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Old 12-05-2005, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Should I swap my Video card?

I presently have an Geforce MX440 on my system but my brother-in-law gave me an ATI 9600FE recently. I've done some research on the new card and I'm just wondering if I will see a significant difference in swapping them out. I play a few games like Age of Mythology, Age of Empires (I have the new one coming for Christmas), Roller Coaster Tycoon....that sort of stuff. I'm planning to open the case anyway to soon to upgrade my RAM from 512 to 1024 so I could do it at the same time.

My system is an older HP Pavillion 250e

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Old 12-05-2005, 05:31 PM   #2
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If the vid. card performs better, then go right ahead. I'm a visual person and I play a lot of games and video matters to me. I would upgrade the card if I were you. Just make sure your psu can handle a more demanding video card. If your psu can't take that card, I wouldn't upgrade.
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:42 PM   #3
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I say change.
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Old 12-05-2005, 06:27 PM   #4
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yup change, that mmx440 is that an onbroad graphics chip?
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Default Re: Should I swap my Video card?

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yup change, that mmx440 is that an onbroad graphics chip?

I don't think it is.
U can always try to use the new one u got. If the old one performed better then just put it back, no harm done trying.
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Default Re: Should I swap my Video card?

The 9600 is better. I have an older gateway that had a MX something, and it wouldn't play Halo on higher settings. The 9600 would. Believe me: you'll see a big difference.
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:13 PM   #7
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change 100%
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Default Re: Should I swap my Video card?

yes, change, you are talking a different league.
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Old 12-08-2005, 01:09 PM   #10
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Default Re: Should I swap my Video card?

Thanks for the reply folks. Sorry it took me so long to get back but things have been pretty busy with work and Christmas coming and all. I do appreviate the input.

I am upgrading my ram from 512 to 1024 anyway so I thought why not just try the new card and see. The old one is 64mb and the new one is 128 so it's got to be somewhat different. I was just worried about the compatiability of the ATI with my HP but as long as I get rid of the existing drivers I should be okay. Like someone said, I can always put the MX440 back in.

Anyway, thanks all.
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