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 130 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? 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. Related resources Best bang for buck fastest pc build £600 max - Forum What's the best " bang for buck " x79 board for this rig? - Forum Best bang for buck card at 1600X900 - Forum Best bang for the buck with $600.00 - Forum Looking for the best Bang for your Buck card. - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Best solution renz496 a c 130 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 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. 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? 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. renz496 a c 130 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. John_81 February 11, 2010 3:31:29 PM Cool, Thank you. John_81 February 18, 2010 12:41:38 PM Best answer selected by John_81. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumBest Bang for Buck ? ForumWhat laptop has the best bang for my buck ? ForumBest Choice and Bang for my Buck ForumBest bang for buck z77 for gaming and overclocking ForumThe best bang for my buck - For a gaming computer ForumGetting the Best Bang for Buck ForumBest Bang for buck for an SSD with SATA3 Forum7950 OC the best bang for the buck at ~$300? ForumBest bang for buck : 7870 or 7950? ForumBest bang for buck 2011 socket? Forum$200 Upgrade: Best Bang for Buck ? ForumWhich of these 2 laptops is the best bang for the buck ? ForumBest bang for buck card @1920x1080 ForumAre these parts compatible/ best bang for buck ? ForumJust bought a 7970... 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 !