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Steve

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 Graphics Card Considerations for VX
06-04-2005 07:47 . am   |   View his/her posts only
I'm putting together a new system, since over the weekend, we had a break-in where some punks decided to vandalize some of the office computers. Luckily they weren't smart enough to steal anything, much less the $80K+ worth of software dongles.

So, saturday night I ordered a Dell 4700 with a 3.2GHZ P4, 1 gig of ram(I would have speced out 2, but this particular deal didn't allow it, but it will have two DDR-2 dimm slots open), a 19" flat panel monitor, and a 160 gig SATA2 Hard Drive for $850.

The 4700 comes with crappy onboard video, and the only option from Dell is the Radeon X300, which wont quite do it for most cad/cam work. And REALLY doesn't work with powershape(which I still use for electrode creation(hint, hint, nudge nudge VX developers, lets get on those wizards! ))>.

The 4700 has a PCI-Express X16 slot. So i was thinking about a card based on the Nvidia GeForce FX6600. Are there any issues with this particular graphics chipset?
I'm either going to go with this card:

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?DEPA=0&description=14-121-180&ATT=Video+Cards&CMP=OTC-d3alt1me

Or this one:

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?DEPA=0&description=14-130-214&ATT=Video+Cards&CMP=OTC-d3alt1me

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06-04-2005 09:39 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Steve,

I have forwarded this thread to our graphics development personel to see if we can help you with this decision. If my vote were to count I would go with the second one. It looks a little faster but remember that is also coming from an untrained eye. Typically, we have not had any problems reported with NVIDIA graphics cards. However, I do have one customer that has either a NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or 6800 that we are investigating.

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06-04-2005 11:43 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Yes, the 2nd one is faster, due to the newer technology GDDR3 ram VS DDR ram.
If there are problems with the 6600 chipsets, I will go to a GeForce FX5750 or FX5900, which are available in PCI Express.




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Robert

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08-04-2005 01:43 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
I'm in love with my new XPS with its NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra.

Great speed, especially with large assemblies.

Minor problem in solid verification with transparent stock (rectified if I turn off hardware acceleration but then... what's the point).

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12-04-2005 10:52 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Steve,

Here is the system that we are building at VX.

AMD Athlon 64 3500
Gigabyte K8NS Ultra 939 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix (Latency 2) 2 x 512 MB RAM (1 GB RAM Total) (Crucial Part Number: BL6464Z402)
NVIDIA GeForce FX5700 Video card with 128 or 256 MB RAM

I finally get to upgrade my graphics from NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 100/200 32 MB........I hope one of these is mine. Now that I think about it, no one has said my name is on one of them. Oh well, mine works great.

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12-04-2005 12:03 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Yeah, those Athlon 64s are nice, but I just can't beat the deals at Dell nowadays. TOTAL price for a 3.2GHZ P4, 2 gig of ram, GeForce FX6800GT, 160 GIG HD, Sony Dual layer +/- DVD burner AND a 19" LCD monitor was under $1250

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Kevin

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13-04-2005 04:42 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Wish we could get those prices in the UK!!

I buy all my PC hardware from Dell Outlet UK but its still not a cheap as that! Best deal I ever got was a fully specced (1GB RAM, Nvidia 128MB graphics) Dell Precision M60 laptop, with MS Office and a 5 years onsite warranty for
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