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Old Feb 1, 2005, 7:13 AM   #1
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I am running a low-mid end CPU and using Windows XP Pro for OS. Having just lost the packaged monitor Ihooked my standby Samsung SyncMaster in place. My plan is to order a LaCie 19blue IV CRT. If I remember correctly, the quality of the video card can often be as important as the monitor. What opinions can the forum members give regarding make/models of video cards? Thanks. Steve
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Old Feb 1, 2005, 3:37 PM   #2
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If you don't plan to do much gaming, I would recommend a Matrox video card such as a Matrox P650. It is a good quality card and doen't require a super powerful computer. Or a Matrox G550 will work well too.

Unfornatley, I have never seen Matrox cards sold in retail stores. Matrox's online store is at http://www.shopmatrox.com.

Their web site is http://www.matrox.com/mga/.

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Old Feb 1, 2005, 6:07 PM   #3
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I agree with Gospel about Matrox cards for 2D graphics. The Parahelia cards are great but pricey. This is about the best price I've seen on the 550: http://www.toolspcs.com/matg532mbddr.html The G450 might be sufficient: http://www.pcprogress.com/product.as...d=MATG45032DDR

Make sure your motherboard doesn't support only 3.3 volt cards. If it is an older board it might not support the newer 1.5 and lower voltage cards. By old I mean over about 4 years or so.

If you get one of the Matrox cards I would highly recommend keeping your old monitor in addition to you new one. Those cards support dual monitors. It is great to have your Photoshop tools on your second monitor and the image you are working on full size on the other. Or to have a tutorial on one screen while working on another. Or to have your reference material on one and Word on the other. You will never go back once you have used dual monitors.


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Old Feb 1, 2005, 6:33 PM   #4
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Thanks to both Gospel and slipe. It bothered me when I realized that I really new nothing about video cards. The motherboard is about 1.5 years old yet I'll still research what it can handle. I thought I was going to have a new computer by now yet my priority list changed. Additional investment in a new camera and one/two lenses will come first now that I have decided which camera I will buy. Amazing how much money can be invested in a wonderful hobby!

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Old Feb 1, 2005, 9:26 PM   #5
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If your m/b is less than 2 years old, there should be no problem. If you get this card, be sure to get the latest drives from the Matrox site that I listed above. Also apply any Video BIOS (firmware) updates.

Nobody beats Matrox in 2D quality and and dual head features.

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