video card reccomendations please!

freightgod

Confused and Bewildered
Joined
Feb 12, 2002
Messages
561
POINT 1: i am not a gamer (but still, someday...) i mean it, i have no games installed on my pc...no patience for 'em

pt 2: i am heavy photoshop user

3: i like watching tv on my monitor and capturing same to disk

4: i would like dual monitor capability but not in immediate future

i'm upgrading mb to soyo dragon plus, athlon xp 1900, 526 mb ddr sdram, 2 40gig drives and other neato stuff (big income tax refund!)

anyway, should i:

a) get kick ass top of the line 3d card (meaning what, i don't know) and seperate tv tuner? if so , what tv tuner (pci) do you reccomend

or

b)xtasy everything / matrox wonder (new ati all in wonder is out of my $range; i have all-in wonder 128 now) or other single-card solution

or

c)stick with my ati all in wonder 128 (on which capture isn't currently working, may work when i have new hardware installed)

mostly interested in WHAT Is considered a good AGP card today...remember, I AM A VIDEO VIRGIN so be gentle...and informative

thanks in advance...missed you guys over the last couple days when i couldn't connect...thought i would go banananas

go ahead and turn this into a video card debate if you want, i've got a lot to learn

also what website covers video cards indepth?
 

muzikool

Act your wage.
Political User
Joined
Dec 27, 2001
Messages
7,626
I used to really be impressed with the Matrox TV cards, but since that time there have been newer and better things. I took a look at the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 32MB DDR on ZDNet, and it might be a good bet for what you are looking for. It's got AV in and AV out if you want to connect a tv for your second monitor, as well as composite or s-video out. Of course it has a built-in tv tuner, and it's a 32MB card... and I think the Matrox one I used to like is only 16MB. I hope this helps... check out this link for more info on this card: http://www.zdnet.com/supercenter/stories/overview/0,12069,440164,00.html
 

freightgod

Confused and Bewildered
Joined
Feb 12, 2002
Messages
561
thanks for the recomendation, but like i say the new ati all-in-wonder is just too much $

nobody else has any thoughts on the best video card out there?
 
H

Hilander

Guest
Since you aren't a gamer, and a heavy photoshop user, 2d is most important to you. This calls for an ATI card such as you're using now only newer.
I'm sort of new at this too, but have found the video forum atAnandtechto be most helpful and gentle on us video virgins. :D Their other forums are equally helpful.
With XP I'd stay away from the ATI 7200 and 7000 cards. Too many probs with drivers from what I have heard.
Hard to believe that the new ATI AIW cards are out of your price range. A AIW 7500 w/64meg DDR can had for about $150 USD. And rumor has it, they should be dropping again within the week, cause ATI will be releasing some new cards.
As for me, I have just installed a Radeon 64DDR VIVO (Video in/Video Out)and just love it. No TV tuner,(don't want it) but can hook up my TV or VCR and capture or record to my VCR which is what I need.
Hope that helps
 

freightgod

Confused and Bewildered
Joined
Feb 12, 2002
Messages
561
thanks, i will check out the ati aiw 7200. if i could find one for 150 that would be just about right!
 
A

AMDdoolbooter

Guest
Matrox & WinTV

Id suggest you purchase a Matrox G550 (@$120) and a Hauppage WinTV PCI (@$45). The matrox is a supreme 2d graphic editing card and the all come standard with powerful twinview setups.
 

Members online

No members online now.

Latest profile posts

Electronic Punk wrote on Sazar's profile.
Where are you buddy? :(
Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Hey ep!

All good with me, applying for microsoft mvp right now, should have done this a while ago.

Notifications don't work, I only found your response by comming back to hunt up some threads, if you want, give me your email address so we can keep in touch easier, mine is perriscalderon at gmail
Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS

Been running around Quora lately, luv it there https://tinyurl.com/ycpxl
Electronic Punk wrote on Perris Calderon's profile.
All good still mate?

Forum statistics

Threads
61,978
Messages
673,285
Members
89,063
Latest member
rahulpandy