Multi OS Multi Purpose gfx woes

Hopefully I can get by this without fat fingering again.

I need to buy a PCIe GFX card now.

I have a HP Pavilion a6700y, 4GB's RAM @6400 MBps, 4x1800 AMD, Phenom 9150e CPU, 3 each 1TB SATA, (wish they were SCSI, and I had such high hopes for these disks), I am not sure what the on-baord gfx is, it does not serve my needs at all.

When I bought the HP, (last week) I knew the on-board GFX would not be suitable. I ordered an ATI X300SE with 128MB at the same time. This is why I did this, I have a dell 600m with a ATI Radeon 9000 with 32MB that runs my 55 Flatscreen TV at 1920x1080 and a 24" Flatscreen at 1920x1200 at the same time, (and switches between them) flawlessly under Windows XP Pro. I figured that a newer ATI Radeon card with more memory would be able to do it even better, the x300se turned out to be a real piece of junk.

More memory is not always better...

Anyway, the HP has proved to be such a capable, (and inexpensive) machine that I have decided to throw away my power hungry SUN Microsystems Ultra 80 and it's two state of the art Creator 3D graphics cards away and run Linux on the HP.

State of the art 13 years ago...

So I can no longer use an ATI card at all, well it is possible, but I don't want the headaches. It is my understanding that Geforce cards work under Linux quite well.

I have been online for about 3 hours now looking for PCIe(x16) cards and am no closer to picking one than when I started, actually, I have already bought a:

C02-PNY-880GTS - PNY nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 640MB DDR3 2DVI/HDTV PCI-Express Video Card from PacificGeek for 100$ and 2 minutes later found this while looking at PNY's website:

9800 GT 1024MB PCIe for 129$.

I (think) understand that the 9800 is newer than the 8800, but is it better? Is it 30$ better?

I have concerns about hmmnn others "brands" of geforce cards, do they usually function as if they were a "real" geforce card?

For example, at: they have a EVGA nVidia GeForce 7200GS 256MB Support Upto 512MB DVI/TV-out PCI-Express Video Card that sounds to me is if it will serve my needs for the Linux as well as the Dual display, different resolution, switching requirements for 43$

But, and I bet you guys know, can you play solitaire on it? ;-) I would like a reasonably decent game card as well.

I need to buy now
It HAS to be a PCIe, I have a PCIe x16 full height slot available with an empty slot (space) on either side.
I have PS's / cases /ect, so these are not an issue
I need to do at least two displays, one at 1920x1200, one at 1920x1080, and be able to switch them with software.
150$ is my outside limit.
Gaming would be a big plus,
Autocad and such would be used, but not a great deal.
I need the card to work under Windows 7 64bit, Windows XP Pro 64bit, and Linux

Please advise, and I thank you now!
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  1. 8800 GT should suit your needs pretty well. The newer Nvidia architecture is their 2xx series, so something like the 260 might be well suited to you as well. Yes the 9800GT is a little better than the 8800 but it's not a big difference.

    Brand name isn't that big of a deal. ATI and Nvidia liscense out their cards to manufacturers. ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, eVGA, Sapphire, and HIS are all pretty reputable names.

    I hope this helps.
  2. We could have carried this on in your other thread!
    The 8800GTS 640mb is an old power hungry card that will not run on your HP PSU (power supply).
    The best cards that run on your std HP PSU presuming it is about 300watts would be cards like HD4650/70, HD5570 and HD5670 from ATI partners or GT240 and possible 9800GT eco/green versions from nvidia partners.
    All these cards will meet your demands, except they would be classified as casual gaming cards, and can be bought from websites like this one at a lower price than the places you listed.
    Here is an article where some of them are compared,2552.html
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