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Old 03-09-2007, 12:55 AM   #11 (permalink)
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You guys should think twice before posting recommendations... He shows a card at 120$ and you recommend 1-3k$ cards...

If you are mainly doing graphic design, the difference will be rendering times. Any card will work fine.. just the cheaper ones will require more time to render your work.
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:43 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Yes thank you U-Toast. Right now, I don't need to spend as much on my graphics card as my entire PC

My budget is $1,500

So far, without the graphics card, i've spent about $1,300.

so i'm looking to spend ~$200 on a graphics card.

I appreciate the information regarding cards that are game specific and graphics specific. Now, does anyone have any recommendations for a decent graphics card within my budget? I know a Quadro cards kick some ***...but it's just not going to happen at this point.

here are some of my specs for the computer:

Case: Antec ATX Mid Tower case w/500w power supply
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what kind of graphic designing are we speaking of here.. because if its photoshop.. you don't need a good videocard...
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what kind of graphic designing are we speaking of here.. because if its photoshop.. you don't need a good videocard...
It's not just Photoshop, but it does involve a lot of HUGE Photoshop files, web design, illustrator, flash, etc.

I also deal with a little bit of 3D. I use 3Ds Max and ZBrush, and i've started getting involved with SolidWorks lately.
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if youre going to be doing heavy photoshoping and editing you should think of going raid
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Most of that is more ram intensive than anything else. Any card in the 200$ range will suite your needs for now. I used to do quite a lot of 3d rendering on my old 9700pro and it was fine on that.

As for 200$ cards, you will want to look at the 7900GS/GT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130056

That would be a good choice, and is under you budget.

You can also go with a X1950XT, but it will run a little more. It does outperform the 7900GS/GT tho.
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