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Which video card should I choose?

I decided to buy a new graphics card to replace the 1MB s3 Trio64V+ that I have on my Compaq Presario.
But, what card should I get?
I am looking for a PCI Internal 2D/3D Video Card with at least 4MB RAM.  I am looking for the best thing that is not too expensive (nothing more than $175) because I am also getting the Diamond Monster 3D 1 for my EA Sports games that use the Voodoo chipset.
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thomsongCommented:
I recommend either the Matrox Mystique or Millenium card.  It has 4M is a very good 2D card and a basic 3D card (Direct 3D) which will accelerate the majority of win95 3D games till you get your monster card.  I have a Mystique with a Monster2 card and I have not had any problems yet.  Matrox are regular at releasing updated drivers although I have not had to test their customer support service.
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jclockeCommented:
I have the Matrox Millenium II AGP card and I love it. The 3D effects aren't anything to die for, however for desktop apps it still rules.

Add on a good 3D card and you're set.

-JCL

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Hawkeye062297Author Commented:
Is Matrox (Mystique and Millenium) better than Diamond Multimedia (Stealth and Viper)?
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Hawkeye062297Author Commented:
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Hawkeye062297Author Commented:
is anybody home?
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Hawkeye062297Author Commented:
Actually, I am only willing to spend up to $140 US Dollars
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jclockeCommented:
Sorry for ignoring your posts.

IMO the Millenium cards are better for 2D performance than the Diamond cards. If you want 2D/3D performance in the same card, then I cannot help you. Note that a 2D/3D combo card will yield less performance than 2 seperate cards.

Check out the Matrox Millenium II PCI/AGP prices at www.pricewatch.com. You can get it mail order for around $110 US (includes shipping).
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Hawkeye062297Author Commented:
I am looking for a good 2D/3D Card (PCI 4MB) for under 140 dollars to be exact.
This is to go along with the Monster 3D with the Voodoo 1 chip.
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jclockeCommented:
Well, maybe I was a little vague with a couple of my posts.

The Millenium II is a 2D/3D combination card. The Millenium (AFAIK) is only a 2D card. The Millenium II was Matrox's entry into the 3D market.

The 3D capabilities of the Millenium II are at best decent. For a while, the industry leader in Video Adapters was overshadowed by better combo cards.

If you already have a VODOO 1 chipset card, then the lackluster 3D features of the Millenium II will be of no consequence, since the 3D effects will be handled by the 3D card (namely your Monster 3D). This is almost the exact setup my brother has: Diamond Stealth 2D card with the Monster 3D accelerator. Grand Theft Auto runs great.

The Millenium II excels in it's 2D functions, so Win95 and NT will benefit tremendously from this card (as I can testify). For a $110!

Matrox either has or will be very soon releasing the G200 chipset, which is supposed to bring Matrox to the front of the pack in 3D performance. You can also bet that this card will be over your current budget.
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qilphilCommented:
Try anything with a Riva chipset (Diamond viper V330 is 150 DM ~ 80$ in Germany)
it's pretty decent as a 2D Card (keeps up with but does not beat my Matrox Mill 4M) and scares the hell out of a Voodoo when it comes to 3D (weeelll at least in the Games it supports...)
Matrox is leading when it comes to refresh rates, but I wouldn't pay too much money for 2D performance, since all the competition has come pretty close. Try http://www.tomshardware.com for some performance comparison............Phil
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ErlachmaCommented:
I had very good experience with the Diamond Vipe V330, 4MB SGRAM, 230 MHz RAMDAC. For Monitors up to 19" the non-plus-ultra, and for 150 DM (i dont know the US prices, should be about 80$) one of the cheapest graphics adapters. It has the Riva128 Chipset on it which is known for highest performance. If you have a monitor on which you want to use more than 1600x1200 at 16 bit and 75 Hz, then you should take a 8MB card, e.g. the Millennium II.
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qilphilCommented:
Yes, Thank you Erlachma... I Said That already.. I just didn't call it an Answer...
(Sorry, I got flamed for the same offense just 12 Hrs ago).... NfU  Phil
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Hawkeye062297Author Commented:
If I have a 15" Monitor, and I mostly use 640X480 Display, would the Viper V330 be the best bet?

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Hawkeye062297Author Commented:
sorry to say phil, but you should have called it an answer.  But thankx for that website.  I think you deserve the points phil, but what can I do about it?
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qilphilCommented:
Well .. regarding the  (little) traffic in this answer.. i think you can reject his answer and i will be notified of this.Then I will write  my answer (with some more  recommendations i can add).. and you accept that one.

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ErlachmaCommented:
I'm very sorry, gilphil! As i am new in Experts Exchange i did not scroll down the screen to see comments or answers and so i read your comment just when i posted mine as answer. And I don't know where the difference is between comments and answers in such an opinion question as above. I only can tell you to accept my excusaition. Sorry.
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qilphilCommented:
Thats Allright....erlachma... you didn't get points anyway :-)... i'm new here too, but i got flamed for the same thing right before this... so i had to get some justice from the world....too bad i hit you... Phil...

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