May I suggest looking out for GeForce FX5800Us.

Myself and a friend managed to pick an unused pair up a few months ago for 
very little money and they are quite frankly 'storming' cards.

They have a 500Mhz GPU and 1000Mhz (DDR) memory on 128bit bus and manage to 
keep up with the higher-spec 5900/U's by using sheer brute-force clocks 
rather than wider memory busses.

The catch with the card is the FlowFX system which is *fairly* noisy but not 
louder than a modern air-cooled high-performance PC.

Plus they run a treat with Linux and are fully supported by the Nvidia driver 
set including temp sensing etc. 

On Friday 17 Dec 2004 23:36, Curtis L. Olson wrote:
> I hope this isn't too off topic ...
> I am involved with a project where we are going to setup a multi-channel
> visual system running flightgear.  (3 PC's, 3 monitors.)  We can budget
> about $150-200 for the graphics cards, but the landscape has changed so
> much since I last shopped I'm not sure what to do.  We are committed to
> buying something nvidia/GeForce based.  The new 6800 cards are still way
> out of our price range.  The 5900/5950 cards are probably a bit high
> right now too.  But I see there area 5200's, 5500's, 5700's. and you can
> still find the older ti4600/4800 cards floating around too.  I know that
> some of these varients were designed more as low end/cheap consumer
> cards, and I'd like to get something with the best
> capability/performance I can within our budget.  Does anyone have any
> recommendations?
> Thanks,
> Curt.

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