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August 13th, 2008, 10:23 PM
Can someone please recommend me the cheapest graphics card that will run beryl and compiz nicely, so I can have all the cool effects?

My computer is an acerPowerS260, if you need more info about it, just ask and I'll try and get it.


August 13th, 2008, 10:28 PM
Providing you have an available PCI slot, most graphics cards will work.
I would recommend an Nvidia card, as generally, they work better with Ubuntu. For your needs, I would personally select an Nvidia 7 series, or 8 series card (perhaps the 8500 GT (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140301) may be suitable).

August 13th, 2008, 10:28 PM
I have an older computer with an ATI radeon 9600 AGP card that works with 3D effects without any tinkering and without using 'restricted' drivers.
However, newer ATI cards have incomplete open source drivers and newer NVidia cards are probably better supported by the maker's binary drivers than ATI cards are.
I'm guessing most posters will recommend NVidia.

August 13th, 2008, 10:29 PM
On a 230W PSU you aren't going to get much. The motherboard in your computer supports AGP graphics cards but they are getting harder to come by as everything nowadays uses PCI-E 2.0. I'll leave it up to you to Google or whatever but my guess is that it would have to be an ATI card although I have had bad experiences with the ATI Linux drivers.

August 13th, 2008, 10:36 PM
This site has some AGP cards but I don't see the 9600 among them.


The ones available might be supported by the 'radeon' driver though but I don't personally own any of them.


August 13th, 2008, 10:41 PM
You can pick up an Nvidia FX5200 (128mb) or FX 5500(256mb) on e-bay for about 10/$20.00. They are AGP and will perform everything you will need in Compiz or Beryl. Terrific, very well supported cards.

August 13th, 2008, 10:44 PM
For a PCI card that does not use a lot of power, but works great under Ubuntu, then I would go for a Geforce FX 5200. It's cheap and runs compiz just fine.