what is a good graphics card?

I have a customer of mine that the graphics card needs replacing in his desktop computer and he is wanting a good quality one to replace it with.  His computer is an home-built computer with a biostar TA970 and an AMD FX-6200 Processor, 3.8 6 Socket AM3.  He is using a single monitor but may want to use a dual monitor later.  He does not do any gaming - just mainly for business.  He (or is son) might do 3D cad work later on.  He is wanting something that is good quality and not go more than $200.00.
When it comes to graphics cards I just have not done too much research on them and don't really have time anyway.  If someone can help me out with this I would appreciate it.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is a list of compatible cards, but not much near $200


Is the current card not working?  Can the user get a direct replacement part (that is, same card)?
Kapil SharmaTech Geek :)Commented:
I recommend NVIDIA GeForce for graphic card requirement !!
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
You need to specify your power supply so we can make recommendations based on that.

You've got a Biostar TA970 board.  Do you know what version of the board this is?  Sometimes the manufacturers make changes between versions.

The board has a PCI Express slot but I'm unsure what version of the slot this is.  Most likely PCI Express 2.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
The board has a single PCI-E 16x slot so you have a reasonable range mainly limited by your PSU's ability to supply enough juice for the higher end cards.

If you're looking at CAD it's certainly worth looking at the specific packages that are likely to be used because they are calibrated to work with specific models - look at the nVidia Quadros particularly for this.  If it's not for gaming then any sound mid-range card would work for you.

This is my "go to" site for comparisons but then I guess at this stage you may not be too sure what you want to compare with!

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Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
I installed a Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 744 Power Supply CX750M.  

The motherboard version is 5.3

What do you think of this graphics card?

NVIDIA Quadro 4000 by PNY 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express Gen 2 x16 DVI-I DL, Dual DisplayPort and Stereo OpenGL, DirectX, CUDA, and OpenCL Profesional Graphics Board, VCQ4000-PB

Next-Generation NVIDIA CUDA Architecture
Fast 64-Bit Floating Point Precision
NVIDIA Scalable Geometry Engine
NVIDIA GigaThread Engine
Dual Copy Engines

Product Details
Frame Buffer Memory      2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface      256-bit
Memory Bandwidth      89.6 GB/s
CUDA™ parallel processing cores      256
High Performance Double Precision      Yes
Max Power Consumption      142 W
Energy Star Compliant      Yes
Board Physical Dimensions      4.376" H x 9.50" L Single Slot
Display Connectors      DVI-I (1), DP (2), Stereo (1)
Number of Displays Supported      2
DisplayPort      Yes
DVI      Yes
VGA      Yes
Graphics Bus      PCI Express 2.0 x16
Thermal Solution      Active
3D Vision Pro Support      via 3 pin mini DIN
HD-SDI Capture/Output      Version Available
Warranty      3 Year Warranty
PNY Part #      VCQ4000-PB
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
It's a sound entry level card for CAD.  Will manage all the other "office" type graphic functions with ease, video playback fine as long as you're not going better than 1080 HDTV quality, not brilliant for gaming but that's not sounding important.
if you need a good card for about 200$ - look for used cards on ebay
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
After reading some reviews on the quadro pro I am a little afraid to try it because there was some complaints about the fan to running more than 2 months before freezing up.  

Some research brought me to this one:

EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING, 4GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 04G-P4-6251-KR

It might be over-kill but i would rather do that then the other way
The only question now is: will it do CAD ok?
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
Here is a comparison chart that I did on the website you refered me to.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try one of the other ones on the list at the beginning
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
I'm not understanding what you mean the other ones on the list at the beginning
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I left a list of compatible cards at the beginning
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
"After reading some reviews on the quadro pro I am a little afraid to try it because there was some complaints about the fan to running more than 2 months before freezing up.  "

Good point - if you're buying a used one that could be an issue but  that was a batch built for a major PC builder where there was a QC issue - they really are pretty reliable.

The Ti card you're proposing as an alternative goes in a different direction. That really is a gamer's card, has a higher power requirement (although your PSU will handle it) and, counter-intuitively, is less useful for CAD (very simplistically designing 3D needs different GPU processes from rendering a 3D game on a screen).  So although you'll get a lovely display it will take longer for the card to process 3D design.
That's also why CAD cards like the Quadros are noticeably more expensive for the same kind of resolution/on board memory compared with mainstream gaming/home theater cards.
Will Schmidtowner Author Commented:
Thanks for your help.  I purchased ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and the customer picked up the computer this morning, so we'll see how he does with that.  I learned a lot through all of this.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you for the update and I was happy to help
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