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Video Card Options for SuperMicro Workstation?

I have inherited an older (2003?) SuperMicro server/workstation that I want to run as a budget graphics workstation.  Mostly to do Photoshop and a little AutoCad.

The motherboard is a SuperMicro X5DAE and has dual Xeon® processors at 2.8 GHz, a front Side bus speed of 533 MHz and 3 GB DDR266 (PC2100) SDRAM main memory.

The case is also SuperMicro and has a built in 7 slot RAID chassis, so I am taking advantage of that and have used an old IBM 4H RAID controller and created a RAID 1 partition with 2 IBM 36GB 10k/u160 drives and will eventually add a second data partition with hopefully some 146GB drives.

The motherboard has the following PCI slots:
" 1x 64-bit 133/100/66MHz PCI-X (3.3V) slot
" 2x 64-bit 100/66MHz PCI-X (3.3V) slots
" 2x 32-bit 33MHz PCI-X (5V) slots

It also has an 8x/4x AGP Pro 1.5V slot. Details on the motherboard are here: http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/E7505/X5DAE.cfm

My question is: what are my options for video cards?  The manual talks about AGP 8X, 1.5v and all the reading I've done points me to being able to use most of the currently available AGP cards.  It also supports AGP Pro, but it sounds like this is older/slower than current AGP 8X cards might be.

Big question: Can I run some of the newer PCI-X cards in one of the 64-bit PCI-X slots?  If it is possible to efficiently run a video card in one of my PCI-X slots, do I use PCI-X x1, PCI-X x16 or PCI-X 2.0?

Thanks in advance for any insight here.

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I should add that there are some Radeon x1950 AGP cards, also.
Thank you much.   : )