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Howdy All!

I am building a system for my son and I am getting ready to purchase a video card. I have a 6800GT in mine and love it, but I do more high end gaming/graphics, so they don't need that much, nor am I wanting to spend $150.

I am looking to stay around the $50-75 range and was looking at the following 256mb GeForce cards:

Nvidia FX5200
Nvidia FX5500
Nvidia FX5700
Nvidia FX6200
ATI 9550
ATI 9600XT
TI 4600
TI 4200

I know the TI 4200/4600 are old, but some people are stating that they out-perform their FX5xxx series.

I dont know much about Core/Memory Speeds, RAMDAC, etc...

The system this will be going in so far will have a P4 2.4g 800mhz processor, 1g ram and a motherboard supporting a 4x/8x AGP card. They plan to play games like Command & Conquer and World of Warcraft.

Thanks in advance!
 

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TI 4200 - DX 8.1
TI 4600 - DX 8.1
Nvidia FX5200 - DX 9.0
Nvidia FX5500 - DX 9.0
Nvidia FX5700 - DX 9.0
Nvidia FX6200 - DX 9.0c
ATI 9550 - DX 9.0
ATI 9600XT - DX 9.0

That shows them in order of progression from lowest to greatest and in terms of capability.
 

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the 5200 is definetaly below the 4600, and probably the 4200 too... the entire fx line claimed dx9 compatiblity, but in reality were dx8.1 cards with some dx9 features thrown in, only the 6xxx series got full dx9 compatibility. overall, the 9600xt is the best card out of the group.
 

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True, the GeForce 3 series were even more powerful than the FX cards in some areas.
yup and my geforce 2 ultra is faster then a 7900gt ... :rolleyes: (oh btw the only card from the fx series wich was NOT a new card was the 5200 wich was an overworked 4600 wich could work with directx9)

Let me chime in on this ... the TI series is seriously outdated. They dont support DirectX9 wich most newer games have. There for i would NOT get one these as i know of 2 or 3 games that wont run (bf2,f2142 and propably some others)

over all the 9600XT is the best out of the ones you have mentioned, closely folloed by the 6200 (wich is actually newer and supports shader model 3) and then closely followed by the 5700. I wouldnt take any other of them ! these will perform nicely and work well.

You also might want to look at the x700,x1300,x1600,x1650 or the 6600GT,7300GT or 7600GT these will cost a little more but the x1300 is in the below 100$ range aswell as the 7300GT and will outperform the 9600XT. Also the 6600GT is very good !

just to give you some links to some good cards for the under 100$ budget.
x1300 from powercolor (i have only had sucess with powercolor so far !)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131032
7300GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814145139
6800XT(not as powerfull as a GT but still a good runner up only has DDR2 ram but its better then the 9600XT by far!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814141038

and then im sure you have found the other cards that you listed
 

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It's true, the GF3 series was something else! The FX5200 was designed as a direct replacement for the GF4Ti 4xxx series.
 

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Thanks everyone for all your valuable input.

I just ordered a Nvidia 6600GT 256mb card for $79.99
Thought this was a nice card for the price!
Thanks again!
 

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It's true, the GF3 series was something else! The FX5200 was designed as a direct replacement for the GF4Ti 4xxx series.
:p its true the older geforce cards were a bomb. but actually ... the geforce 3 was just a replacement for the geforce 2 ultras ^^

to the OP, the 6600GT is a good choice will get you up and running anything there is out there
 
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