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    Video card to run 3D CAD program

    Looking for some input to choose between the 2 cards linked below. The main application will be a 3D CAD program; BobCAD CAM v.2.2

    EVGA 512-P3-N860-TR GeForce 9600 GT 512MB

    EVGA 320-P2-N811-RX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB

    MB is an ASUS M3A78-EM
    4 gigs Mushkin RAM (1066)
    CPU AMD 64 X2 5400+ or 6000+
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    Re: Video card to run 3D CAD program

    Jeff, I have no comments on either card other than to note both of them have only DVI connectors, no VGA connectors. You may want to check if your monitor supports DVI input. Surprisingly, even some new ones don't. I've also noticed in the past that nVidia cards with "T" in the model number have really loud fans. You may want to check the noise level.

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    Re: Video card to run 3D CAD program

    If you're doing CAD, already running a very good 4 gig system and faced with about a $25 price difference, I'd go with the one with 512 memory. I know nothing about CAD or 3D work with computers, so it's only my "twisted" logic that makes me say it. <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19>

    There is the attached graphic on the page of what looks like an adapter.
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    Re: Video card to run 3D CAD program

    Assuming the two cards you link to are NVidia, I would draw your attention to the Computers Tested report, linked to from your first link, where at the very end it states:

    TESTED GRAPHICS CARDS WITH KNOWN ISSUES

    NVIDIA- all 8 and 9 series (except those listed above)

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    Re: Video card to run 3D CAD program

    Yep... I read that and thought that perhaps the information provided was dated. So, I called the company and asked them directly about what I read. The person I spoke with was more than gracious and very up front about those findings and said that the issue was with Vista. With Win XP there are no problems whatsoever regardless of which card one runs. But their programmers have not caught up with Vista yet, although they are working frantically to do so to resolve the issues encountered; system crashes using version 8000 or 9000 series cards.

    Sooooo, what I did was purchase an EVGA 7200 GT 512 card which should work fine with the CAD program, but I'm apprehensive about how Vista will work with it. Time will tell after I assemble the system and fire it up. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/crossfingers.gif> Personally, I've been running an EVGA 7600 GT 256 meg card for almost 3 years now with my Vista Ultimate system and have not had any issues whatsoever.

    Thanks for all for your input. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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