All the brands that farhang mentioned are good cards.However he is correct when he said that most people will recommend EVGA cards.EVGA offers a great lifetime warranty as well as great customer support 24/7,as well as their 90 day step-up program which allows you to upgrade your video card to any card that offers more performance.Essentialy the cards that came out after the 7900 like the 7950gt,or the 8800gts and gtx series cards.Goodluck.
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EVGA NF4 SLI MB
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4X 512MB CRUCIAL BALLISTIX DDR500
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ACER 22IN WIDESCREEN LCD 1600X1200
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The problem is that graphics card reviews are always centred around gaming. It's hard to determine what brand and series of card to buy when considering video editing and multi-media.
I read somewhere that the GeForce 7900GT was a good choice for my needs.
After the replies in this forum, I have started to check out the Radeon choices too, primarily the X1950XT but still I am undecided.
A question about VIVO, on the X1950XT I can see the black colored VIVO connection point. I am assuming that this connector is common for both input and output. I have seen some boards with two connectors - one for input, the other for output. There are some many different kinds of cables out there, it's hard to keep track of what's what. Can somebody give me some more info?
I suggest separated cards, so you are not depending on one piece of hardware and upgrade as you want. I believe an external one would be better for compatibility. And for the price... I don't know what's your budget and software, but the pinnacle ones are cheaper. If you go with an internal you gotta go firewire (you don't need the firewire patch from m$, because 100Mb/s allows you to capture in real time at 25MB/s). If you go external, the pinnacle studio plus 700 usb bundle has a nice price /quality ratio.