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I have a bro-in-law that would play very little, but if he had to would be OK with fair performance at lower res. Looking AGP at the ATI 9550 or perhaps NVIdia 6200. Trying to keep it around $60 or so, and both of these fit the bill. Any preference one way or the other, or any other suggestions? I would go 9800 Pro, even used, but eBay hits them up to $80 and up.
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I would go with the 6200 for the simple reason that it supports more features but don't get a turbocache as it will eat your memory.
    
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9800PRO is a very good card and is softmoddable to a 9800xt, which dominates both the 6200 and 5500.
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9800PRO is a very good card and is softmoddable to a 9800xt, which dominates both the 6200 and 5500.
Man, he said his brother-in-law wasn't gonna go that high budgetwise.But i would totally agree with you on the 9800pro's power compared to 6200/9550.
    
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Man, he said his brother-in-law wasn't gonna go that high budgetwise.But i would totally agree with you on the 9800pro's power compared to 6200/9550.
I actually picked up a refurb 9800 Pro on eBay for $59.99 which included shipping this past weekend - the only one that went for less than $80 recently, so I scored, but I am keeping that bad boy for me and a spare LAN machine.

Leaning towards the 6200, since THG says it can get 30-40 FPS on the likes of Doom 3.
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I would go with the 6200 for the simple reason that it supports more features but don't get a turbocache as it will eat your memory.
I would tend to agree. The 256 MB versions right now can be had for around $50 on Newegg, so that ain't bad.

and as you can see from my setup, it causes me actual pain to have to sit and purchase that card for someone.
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I would look into 7300 series or x550 both from newegg or ebay.
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For a new build skip AGP and just go PCI-e. They're about the same price now, and you'll at least want the option to upgrade later. I have AGP, built this PC 8 months ago and now regret it. I'm not even a gamer, but would like the option at least.
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I would look into 7300 series or x550 both from newegg or ebay.
Nice thought, but both are PCI-e and I need an AGP card.

So anyone not think the 6200 is the way to go?
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For a new build skip AGP and just go PCI-e. They're about the same price now, and you'll at least want the option to upgrade later. I have AGP, built this PC 8 months ago and now regret it. I'm not even a gamer, but would like the option at least.
Not an option. I grabbed Outpost's $90 deal with the 3100+ Sempron and 754 socket mobo (AGP). I grabbed one for myself to pair with the 9800 Pro and it is a champ.
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