128MB GeForce FX5200 vs 2600 PRO

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  1. lakerbob macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I currently have a 5 yeard old Dell Dimension 4600 that has a 128MB DDR NVidia GeForce FX 5200 video card. It plays all of the games my kids play on the pc fine; Jedi Knight, Sims2, Freddi the Fish, and so on. Would the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO match up well compared to the Dell for this type of casual gaming, or will I need the 8800GS?

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  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    My kids had the FX5500/128 before they went to the HD2600 in the iMacs. The difference was considerable. Having said that, if you are getting the 24", pay the extra money and get the 8800GS.
     
  4. lakerbob thread starter macrumors member

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    The above is from Mr. Sarcastic's link. Seems to suggest to me that if we're perfectly happy with the graphics in the FX5200 on the Dell, than the 2600 should be fine for us. I'd like to get the 8800, but I'm leaning towards a refurb which would be a significant cost difference.
     
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    Yep. You should be happy with the 2600. Just remember as kids get older their gaming demands increase and with an iMac the video card is permanent.
     
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    If you are getting by fine with a Pentium 4 (?) based machine with a FX5200, an iMac with a Core 2 Duo and a Radeon HD 2600 Pro will be a considerable upgrade for you! :) :apple:
     
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