PM G5 2.0 Dual (2003) what vid card should I get for 28"

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by clearthinker, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2002
    I have the ?first gen 2003 PM G5 2.0 dual with the wimpy 64MB video card that came standard. I want to run either 24 or 28" (ViewSonic's 28" VX2835wm) LCD and was hoping for some advice.

    I hate to get the ATI x800 XT card since it runs around $400 used. Any other ideas?

    My PM has the AGP 8x speed slot for the video card and PCI-X slots(which I understand does not have any video card support).:)

    also....will a new video card help with sorting through 13K pictures in iphoto?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    Go into System Profiler and be a little more specific as to what card you have.

    However if it's got a DVI port, it's has to support Single-Link which is what the 28" Viewsonic requires.

    Planning on doing a lot of gaming?

    Then you might want to upgrade your card.

  3. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    It will be difficult finding a good card for that machine.
    The X800 XT is your best bet but like you say they cost a fortune.
    The 9800 Pro Mac Edition is a decent card also.
    I was informed that the following vendor has the X800 XT in stock for $294.
    If $294 is reasonable enough you might want to give them a call...

    p.s. Yes, you need and can only use AGP cards.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sorry for the lack of info in my original post concerning the video card. It is a ATI Radeon 9600 pro w/64MB DDR SDRAM.

    DVI out.

    Thanks for the info about PC superstore. Are they reliable/safe company to order from? I've never used/heard of them before.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    I don't know anything about them.
    I have a friend who is looking for the X800 XT.
    Everybody seemed to have them out-of-stock so I asked a few like PC Superstore to let me know if/when they have them in stock.
    PC Superstore told me that they are now in stock.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    Hey there,

    I have the same card in my G4. If you not doing gaming or a lot of Aperture or Motion work, stick with it.

    There is little point in buying a $300 Video Card, for a System that is getting old.

  7. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Right back where I started...
    Agree - sell the G5 now for $1100, $1200 or more and put that toward the next Pro...if you say it is worth $1200 and you add a $400 video card (agp) to it you will never get that investment back...sell it while it still has some value...

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