GAINWARD FX5200 256

cleeve

Illustrious
Avoid anything that has the number 5200 on it at all costs if you ever plan on playing DirectX 9 titles like Half-Life 2.

Get yourself a nice Geforce4 Ti4200 for cheap, or if you can afford it get a Radeon 9600.
If you can spare the extra bucks, the 9600 PRO is definitely worth it.

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Radeon 9500 (modded to PRO w/8 pixel pipelines)
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
3dMark03: 3529
 

speeduk

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Personally I would avoid anything with FX in the name at the moment. The card you state is just about the worse you can get if you plan on playing any game with it thats recent...

<A HREF="http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k1=7000747" target="_new"> 3D-2001 </A>
<A HREF="http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k3=1284380" target="_new"> 3D-03 </A>
<font color=red> 120% overclocker </font color=red> (cheapskate)
 

cleeve

Illustrious
Also keep in mind that 256 megabytes on a video card is almost completely useless. For cheaper cards 64 megs is just fine, and 128 megs is a luxury but justifiable.

You won't notice any performance difference with memory. You might see slightly higher rez textures in future games that support 128 megs of textures, but other than that, no speed difference at all.

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Radeon 9500 (modded to PRO w/8 pixel pipelines)
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
3dMark03: 3529