Hello, all. I am searching for the ideal video card replacement that hopefully won't force me to update my PSU as well. I have a gateway 3442m PC with 7300 LE Nvidia GPU. I have been checking out several options ranging from nvidia's 220, 9600 gt, 9500 and ati's 4650, but I would like to make sure I won't get an off pc when I switch cards.
I am not a gamer and by no means am I looking for a gaming system (I own a Ps3), but I do model in 3D (solidworks, 3dsmax) and am testing adobe's cs4 (highly intense in graphics), so any suggestion and idea will be very welcome.
I am an Nvidia fan, but I am about to switch to ATI. ATIs are about 30% cheaper than Nvidias, and I just read that the 4650 even outputs DTS MA and Dolby HD thru HDMI. I do not care for that either (I have a fairly decent home theater setup), but Nvidias don't and that's impressive.
Thanx, Shadow 187. I was just wondering about that, because of the princing. I wouldn't know how demanding 3D software is, actually, but I can tell you that Photoshop CS4 is demanding quite much from my current card.
Solidworks benefited from Nvidia Quadros with its Real View graphics (real time shading and some glow effects) but it's only eye-candy as far as I know, it's not that useful when you are modeling. I actually emulated a Quadro chip with my 7300 LE +Rivatuner (that's why I have kept it).
Derbixrace, thanx! Let me check if newegg ships to Mexico and I might get that one.