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GFX upgrade?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Phaser, 18 Jun 2006.

  1. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,562

    Hi all.

    Looking to bump up the graphics in my second machine. Installed Richard Burns Rally on there earlier and it won't work as the current gfx card dosen't support pixel shading. (GForce MX 440SE 64MB)

    Now as its only my second computer, and it's nothing special (Sempron 2400+/cheap mobo/1GB generic RAM) I don't want to spend too much. Would probably like to go second hand.

    What would the cheapest but worthwhile upgrade be?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Darkwave

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,780

    Any particular budget you have in mind? Pretty much anything is a worthwhile upgrade over an MX440, I used to have one myself.
     
  3. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,562

    Cheap as possible mate. Would I get something any good second hand for say £30-40?
     
  4. Dark_Angel

    Capodecina

    Joined: 12 May 2005

    Posts: 12,637

    what about something like a 9800PRO or something? you may be able to pick one up really cheap second hand...
     
  5. Darkwave

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,780

    Hate to say it but a Geforce 6200 sounds like a decent upgrade for that machine. ~£30 for the 128MB version and ~£40 for the 256MB one.

    I'll be honest, they're both terrible cards, but they fit your budget and will be a pretty big upgrade from an MX 440. They support all current shader models, too.
     
  6. fullfat

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Jul 2005

    Posts: 1,653

    Location: Nottingham

    fair point about that 6200 supporting the newest shaders but its not really got the power to fully use them. surely the 9800 would have more raw power than the 6200?
     
  7. Darkwave

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,780

    Yeah, you're not wrong at all. The only reason I mentioned it was because his MX 440 didn't support whichever shader model his game uses, it's a minor plus that the 6200 just happens to support them all currently.
     
    Last edited: 19 Jun 2006
  8. ob1

    Gangster

    Joined: 16 Apr 2006

    Posts: 202

    9800pro should work ? It has sm2 which is good enough for hdr in hl2 and lots of other games
     
  9. djcj

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,418

    I'm pretty sure a 9800pro does not support hdr in hl2
     
  10. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,562

    Haven't got a 9800, got a GForce 4 MX440 atm.

    Would the 9800Pro be a "good" upgrade then?
     
  11. Darkwave

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,780

    If you can get a 9800 Pro within your budget, it's a good card.
     
  12. Naj

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Jun 2006

    Posts: 136

    My 9800Pro, will be on ebay soon, was able to play HDR....