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May 16, 2008 9:05:08 PM

I have to get a new video card for a second-hand precision 470 - the quadro fx that it came with died. Does anyone know if newer video cards will work with this machine?

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May 16, 2008 9:18:34 PM

I should mention, I am thinking about getting the EVGA 384-P3-N853-AR GeForce 8800GS Superclocked 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...

Does anyone know if this will work, or if there is something better for around this price?

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May 16, 2008 9:40:10 PM

PCI-E 2.0 is compatible, so a s long as it fits the case it'll work just fine, it should work for you :) 
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a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2008 12:13:14 AM

What are you going to do with the card?
May 17, 2008 12:26:12 AM

ehm im guessing his going to play tag with it.
a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2008 1:33:10 AM

alfrido said:
ehm im guessing his going to play tag with it.

:kaola:  Funny guy; let me explain. His old card is a Quadro...a pro workstation card not a gaming card. He is now linking to a gaming card. They use different drivers geared toward different tasks. That's why I asked.
a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2008 2:33:00 AM

IMO not funny, dumb, to not understand the question or the reason behind it.

Anywhoo, yeah, if he's 'working' with the card he may need certified and signed drivers.

For gaming it's a different story. Personally I'd say a GF9600GT would be a better choice than that GF8800GS.

Also I'd say the FireGL cards are better value for many workstation apps nowadays.

So depending on his use very different wise choices to consider.
May 17, 2008 6:03:26 AM

get a certified workstation graphics. its obviously for work like 3d modeling or cad since the one hes replacing is a quadro fx.
May 17, 2008 2:41:25 PM

I'm just looking for a good card that works with Autocad and other CAD softwares well - I don't play games ever, but I do a lot of 3D modeling work and stuff like that. I want to spend $100 - 140 that's it.
May 18, 2008 1:21:37 AM

I looked at the 9600GT vs the 8800Gs and don't really get what is so better. They seem to be around the same price. Is there something that makes them advantageous for CAD and 3D modeling, graphic work?

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May 18, 2008 6:31:54 AM

memetic said:
I looked at the 9600GT vs the 8800Gs and don't really get what is so better. They seem to be around the same price. Is there something that makes them advantageous for CAD and 3D modeling, graphic work?

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The whole 9x series with the exception of the newest 9800 GSX is basically a value series. Often time's its suggested to go with a 8800 gt/gts over the 9600; however that's hitting a little higher than ur budget. THG has a nice gpu for the buck list they come out with every couple of months. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-card,1923.html

I'm personally a gamer so if i was in your situation i'd prob go for the 9600 as its a slightly better performing card and has more ram; unless i could find a deal on a 8800 gt/gts or eat salad for a week and throw another $40-50 at it.

Something else to consider; if you're using this with CAD or something, consider the resolution you're working at. I'm told that the higher memory graphics cards come into play at the insane resolutions which might help you out more than a little more power. That reason alone i'd shoot for either the 9600 or the slighty more expensive 8800 gt/gts

I just bought a XFX 8800 GTS 512. Oh, and just because your off the shelf comp has a PCIe slot on it, doesn't mean the PSU can handle it. :-p don't ask me how i know this... (yea, i really should have known better...)
May 19, 2008 2:14:21 PM

OK, thanks aaron1719, but now I am back at the beginning. Why shouldn't I get the EVGA 384-P3-N853-AR GeForce 8800GS that I posted above. It is an 8800 and the price is only $109, which is good for me.

Is there something better that costs around the same or only costs $20-30 more?
May 19, 2008 3:03:04 PM

I originally wanted a 7600GT, then an 8600GT, then an 8800GS...bided my time, saved my pennies, and got a 9600GT and was completely blown away. Compared to the 8800GS, it has a faster core, shader, and memory clock, and has almost 20 GB/s more memory bandwidth.

Either card would've been better than what I had (I was running integrated...eegh), but I'm just shocked by the 9600GT's performance in everything I do and I highly recommend you bide your time to get it like I did.
May 19, 2008 4:41:40 PM

So, the 9600 is better than the 8800? Cause what I'm seeing price-wise I can get an 8800 for the same price as a 9600. Maybe I need to do some more reading...
May 19, 2008 5:11:44 PM

Better than the 8800GS, but not the 8800GT.
May 19, 2008 6:30:40 PM

If your case can fit the fansink, go for it. 550 watts is what I run, but make ABSOLUTELY sure there are at LEAST 25 amps on the 12V rail(s). You can open it up and look at the PSU label and find this out.
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