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sarahw

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Buying a temporary graphics card, nothing too expensive, it's only needed for about 3 or 4 months.
  • ASUS EAX1600PRO-TD-512 X1600PRO, 512DDR2, TVOUT, 2XVGA, DVI-I, PCIEX16 $190
  • ASUS EN7600GSSLN-HTD-512 GF7600GS SLN, 512MB CACHE, HDTV OUT, DVI-I, PCIEX $206
  • Gecube ATI Radeon X1600(PRO) 256Mb (PCIE) $205
  • GIGABYTE NX76G512P-RH 7600GS, 512MB, 128bit, PCIE, ATX, DDR2, DSUB, TVOUT, DL DVI, TWINV, SP $206
  • ASUS EAX1600PRO-TD-256 X1600PRO, 256MB, PCIEx16, DDRII, DVI-I, 2xVGA, TV-OUT $160.60
I've narrowed it down to something like these.
Any suggestions or something similar I have missed?
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To me that a lot of money to spend for 3-4 months use. Are you gaming or video editing? If not why bother losing a $100 for such little use. You will be lucky to sell it for 1/2 price as used. For a lot less you could have a card that on normal computer operations would work just as well for 1/3 the price. And selling it at 1/2 price used doesn't hurt the pocketbook nearly as much. That leaves you with more money for the high dollar video card you want to buy later on.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814145137

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yeah you won't find gaming very enjoyable on the x1600, it's not a very good card. The 7600 is probably your best bet. You can find it on sale for around 150. I agree with srx660 if you only need it for a short period of time and don't really care about high quality gaming than get the x1300 or 7300 just to fill the gap until you get your actual card. Saving extra money is always a smart choice.
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I got this one:BFGTech Geforce 7600GT OC 256Mb (PCIE)
Bit over budget but i needed to empty my purse.
Pity I have no mobo to try it out. I'm still waiting for the Intel's Quadro board to be released. The suspense is killing me.
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The quadro is supposed to work on the 975 and 965 boards the core 2 works on from what ive heard but double check that.
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I thought so too, but I spoke to Intel and was told that those boards only support the Conroe's 1066 FSB not the 1333 FSB with Quadro. Maybee I (or they) misinterpted the conversation.
Gigabyte has released there Quadro board I can't remember of the bat what it was called, but it's just the one.

Edit: http://www.gigabyte....ame=GA-965P-DQ6

Edited by sarahw, 13 October 2006 - 12:19 AM.

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I would imagine its more of a bios thing than anything else.
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Yes, that is exactly what I have been thinking. Looking at it now i think all 965 boards from gigabyte are quadro ready....
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Here is a list of some conroe boards......
http://www.anandtech...doc.aspx?i=2848
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