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To start off I'm not where to post this - so forgive me. I currently have a nvidia geforce 4 mx (440), and I am thinking of upgrading to a geforce 6200. Will I see a huge difference, eg playing NFS:MW? Does the 6200 support vertex programs etc...? And what about the 6600? My pc only has AGP, not pci-express. The rest of my system: 2.8Ghz cpu and 1 GB ram running win XP SP1. Any personal experiences would be great.

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I was actually in just the same situation ( accept I had a worse card ). I decided that instead of paying out lots right now, since I only have an AGP slot, I would get a cheaper card ( but still good ) now and later when I upgrade my computer to a PCI Express I will get a high powered one. The card I just bought is the GeForce 5500. You can get it on TigerDirect.com for 45$ after the rebate, which is really nice. The card has 256 MB of RAM, and supports Vertex and Pixel Shaders version 2.0. There will also many great reviews for it. I would definitly recommend this card, unless you want to dish out the big bucks right now.

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I would STRONGLY suggest you upgrade to a motherboard with a PCI-E slot. MAJOR speed differences. I just got a PCI-E 6200, and it's AMAZING compared to your MX 4. Supports OpenGL 2.0 V & F Programs completely! Very good. Stay with something cheap, DX10 is around the corner, and it'll require a completely new kind of card aparently.

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You will probably see a huge difference, yes. The 6200 and 6600 are both great for the price, at least on PCIe -- i haven't checked AGP prices in a while.

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Yes, the 6200 is significantly better than the 4 MX (as long as it's the real 6200, not the "TX" "shared memory" version).

The 6200 supports GLSL and HLSL, including shader model 2.0 and 3.0. It won't run 3.0 the fastest possible, but it supports it.

The 6600 (especially the GT version) is a great mainstream card, with good performance for all current games.

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I just upgraded from a geforce 2 MX to a 6200.(its actually a new computer, so I also got 512mb more ram and .5ghz better processor) The difference was *amazing.* I went from running oldish games at the lowest settings and getting 10 fps to running Half-Life 2 at max, except for AA and anisotropic filtering, at 30+ fps. I *love* it.

It supports all current games with pixel shaders, seeing as it has 3.0 support.

BTW, its was in the 256mb flavor and made by EVGA, if you really wanted to know.

A great upgrade.

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...and it'll require a completely new kind of card aparently.

Someone will get *very* angry if it does...

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...and it'll require a completely new kind of card aparently.

Someone will get *very* angry if it does...
That's too bad about the anger, cause this has been known for at least a year.

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I got an AGP 6200A and it's pretty good. It has the latest VS & PS versions - as seen in the $300 cards - but just not as quick.

The PCIe version you have to watch out for the shared memory (turbocache) versions which is a bit tricky, but they are a LOT slower.

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If you were running a GeForce 4 MX, it is entirely possible (actually, somewhat likely) that your motherboard does not support AGP 3.0, and thus couldn't use a 6200. So you might need to replace your mobo anyway.

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IIRC the GF 4MX actually was a modified GF2, so I think you will se a huge improvement. But I just got a 6600(AGP and not GT) and even if performances are more than enaught for my pourposes (I plan to buy a new pc in a year anyway) I would not suggest anything less than it. I don't know how much is the 6600 better than the 6200, but the 6600 should is quite cheap in the USA, don't know in australia...

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