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Old 12-05-2002, 06:25 AM
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I'm getting a new computer in Janurary from a local builder and can choose what video card I want. I don't play games so that is not an issue. I'll be doing mainly graphics work.

The card in my present machine is an OLD 16 meg PCI Riva TNT that does OK.

Any suggestions?
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Old 12-05-2002, 10:00 AM
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The Matrox series (450 and 550 were the last model numbers I remember) are highly regarded for graphics work (but worse than useless for games).
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Old 12-05-2002, 10:44 AM
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Thanks Doug, I'll check them out.
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Old 12-05-2002, 11:44 AM
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Hey Gary, don't knock the TNT. I'm still using one (albeit that mine is AGP).
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Old 12-05-2002, 01:49 PM
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Here I thought I was the only one in the world still using a TNT card Al.
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Old 12-05-2002, 02:20 PM
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Some of the cards geared for gaming often have features like TV out or dual monitor support, so a "gaming" card can make an excellent card for graphics or for video editing, DVD viewing, etc... So, just because a card is advertised as a gaming card does not mean it will not perform well in another capacity and you can older cards for next to nothing these days.
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Old 12-05-2002, 02:33 PM
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nope you're not the only one gary, I've got an nVidia TNT2 m64 32MB (stinks for gaming) Greg had good advice about gaming cards, and you can get some really nice older ones for pretty cheap these days. around here I can get a ATI Radeon 7500 128MB DDR (which does support dual monitor I think, or at least TV out) for about $130 cdn. (that's gonna be my next card most likely)

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Old 12-05-2002, 04:43 PM
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Thanks everyone.

David I have been looking at the ATI Radeon cards too and they are fairly cheap. The people that are going to build my computer recommended them.
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Old 12-05-2002, 06:37 PM
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yep, the Radeon cards have a pretty good reputation (even with the gamers now that the 9700 is out and doing better than the Geforce 4 cards in tests). the only complaint I've heard about radeon cards is about ATI's drivers, but my Dad just got a new computer with a 7500 all in wonder, and the driver is working fine and seems to work ok to me anyway.

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Old 12-06-2002, 04:47 PM
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Until 2 months ago I was still using a TNT2 32 meg video card in my main PC. Since then I bought a GForce4 TI-4200 128 meg card. It has made a great deal of difference in my Photoshop work, as well as the ocasional gamming session.

I am going to upgrade my home automation server soon and use that TNT card in it. Nothing wrong with the TNT2 card at all, I got along well with this one for a long time.
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