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The seeker of perfection
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I want to build a cheap pc that is gonna be used for casual gaming so i want to add a low budget card.

I just telephoned one 3 stores and they have a radeon 9600. When i'm asking about the memory bus they can't answer. I don't want to go there just to having to come back home in vain (i suspect they only sell the 64 bit version, judging for the prices).

Is thre a big difference between a geforce 5200 (128 bit) and a radeon 9600 (64 bit)? (bit, not Mb)
The only low budget card i have seen is the gf 5200 and that just ocassionally. Anyway i'll be fine with something similar for this machine but not slower.

(Don't you dare to suggest waiting or getting another cards, these are the only ones they have in Mexico at low budget price, really).
 

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The 9600 has a higher fillrate and beter Pixel Shaders.. but the 5200 has more memory bandwidth.. significantly more. If it's a regular 9600, it has a 128-bit bus.. only SE/LE models have a 64-bit bus.

Tough decision. Neither of those cards are very good at all, but I'd take the 9600SE over the 5200. You could probably find a 9600 Pro for pretty cheap.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I just bought the radeon 9600SE. It's slightly faster than the 5200 (atleast what i have seen of the later). It will only be used with dscaler, gba emus and epsxe so it's running fine. Thanks for the advice.
 

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exactly viperXtreme is right a radeon 9550 whatever version just 128 bit +omega drivers this is a very strong combo for less than100& so i say go for it
but never take a 5200:mad:
 

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cooliscool said:
The 9600 has a higher fillrate and beter Pixel Shaders.. but the 5200 has more memory bandwidth.. significantly more. If it's a regular 9600, it has a 128-bit bus.. only SE/LE models have a 64-bit bus.

Tough decision. Neither of those cards are very good at all, but I'd take the 9600SE over the 5200. You could probably find a 9600 Pro for pretty cheap.
You forgot to say that 5200 is crap, remember :lol:

Anyway, I'd say neither. If you save your money you can buy a GeForce 6600.

EDIT: Stupid me I forgot you said cheap pc. Screw 5200 anyway.
 

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ViperXtreme said:
anyone heard of a GeCube Radeon 9550 Extreme Edition/Speedy Edition?, its pretty cheap but its almost as fast as a radeon 9600Pro, i think its below $100
Not a chance. :nono:
 

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the Gecube 9550 is a Oced 9550 with 128bit bus. so it should come to a 9600pro . i seen the reviews of it . it was = with a 9600pro if not a bit faster.
 

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Sadly the only 9550 sold here is the 64 bit version so it can't be converted to 9600 pro :cry: I forgot to tell you, the regular 9600 is sold here for 210 bucks, wtf? so i went for the se edition and it works faster than the 5200 in the apps i'm using in this pc.

One problem though. I bought an aopen a75p 17 inches monitor and the black color is not exactly black.... which is noted in dscaler (ps2 graphics). Is like it has a little gray tone in all the screen. I swichted monitors and everything is fine si is the monitor. It works perfectly fine, this is just they way it outputs color. :cry: :cry:
 

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too bad, the GeCube 9550EE is actually using the 9600(XT?) core, just underclocked, so if you look at its settings, it reads 9600 series on the properties.

the original 9550 vanilla uses 250/400 afaik while the gecube extreme ones uses at least 400/500 clocks.
 
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