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Best Graphics Card for the money

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Just looking for advice, bought the Vostro i7 deal thats been bouncing about on here the past week. It comes with a rather poor graphics card (Radeon 4350). Interested to know if those in the know could maybe suggest valid alternatives. Ideally I'm looking for the best value for money (no need to go for a 5870) that allows me to do most stuff (i.e. odd game, CAD, photoshop, illustrator, dreamweaver) OK.

If I do buy a supplimentary card, can I plug it into the MoBo in addition in the 4350 or have to remove the previous one?

How will I ensure it takes precidence if it can be combined?
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
No you can't just use two - Del mobo for the vostro is going to be one slot, and I think the 4350 is a low profile job as well? So would need another low profile card, with the same or less power reqs - otherwise it's a replace the PSU to carry new card jobby, and replace mobo / case if you need more room. Not got a vostro so you'll have to look at spec sheet to see what will fit both in terms of space, and wattage.

Only time you can use two cards at a time is if it's the same card and you have space/ mobo /psu capable of that.
#2
dcx_badass
Nah you can use diff cards actually, can even mix ati and nvidia if you want.


only if they both are SLI or both are crossfire, and generally they wont be. furthermore installing ati and nvidia drivers together is a recipes for disaster!

Generally both cards have to be identical if you can put two graphics cards in.
#3
dcx_badass
Nah you don't have to do sli or crossfire, you can run ati for graphics and an nvidia card for physx, or you can just do diff monitors off each, you could run different pci-e and a pci or agp card aswell.


ah i see where your coming from, not to allow them to run simultaneously as such for one process but to run them alongside each other ie for more monitors or different purposes. Although you still require a motherboard that allows it.

I was meaning for processing. :thumbsup:
#4
awoodhall2003
I was meaning for processing. :thumbsup:


You can even do that with multiple mixed cards if the software supports it.

The only thing you absolutely need SLI/Crossfire for is using multiple cards to drive a single monitor for gaming.

Being a dell and a business computer it's very likely to only have one PCI-E 16x slot so you'll not be able to keep your 4350.

Your request is difficult for a couple of reasons.

1. We're in the middle of the launch of the new generation of cards. ATI's are already out but still at RRP, nVidia's are due out in a month or two. Prices are going to change rapidly.

2. You're wanting it for non-gaming use so it may be worth considering the FireGL/Quadro cards but there's less knowledge of them around.

I can't comment on the workstation cards, but right now best value for money appears to be around £100.
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EndlessWaves
You can even do that with multiple mixed cards if the software supports it.

The only thing you absolutely need SLI/Crossfire for is using multiple cards to drive a single monitor for gaming.

Being a dell and a business computer it's very likely to only have one PCI-E 16x slot so you'll not be able to keep your 4350.

Your request is difficult for a couple of reasons.

1. We're in the middle of the launch of the new generation of cards. ATI's are already out but still at RRP, nVidia's are due out in a month or two. Prices are going to change rapidly.

2. You're wanting it for non-gaming use so it may be worth considering the FireGL/Quadro cards but there's less knowledge of them around.

I can't comment on the workstation cards, but right now best value for money appears to be around £100.


sorry thats what i meant, for single display processing ;-)
Ive always found although the FIreGL/Quadro cards are good, due to their nature they are generally expensive unless you specifically need one for a purpose.

But either way the more important thing is, how much are you looking to spend, as that will obviously dictate what you can or cannot have!
#6
awoodhall2003
Ive always found although the FIreGL/Quadro cards are good, due to their nature they are generally expensive unless you specifically need one for a purpose.


Well yes, but he is using them for CAD which is generally a big use of the workstation cards.

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