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BachelorNo1
24-11-2004, 12:35 PM
I would really appreciate some advice on finding a video card for a dell GX150. It has a 4x AGP slot but the case will only take a low profile card.
I don't play graphics intensive games, but may do some simple photo editing using photoshop elements (does this even utilise a GPU?), and play a DVD now and then.
Second hand is ok, and ideally it would work with both XP home and Mandrake 10.
TIA

PoWa
24-11-2004, 12:55 PM
What's your budget?

BachelorNo1
24-11-2004, 01:09 PM
Ideally less than a $100.

Nighthawk
24-11-2004, 02:30 PM
Hello there.
I'd recommend a cheap card like......

nVIDIA geforce fx 5200 (128mb, 128bit, $60 - 90) or.....
ATI Radeon 9200 (128mb, 64/128bit, $50 - 120)

Any card manufacturer should be fine.

Both these cards can are similar in performance and some come with a TV-out function. They perform at AGP 8X but if you motherboard supports 4X only then they will automatically adjust so they should work just fine.

I can assure you they will handle DVD and Image processing fine, my friend has a 9200 and he uses it for gaming and his TV card. I have a 5200 and I have used it for gaming and it works just fine for me.

The prices vary, you can pick a decent one up from some shops or websites like www.trademe.co.nz or www.pricespy.co.nz have cheaper ones selling, sometimes 2nd hand. Since these cards the lowest of low-end they sell for almost nothing these days.

Nighthawk
24-11-2004, 02:36 PM
another choice is the Geforce ti4200
it offers better performance than the above, and you could probably get one for around $100 now, depends if you are willing to go 2nd hand

Pete O\'Neil
24-11-2004, 02:42 PM
Nighthawk did you read the original poster thread properly? It needs to be half height.

I personally always reckonmend ATI video card for SOHO machines, granted the FX5200 performs a lil better than the 9200 in games, but SOHO machine are rarely used for gaming. ATI has superior image quality to nVidia and run slightly cooler.

Something like this (http://www.pctronix.co.nz/cart/product_info.php?cPath=4_68&products_id=357) would be my reckonmendation.

tweak\'e
24-11-2004, 02:43 PM
it might be a case of IF you can find a low profile card. most of the ones i've seen are the budget gpu's and there are not always easy to find.

Pete O\'Neil
24-11-2004, 02:45 PM
Arh crap if you want easy/hasslefree support for Mandrake then you'll want an nvidia card, ATI cards are a ***** to make work properly under Linux.

BachelorNo1
24-11-2004, 02:56 PM
Thank you to everyone who has posted, very helpful indeed. I can start looking now.

Graham L
24-11-2004, 03:27 PM
Before you buy, enter the make and model and "linux" to Google. (e.g. "Radeon 9200 linux"). That should tell you whether it's supported. As a double check, try "Mandrake 10" instead of "linux".