I'm looking to build a pc for a work colleague, whos's remit is most CAD work with AutoCAD 2002, plus he wants good DVD playback and possibly some gaming in the future. He is on quite a tight budget so i'm looking at around £1000 ($1500) all in, including the graphics card. This is where i start to scratch my head (so to speak )
If money was no object i'd recommend the Quadro4 900XGL, however it is and the only card i have found for less than £200 ($300, which is about the max i wanna spend on the card) is the 3d Labs Oxygen VX-1. My problem is finding technical info and more importantly comparisons with other mainstream cards.
My question is this: For the sums of money im talking about, is it worth getting the entry-level Oxygen based card for CAD performance, or will, for example, the TI4600 outperform it? Are there other OpenGL cards out there under £200 that kick arse?
Any insights will be appreciated.
FYI: the rest of the system is as follows:
Athlon XP 2100
ABit KD7 KT400
80GB Maxtor D740X
Creative Labs Audigy II
Creative Labs Inspire 6700 6.1 THX
IIyama 19" Vision Master 1451
KB, mouse, case, floppy, modem
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Xensor on 12/12/02 03:13 PM.</EM></FONT></P>