I've built several Athlon based CAD stations in the last few months, running 
both Win98SE and Win2K. I can highly recommend the Matrox G450 as a great 
general purpose 2D video card. It comes in several versions -- 16MB and 32MB. 
These are "dual head" cards that allows you to connect two monitors 
simultaneously and expand your windows desktop. Avoid the SDR video RAM 
version, it's about half the speed of the DDR version (but dirt cheap).

It's not a particularly expensive video card, has WONDERFUL image quality, and 
has good drivers for both Win98 and Win2K.

You might also look at getting the OEM version of the card, it dispenses with 
the fancy packaging, but includes a VGA-to-TV cable and driver CDROM.

A good source for the card (if you don't mind buying online) is www.mwave.com. 
I got the "high end" G450 32MB DDR dual had card for about $130 there. You can 
get the 16MB version (which should be adequate unless you plan on high 
resolution/color depth on both monitors simultaneously) for about $100.

I've been using Matrox video cards since the G200 for all my CAD stations and 
have had virtually no troubles with them on Intel, AMD Socket 7 and AMD Socket 
A systems using Intel and VIA chipsets.

I agree with the previous advice on the ATI cards as well. I've had plenty of 
troubles with them -- mostly driver related. ATI is not very fast at fixing 
bugs compared to Matrox, in my experience.

Matt Pobursky
Maximum Performance Systems

On Tue, 6 Feb 2001 12:46:47 -0500, Bagotronix Tech Support wrote:
>Hello, all:
>I am trying to decide what video card to buy in my new PC (Athlon, DDR).  I
>would like to know what cards are stable and fast for use with 99SE and
>Win2K.  Also, I would like to know what cards to avoid.
>My local PC shop will use any card I specify, but is recommending the Elsa
>Synergy III (Nvidia chipset), a dual-port card.  Any comments on it?
>Thanks in advance for all your advice.
>Best regards,
>Ivan Baggett
>Bagotronix Inc.
>website:  http://www.bagotronix.com

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