Originally posted by cefr24
It seems simple enough but I do not want to make any mistakes. This guy wants his computer fast and he does not want to spend hardly anything. [/B]
agree w/ everyone else, that the FX-5200 is an all around decent card for basic computing and minimal gaming.
the plus of that card is that you can use dual monitors if you or (your friend) decides that later they would like a 2nd monitor.
the 9550 will give you much better longevity and will play games much better (newer)...however it does NOT have DVI, so it can ONLY have 1 monitor setup, but if you don't care for 2 monitors, then...
i would go w/ the 9550 for it's better performance.
but if i were you...impress your friend and get MSI 9550
for $10 more bucks, you have a faster card w/ 128mb AND 128bit as opposed to the other Gigabyte one w/ 64bit.
AND w/ this card you have the ability to use 2 monitors as well.
and MSI is a much more reputable company IMHO.