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CincyPete
03-24-06, 12:43 PM
Hey all, I am getting ready to put a video card in my sons Dell 2400 computer. Its a 2.2 ghz P4 with 1 gig of ram. It doesnt have a AGP port. Only PCI. I have found 2 that look promising. One is a 5500 256 and the other is a 6200 128. Is it better to go with the newer generation or the more ram? He will be playing WOW nonstop and is complaining about the 10 FPS he has now lol.
Thanks guys

Medion
03-24-06, 02:38 PM
The 5500 is a refresh of the 5200, while the 6200 is a budget card from the superceding generation. My guess is that, in terms of raw speed, they'd be about the same. However, using the full-screen glow and any other shaders, the 6200 would show a significant advantage over the FX.

As for RAM, neither card is truly fast enough to run at high enough resolution/AA/AF to utilize 256, probably not even 128. so, ignore that stat.

Honestly, I'd go with the 6200. It may not be a mainstream gaming card for today, but it will run WoW well enough. Wow really doesn't need a high end card (my wife's 6800GS runs it as well as my 7800GT). The main factor is the CPU, and it ran fine on my P4 2.4ghz.

Gentle
03-27-06, 10:53 PM
Do some research on if the 6200 PCI is an unlockable part. Some of the AGP cards are. Don't know about the PCI ones though.

If it is unlockable, it would be better than the other card for sure.

Gentle

JamesDax
03-28-06, 12:36 AM
The 6200 would be better regardless. It is the best PCI card out and will run WoW just fine.

CaptNKILL
03-28-06, 03:50 AM
Hmm... are you guys sure theres a PCI 6200? I've never seen one... as far as I know they only make AGP and PCI-Express versions.

JamesDax
03-28-06, 07:33 AM
Hmm... are you guys sure theres a PCI 6200? I've never seen one... as far as I know they only make AGP and PCI-Express versions.

Uhm yes CaptN there is. BFG makes a 256Mb one under their own name and a 128Mb one under their 3D Fuzion name. Very nice card. My daughter has the 3D Fuzion one. Here it is: http://www.chumbo.com/Info.aspx?id=304966

CaptNKILL
03-28-06, 02:18 PM
Ah ok. None of my regular online stores have that. I wonder why no ones selling it, thats probably the best PCI solution available.

I guess its a bit pricey for most people though. For $25 more you could get a decent PCI-E board and a PCI-E 6200 (which would be quite a bit faster).

Still. If I had to go PCI, Id get that.

Fathertime36
03-28-06, 03:44 PM
Hmm... are you guys sure theres a PCI 6200? I've never seen one... as far as I know they only make AGP and PCI-Express versions.
NM!

snowmanwithahat
03-28-06, 03:52 PM
hey dude, definetly compare that 6200 to the 5700 LE, because from my friends experience and just general knowledge, i think the 5700 LE would be your best bet

JamesDax
03-28-06, 04:41 PM
hey dude, definetly compare that 6200 to the 5700 LE, because from my friends experience and just general knowledge, i think the 5700 LE would be your best bet

Not!!! I upgraded from a 5700LE to a 6200 and I'm here to tell you that the 6200 owns the 5700LE.

Darkfalz
03-28-06, 06:29 PM
Another vote for 6200, Being a 6 series, it has much better driver support than the FX series (even in little things like video playback, NVIDIA broke DXVA on FX cards and obviously don't intend to fix it).

ViN86
03-29-06, 12:05 AM
wow even pixel shader 3.0 support :thumbsup: