Cheap card for graphic work

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I spent $2800 on my first computer. A 486-66 with a 1 meg VGA card. I spend $480 to upgrade to a #9 FX motion card (with 4MB). As the $230, 28.8 modems & $400 P150 stacked up I started to rethink my strategy.

I'm older, wiser and a lot cheaper and I need a inexpensive ($100-$150) video card. I mainly use Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver & Flash. I mess around with large digital photos and don't play games much anymore. I'm thinking of picking up a new Asus A7N8X MB and need some suggestion for an inexpensive video card. I also don't upgrade but every two to three years so I'm not concerned about "building for the future". Any suggestions?
 

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If you want a cheap solution you might want to look at a Geforce 2 MX 400 with 64meg DDR RAM (about $50). I think you can even pick up a Geforce 4 MX 440 for under $100

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I dont know a lot about graphic cards for those types of apps only game cards, and those two cards mentioned are designed for games. I'd do a bit of research into the differences between those game cards and others like the Matrox range. Like i said i'm not a expert but from what ive heard 3d game cards lack some of the 2d features you may be looking for.

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<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by RRAMJET on 08/05/03 12:50 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

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<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?DEPA=1&submit=manufactory&catalog=48&manufactory=1561&description=&page=2" target="_new">Sapphire on www.newegg.com</A>

$120 - ATI OEM RADEON 9500 64MB DDR 8X AGP BULK (what the heck is bulk?)
$132 - SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 128MB 8X AGP DVI/TV RETAIL

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I would go with the 9600 series RADEON. I mean, ATI image quality kicks arse. It's affordable and will work just fine for whatever you want to do. I wouldn't even go over 64MB for the card either...anything above that would be overkill.

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cleeve

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Do NOT go the Geforce MX route as the Nvidia partners are notorious for using low quality RAMDACS.

Any cheap ATI Radeon card should do well for graphic work. Ati ensures that their partners use high quality dual ramdacs. You'll get good display quality.

radeon 7000 or 7200 should be the cheapie offerings right now, both for far under $100.

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Compgeeks has an ATI Radeon VE with dual VGA outputs and 64MB for $40. It sux for games but rules for most other things.

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If you could find an old Matrox, that would probably be great, a new one is going to come in around $500. Otherwise I would grab an ATI 8500. The LE versions will be less than $100, but if it were me, I'd increase the budget about $25 and get the regular 8500. You'll get excellent 2D resolution out of it, though.
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Now that I've checked eBay, you may want to look into the Matrox 450 or even 550 cards. They're all way under $100, just make sure you get something with at least 32mb of RAM. If you want new, check www.tcwo.com, compuplus or monarchcomputers. They all have the G550 for right around $100.
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RRAMJET

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"...Dual-screen video is particularly impressive compared to the competition; combined with strong 2D performance, this makes the P650 an excellent choice for video enthusiasts. The Matrox completed our video tests in faster time than even the high end ATI and nVidia products.

Verdict
"There is a market for the Matrox Millennium P650 - for strong video editing with the most powerful dual screen implementation around this graphics card will prove this a wise purchase"


Aslo check: http://www.3dlabs.com/product/oxygen/oxygen_gvx1_index.htm
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by RRAMJET on 08/05/03 11:24 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

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What about <A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2745546218&category=40158" target="_new">this</A>?

From what I can figure out, the FireGL 8800 is a revamped R8500, that was more optimized for 'heavy' applications instead of games. That one there was $105, so it may be worth a look.
 
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YEAH!

Man I saw the old date on the thread and thought 'who revived' this?

Anywhoo, Matrox rules the business solutions market (not pro 3D designer market). 2D you can't beat, multi-head you can't beat, and it does business-level 3D (not heavy work) ok.

However if you are looking for CHEAP like the title says, then the smaller ATI cards in the 7XXX range should do for cheap. If there is some money to work with (but they AREN'T expensive) then the Matroxes are a great solution.


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I tottaly agree with the Matrox recomandation. Any G400/450/550 should do the trick; if you want solid dual screan go with 450+. In my experience, Matrox card rox in 2d, solid/stable drivers. Other than that a radeon 9000 is really cheap, it offers more recent features then matrox but the 2d quality is probly lower...