Video card

I'm in the process of buying a new Dell Dimension 8300 computer.
Of the following choices, which video card is better to use with SWX2001+?
1) 128MB DDR GeForce FX5200
2) 128MB DDR ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Graphics (Additional $295)
3) 256MB DDR ATI Radeon 9800 XT (Additional $365)
Thank you for your help.
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Speaking from experience the Radeon chips are not meant for solidworks. You have to turn off the OpenGL acceleration and there are re-paint problems. I upgraded to a NVidia Quadro FX card.
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Mike S
You will have problems with all of these cards listed because they are meant for games, not professional CAD.
You will have less problems with the nvidia card.
You SHOULD look for an nvidia Quadrocard. those are meant for programs like SolidWorks.
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Get a quadro
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Thanks again to ALL of you for your help.
I'll get a PNY Technologies' Quadro 500FX.($330.00 @
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here is a better price
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Regards, Scott
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Save yourself a lot of money. Buy a GeForce 4 based card and run SoftQuadro. look at this article
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and see for yourself how much difference there is between a Quadro and a GeForce. Works fine with RealView also!
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and get yourself the software needed to transform your GeForce into a Quadro.
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