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Graphics Card Dilema

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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2009 3:06:19 PM

Hello

I'm new here and looking for some advice, thanks in advance for any help.

In trying to decide on a spec for a reasonably priced laptop, for use with MS office / surfing; but also Autocad, mid level games (quake / C&C), and photoshop; i'm struggling with the choice of graphics card. I have two options; either a gaming type card such as nvidia 8700mGT / 9600mGT; or a card focussed on Open GL such as nvidia Quadro FX770m. (I have just chosen nvidia for this example as I know the range a little better, ATI would be just as good).

Part of the answer comes down to use, CAD or games - but I want it for both. (3d modelling / rendering of models will be limited)

Any advice on the performance, or pro's / con's, of the Quadro cards in games; or the Geforce cards in CAD would be appreciated.

typical spec i'm looking at
2.0-2.4 dual core
4gb ram
graphics card - query as above
15.4" (1440x1200)

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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2009 3:14:15 PM

The machine (laptop) as a whole; £800-£1000. I have looked an an Alienware m15x (their cheapest), Dell Precision, Dell XPS, and Toshiba F50. All in this prce range.
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March 5, 2009 3:15:44 PM

oh poop you live in UK and you cant get it from newegg :( 
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2009 3:17:30 PM

no the link worked - thanks; unfortunatly with the exchange rate and Gordon elustrious leadership !! 1600$ is a little steep.
March 5, 2009 3:18:09 PM

whats the conversion rate for us?
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2009 3:20:47 PM

£1 tis roughly 1.4$. So 1120$ ideal, up to 1400$. I have far to may hobbies to justify spending more for the use I will get out of it...... the age old problem of look what an extra 100$ buy's. if only.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2009 3:23:18 PM

That looks pretty smart.

Am I right in saying the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 cards are games focussed; do you know how they handle Open GL focussed programs / Autocad?
March 5, 2009 3:24:14 PM

i dont now how well it will handle open GL but i know its like 2-3 gens ahead of everything else you were looking at.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2009 3:25:00 PM

thanks for the help. much appreciated.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2009 3:27:18 PM

amazon uk, not always the same stock but I will give it a go.
March 5, 2009 3:28:28 PM

bleh its not in stock there.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 5, 2009 3:33:49 PM

just looked. we have a similar spec machine slightly costlier with an AMD chip (which I want to avoid as Autocad has historically prefered intel floating points), and another with is nowhere near the same spec for a comprable cost.

the search will go on.
March 5, 2009 3:35:11 PM

MSI GT725-074US NoteBook copy paste that in im sure you can find a website that has it.
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