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Video Card
« on: November 17, 2007, 10:39:07 PM »
My computer seems to be on the outs. I want a video card for Cad/Cam. Anyone have a suggestion as to the best one?

Thanks

Ron

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Re: Video Card
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007, 03:10:49 AM »
Hey Ron,
I personally will only use the Nvidia Quadro's and they are made for CAD/CAM work.http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_11761.html.
I have bought many video cards with large ram but always the Quadro's run much better. I have an Nvidia Quadro FX1100 at 128mb of ram that will out perform an ATI at 512mb ram. The Quadro's are not cheap thou, but they can save hours of rendering time. If you’re interested check eBay they will be a third of the price. If it's out of your price range and your computer is equipped with it go for a PCI-E X16 card...otherwise the cheapest would to find a Gforce with 256mb memory to handle your CAD/CAM packages.
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Re: Video Card
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2007, 10:18:31 AM »
Thanks for the info. Found lots on ebay. How about this one for $290.00.... NVIDIA QUADRO FX 3450 FX3450 256MB PCI-E VIDEO CARD

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Ron

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Re: Video Card
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2007, 10:29:26 PM »
Great deal and an amazing card...I think those should be going for around $599.99 is the cheapest I could find retail? Nice :)
Don't forget to download from Nvidia the updated "ForceWare"... It will have preset setting for most programs and drivers to meet top performance, for example Catia,Mastercam...3d max,Maya...Photoshop and such...
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Re: Video Card
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2007, 11:57:30 PM »
zealous

 don't want to highjack rkjohn thread. i use nvidia too.nice card.
 my question is,i am thinking about putting together a new computer.was thinking about doing amd64 with amd 690g chipset and winxp for 64bit.
 do you think this should be ok for mach3.

thanks bill
Re: Video Card
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2007, 12:33:10 AM »
So am I. I have a Pentium 4 with 1.5 gig ram but it runs slow. Took it to a computer store & he couldn't figure out why it runs so slow. Thought i would get a new processor & mother board to fit my case. Any suggestions on which one to buy? I dond like AMD for some reason.

Ron

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Re: Video Card
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2007, 01:42:29 AM »
rkjohn

 if mach3 will run on a full 64 bit system,i will wan't to build the new system.but if i have to stay with 32 bit i won't.i have been reading the forum for about a year now
 and i don't remember seeing anything about full 64 bit compatability.havn't looked at vista and quantom .
 my amd 1.4 with the amd 760 chipset is strong. so if i build again it will be another matched chipset.

bill
Re: Video Card
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2007, 01:07:44 AM »
I'm building a new computer. Any suggestions how to configure it?

Do I need this much?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
2GB DDR2 667MHz
500 GB 7200RPM 16MB cache
Nvidia Quadro FX3400 FX 3400 PCIE PCI-E 256MB Dual DVI

To much?

Ron

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Re: Video Card
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2007, 01:34:05 PM »
Hi,
 on the strength of thie topic I just picked up a quadro 4 980gxl from
ebay £17 and its the best card Ive used I would have to agree there good!
Re: Video Card
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2007, 02:45:53 PM »
Here are 2 photos of the same gcode. Desktop is from my desktop computer, Laptop is from my laptop.
Would you say my desktop needs a better video card or is something else wrong.
Sometimes the desktop will get it right but most of the time it wont.
My desktop card is a Radeon X1300 W/ 512 MB.

Im thinking I need a new computer & card.

Thanks for the help

Ron