Cheap graphics card to upgrade from noisy 8800GT

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Melvin Frohike, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Melvin Frohike macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2008

    I have a Mac Pro 3,1 still using its original Geforce 8800GT.
    The card is very very noisy when gaming.

    I would like to cheaply upgrade to a less noisy card that is also more powerful than my current one. The card should work out of the box without any flashing.
    I was hoping for something less than 70$. The cheaper the better.

    I want to do gaming mostly in OS X and i don't care if the Boot Camp screen doesn't appear.

    I do not have a preference regarding ATI or NVidia cards, whatever works best.

    What can you recommend? Does such a card even exist?
  2. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I managed to get an Nvidia GT 640 1GB DDR5 from ebay for about $60 that worked great in my my Mac Pro 5,1. Of course, there's no boot screen.
  3. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Any *Mac-version* of the ATi cards work perfectly:
    Radeon 4870
    Radeon 5770
    Radeon 5870

    Maybe a used 4870 is about right considering your budget?

    Many Mac Pro 3.1 folk have upgraded their GPU to the Radeon 5XXX-series or higher. So, it wouldn't surprise me that you can find a used Mac-edition of the ATi Radeon 4870 for cheap.
  4. gpzjock, Oct 1, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2013

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