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Old 09-02-04, 01:16 PM   #1
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Hi all! This is my first post here. I need to buy a new video card for my wifes computer. She is a tax consultant and we just bought a new LCD monitor for her. But her old card doesn't have a dvi connection for it. She is not a gamer at all and only needs the card to support the new monitor. She does spreadsheets and uses a commerical tax program. Could someone suggest a Nvidia card that would have a DVI connection and wouldn't cost a lot, like under $100?
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Old 09-02-04, 01:23 PM   #2
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you could get a cheapo GF4 MX4000 for about $44, or a cheapo FX5200 for about $55

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-079&depa=0

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...135-131&depa=0

Just as long as it's strictly business! Neither of these cards would be good for gaming
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It would, but very infrequent gaming. A 5200 can run Doom3 at 640x480 w/low detail settings.
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Old 09-02-04, 01:43 PM   #4
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The 5200 looks good. Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-03-04, 08:52 PM   #5
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Ummm you could easily have jsut bought a vga to dvi adapter
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Old 09-04-04, 09:27 AM   #6
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Not really she needed a new card for the higher resolutions. Hers was a very cheap one bought several years ago when she got her computer.


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aahhhhhh ok
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/moved to the seemingly correct forum....

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Default Re: What card to buy?

well, at such a low price, getting a 5200 or something like that will always benefit anyway. not only will 2d rendering be faster, but it's always smart to have a computer with some headroom.
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If I had a $100 budget, I'd recommend a GeForce4 Ti4200 with DVI.

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I was going to say a VGA to DVI adapter costs more than than a graphics card, but it appears not. http://www.lindy.com/us/productfolde...1223/index.php
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I have to disagree with you on this, ricercar. For that money, a 5700NU could be had, which actually does keep pace with a 4200 when OC'ed (no AA/AF), blows the 4200 away in AA/A, and has decent (for the FX series) dx9 performance... A 5600U could also be had, but methinks the inefficiencies of teh core offset the *capable of 850-900* higher ram speed...

EDIT: Oops! Wow, the 5600U has jumped in price on pricewatch to $128! Screw that!! However, 5700 sticks @ $110, and the VERY overclockable 5700LE can be had for a mere $79...
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I agree with your performance assessment ragejg, but Cally's use-case is for a non-gamer where the need for AA and overclockability is below raw image quality.

<tech>
OEMs of NV25/28 used an external TMDS/LVDS transmitter for DVI, while OEMs of NV3x single-DVI cards (DVI+VGA) tend to save money by using NVIDIA's internal transmitter, especially for cheaper NV34 and NV31 (5200, 5600) cards. The internal NVIDIA transmitter tends to be lower quality than an external Philips, SiI or Chrontel transmitter.
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EDIT: Cally what this boils down to is that a discounted high-quality card from 2002 (GeForce4 Ti 4200) might suit your purposes better than an inexpensive card from 2004 (GeForce FX 5200 or 5600). I can detect a difference between DVI on my 4200 and 5200, and the older 4200 is better.
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