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#1 Wee

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 06:24 PM

Got an old HP with AMD 3300 Socket 754, 512 mb memory, 9200 SE graphics & XP sp3. I started play WOW again....and the ole' 9200 @ 1280 x 1024 is churnning out a whole 15 FPS at the lowest settings. I was thinking about picking up a 6200 Nivida card for like 45 bucks that should be better, but what do you guys think is a better upgrade for this old trusty machine to survive ??


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Posted 16 February 2009 - 07:46 PM

If you're just planning on playing WoW, a 6200 would be a better card, and you could probably play WoW on medium with about 30fps sometimes (just a guess though). If you plan on playing other games, especially newer games, get a new system. A single core processor, and agp graphics isn't worth upgrading for gaming.
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:16 PM

I actually had the same situation awhile back but it wasn't with WOW, it was a different game.

I made the mistake of buying a Nvidia 6200 .
It was worse then my old Radeon 9200 !
They advertise the 6200 as a "256MB' card but that is a bit misleading.
It uses "turbo cache" for the memory.
It actually has 64MB of memory & gets the rest from the system memory !

I didn't think much of nvidia cards before that & think less of them now.
The only nvidia card I've ever had that was worth having in my opinion was a old Gefore 4 440MX. :thumbsup:

If you'r going with a nvidia card I suggest one that doesn't have "turbo cache" .
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:30 PM

While I totally agree with Sterling on the system upgrade, I must add.
I to have an older system (see sig..) that I to had a AGP video card need for as well. The 6200 you mention, just wont do. I have had family members try the card you mention in WOW, and it just didn't hold its own in that setting. I just installed a Sapphire 3650 AGP and it does a commendable job of rendering on my system. Its one of the few, AGP offerings that don't require a load of wattage and still seams to support some good functionality( be sure to use Hot-fix drivers from sapphires site. don't load the provided disk). I still have my 6200(PNY, 256, fan-less, used after 6800,AGP toasted a couple Caps) as a stand-by, but wouldn't suggest it as a gaming (WOW style) unit. The AGP bus has left the terminal.
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 12:01 AM

If you can pick up a bit more RAM to make 1GB, thats gonna help you the most. My friend is running WoW with quite nice framerates on a 440MX P4 2.2ghz. 6200 is a newer series, so it should work better. Your RAM is usually the biggest bottleneck, in WoW, i think.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:04 PM

If you're just planning on playing WoW, a 6200 would be a better card, and you could probably play WoW on medium with about 30fps sometimes (just a guess though). If you plan on playing other games, especially newer games, get a new system. A single core processor, and agp graphics isn't worth upgrading for gaming.


Tx for the input you guys...My main PC that I play with has a AMD X2 5600, 2 gb. 6400 memory, 9600GT OC'd, and XP Pro SP3. That plays WOW on Max. with 60+ FPS, always....I was just looking to play in garage with the old PC when the wifey is doing work on the main PC....If I can get 30 FPS then that's a decent upgrade and BTW there is a radio shack on the way home from work that is having a clearance on the 6200 for like 39 bucks.




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