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    Updating graphic Card-advice needed

    Well, guys, here’s the deal… I finally got some cash to upgrade my PC and I want to substitute my current graphic card with something more suitable for 3D rendering. For some reason I also have my heart set on HIS line of Radeon cards so… Which of these should I go for?

    HISR8K-23VGA AGP 256MB DDR ATI Radeon 9600, DVI, VIVO, TV-out, 128bit; 124.00 €
    HISR9J-11-AVGA AGP 256MB DDR ATI Radeon 9600XT, DVI, TV-out, 128 bit; 151.10 €
    HISR9J-01VGA AGP 256MB DDR ATI Radeon 9600XT, DVI, VIVO, TV-out, 128bit 168.80 €
    HISICE80PP-1I-ZAMVGA AGP 256MB DDR ATI Radeon X800PRO ICQ II, DVI, TV-out, 128 bit; 357.60 €
    HISP80P-1I-ZPCVGA PCI-E 256MB GDDR3 ATI Radeon X800, DVI, TV-out, 256bit; 272.60 €
    HISP80GP-3I-ZPCVGA PCI-E 256MB GDDR3 ATI Radeon X800GT, DVI, TV-out, 256bit; 210.10 €
    HISPQ8GP-3I-ZPCVGA PCI-E 256MB GDDR3 ATI Radeon X800GT IceQ II Turbo, DVI, TV-out 256bit; 246.70 €


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    None of those.

    ATI drivers don't work properly with Maya Software.

    Nvidia Geforce 6800 for Maya, if you can't go for a pro card then that's the best game card.

    All the cards you mentioned are game cards.

    If you really wanna blow a wad of cash you buy a wildcat or a quadro, those are the best of the best, and cost as much as a 20 year old used car.

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    Yeah, but that's the big proffessional stuff. A gamer's card is ok for 3d apps, not great, but it certainly is feasible. You get what you pay for.

    That said, scrap the Radeon 9600 range. They're good cards, but you can get so much more bang for buck - a Geforce 6600 Pro is around the same price, 30 bucks more at most and much, much better. In some cases, you can get them cheaper than the cards you've selected.

    If you're going to get a 6800, get a GT variant. For the reason mentioned above, get Nvidia over ATI for 3d apps - on the gaming front, they're almost the same, but Nvidia has better OpenGL drivers for one thing. Ultra's are a marginal step up, and for gaming GT's still rock. Don't look over the Ultra though - then you're headed into the 500 dollars range of the 7800's. From that point on, it's better to save up and get a proffesional card.

    If you absolutely want a good Radeon card, go for the pro, or the XL range. XL is a lousy overclocker though. The XT is the best, but I don't know what it's pricepoint is.

    But yeah, this is all for gaming cards.

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    Well, I hardly ever use Maya because I got too much used to 3ds Max. And considering my current card (MSI GeForce 4 MX 440 64Mb) I believe any of these will be an improvement when it comes to rendering 3D scenes
    I just have hard time picking out one of them...

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