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Which cheap video card do you recommend?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 23, 2005 5:14:07 PM

My computer is mostly just a DAW so I shouldn't need much. My main concern is the audio programs I use such as Sonar, and Sound Forge. I don't want the video card to be a bottleneck in displaying waveforms etc. I'm debating between the following two cards. The main difference I think is the 64Bit vs 128Bit. Will that matter much? Your opinions are much appreciated.

1) GIGABYTE ATI RADEON 9550 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 64-Bit, TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "GV-R955128T" -RETAIL

2) GIGABYTE ATI RADEON 9250 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "GV-R925128D" -RETAIL
March 23, 2005 5:16:17 PM

The cheapest card. Unless your gaming, a cheap PCI card will suit your needs.

The waveforms will be generated by the CPU, not the GPU.

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March 23, 2005 5:17:35 PM

Wow, you don't mess around! Thanks for the super-quick reply.
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March 23, 2005 7:14:04 PM

Alot of the time cheap AGP cards like the GF2MX are cheap in AGP format than PCI. Of course a really old 2mb PCI card would be cheaper than that and do the basics, I'd just prefer the quality of something GF2MX or R7000 level.

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March 24, 2005 2:01:08 AM

Can't you get a 9550 128bit version - much better.

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March 24, 2005 2:12:33 AM


Who's the man with the master plan?