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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:
Or this one:
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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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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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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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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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