Torn between video cards. Help!

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  1. Clinton McClure

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    Within the next few weeks, I'm going to order a 512 stick of RAM from newegg.com. I'm also at that point going to order a new video card from them. I'm torn between three and would like your help deciding. I only have PCI slots so here are the choices:

    Powercolor ATI RADEON 7500LE 64M for $68
    Powercolor ATI RADEON 9000 64M for $89
    PNY Verto GEFORCE FX128M PCI 8X 5200 DUAL VGA for $107.

    I have a 2.2GHz processor and will be running 648M DDRAM. What's my best bet? Thanks in advance.
     
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    If that's your max price range, I'd say go for a 4200Ti--It'll definitely perform better than the others listed and can be had for as low as $100
     
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    What is the 4200Ti?
     
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    I checked out the 4200Ti and it seems it's only available for AGP slots. No good for me. I'll most likely end up going for the GeForce 5200FX. Thanks.
     
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    Sorry--I didn't see that in your first post that you were stuck w/ a PCI. Take a look at the ATI 8500. I believe it'll perform a little better than the 5200, but is a little older.
     
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    Tom's Hardware

    Here's a performance link for card comparisons. The 5200 isn't on there, but I seem to remember reading that performancewise, it's similar to the G4 440 MX.
     
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    The Geforce FX 5200 is a DirectX 9 part.. which is nice, but it's performance is equal to a Geforce MX 440, which (a directX 7 part) lacked all the important features that made up Geforce3 (DX8) and 4 (8.1, speed).. The Geforce4 MX series were basically pumped up GF2s.

    That having been said, out of your list, I would look into a few other options.. like the ATI Radeon 9200 (now shipping in abundance) or the Geforce TI4200, which can now be had pretty cheaply.
     

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