Solved Best bang for the buck? Tags: Graphics Cards Workstations Graphics Product Last response: February 18, 2010 12:41 PM in Graphics & Displays Share John_81 February 10, 2010 1:19:16 PM Hello, Looking for advice on upgrading a workstation video card from FireGL v3100, what would be the best choice in a $100-$150 range? Processor is a intel 3ghz and board only has 2gb ram (2 slots 1gb each) this machine is not anything special just looking to keep it around a couple more years. Thanks :-) More about : bang buck renz496 a c 144 U Graphics card February 10, 2010 1:58:35 PM what you want to do with the card? gaming or workstation related work? and what is you processor? m 0 l John_81 February 10, 2010 2:56:54 PM renz496 said:what you want to do with the card? gaming or workstation related work? and what is you processor? processor is listed (3ghz intel single core), workstation gets used for AutoCad, Illustrator, Photoshop... no gaming, it is at work :-) Just looking for a little input before I buy a card, not looking to spend a lot of cash and this machine is at its last upgrade before replacement. Thanks again for the suggestions. m 0 l Related resources Buying new Card $200 to spend Best bang for your buck? (Canada) - Forum Best bang for buck CPU - Forum Best bang for your buck $500 gaming pc? - Forum Best bang for buck for my system - Forum Best bang for the buck 7.1 Soundcard - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Best solution renz496 a c 144 U Graphics card February 11, 2010 12:37:25 AM maybe you can look into this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if i'm not mistaken this is one of cheapest quadro in the market. but you can look on reviews about this card first before deciding Share paperfox a b U Graphics card February 11, 2010 5:23:07 AM http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/quadrofx... definatly that Nvidia Quadro FX 380 due to Nvidias better driver support in AutoCad. m 0 l John_81 February 11, 2010 1:32:41 PM OK, that looks good but I have one other quick question... the motherboard has a 16x pci slot, not the 2.0 version. Will this card still work? m 0 l John_81 February 11, 2010 1:36:00 PM And thank you both again for the help... the comparison charts were a good link, I am looking to upgrade at home too and it will help me make a choice. not running 2 monitors here, but I forgot to add that we use Solid Works also so the added ummph in rendering will be a big bump. m 0 l renz496 a c 144 U Graphics card February 11, 2010 2:15:19 PM John_81 said:OK, that looks good but I have one other quick question... the motherboard has a 16x pci slot, not the 2.0 version. Will this card still work? most new card that are compatible with PCI-E 2.0 should be able to run on older PCI-E (i.e PCI-E 1.1) because it has backward compatibility. m 0 l John_81 February 11, 2010 3:31:29 PM Cool, Thank you. m 0 l John_81 February 18, 2010 12:41:38 PM Best answer selected by John_81. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedWhich one is the best bang for the buck?? Forum SolvedBest bang for your buck Case Forum SolvedBest bang for buck Forum SolvedBest bang for buck? CPU from E6600 to Q6600 (or similar) vs. 2gb to 4gb memory upgrade Forum SolvedBest bang-for-your-buck psu? Forum Solvedbest bang for the buck SSD? Forum SolvedBest bang for your buck motherboard? Forum SolvedBest bang for buck gaming laptop under 1500 Forum SolvedComplete Build - Best Bang For The Buck? Forum SolvedWhat's the best "bang for the buck" aftermarket CPU cooler for a fx-6300? Forum Solvedlooking for the best bang for buck gaming/media center Forum SolvedBest bang for the buck Graphics card? Forum SolvedBest bang for buck CPU cooler for 4350 oc (4.7ghz +) Forum SolvedBest Bang for your Buck??? Need Help! Forum SolvedBest Bang For my Buck and reliability Forum More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !