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Old Jul 8th, 2016, 10:27 PM   #1
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Video card for mac pro 1.1

Picked up a mac pro 2.66 (2006) to play some old games and the 256mb video card stutters too often. It has 8 single 1mg chips and the two 1.5 g hdds are raided so other than maybe searching for 8 single 2mg chips, the video card is the way to go. I tried a newer 1g card but no drivers for mac so I am sure I am restricted to the few original options.
Let me know what you have and what you need for it.
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Old Jul 9th, 2016, 12:51 AM   #2
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2 GB RAM is still brutally expensive for these guys. Nothing to offer, but just noting that the ATI Radeon HD 3870 worked in this model, but was not compatible with Lion.
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Old Jul 9th, 2016, 10:02 AM   #3
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Thanks Macfury, I am running snow leopard and don't plan on upgrading at all. Thanks for the heads up on another card to seek out!
The ram would be more than I paid for the machine so the video card is what I'm hoping for.
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Old Jul 9th, 2016, 11:12 PM   #4
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The Nvidia GT120 and 7300GT are both weak cards.

There's a ton of Nvidia 8800GT vid cards for Mac on eBay. They range from $85.00 to $150.00 U.S..

You could also look for an ATI HD 5770 for Mac card, but it'll be a bit more expensive than the 8800GT. Lots of those on eBay too.

If you don't like eBay, my friend has a "ATI HD 5770 1GB" in perfect condition for sale. He's in Ontario. I can vouch for this card because I gave it to him. I bought it new from Apple, used it for a short time and it's been packed away unused ever since.
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Old Jul 10th, 2016, 01:02 AM   #5
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The Nvidia GT120 and 7300GT are both weak cards.

There's a ton of Nvidia 8800GT vid cards for Mac on eBay. They range from $85.00 to $150.00 U.S..

You could also look for an ATI HD 5770 for Mac card, but it'll be a bit more expensive than the 8800GT. Lots of those on eBay too.

If you don't like eBay, my friend has a "ATI HD 5770 1GB" in perfect condition for sale. He's in Ontario. I can vouch for this card because I gave it to him. I bought it new from Apple, used it for a short time and it's been packed away unused ever since.
Where in Ontario and what do you think the card is worth?
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Where in Ontario and what do you think the card is worth?
Thessalon ON.
I just messaged him on FB and he said $150.00. That's a very good price, especially for a card in that good condition.
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Old Jul 10th, 2016, 01:28 AM   #7
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Thessalon ON.
I just messaged him on FB and he said $150.00. That's a very good price, especially for a card in that good condition.
I only paid $150 for the machine and only to play some older games. $50 to $75 for a used card is what I was hoping but thanks. Also Thessalon is about 6.5 hour drive but again thanks.
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I only paid $150 for the machine and only to play some older games. $50 to $75 for a used card is what I was hoping but thanks. Also Thessalon is about 6.5 hour drive but again thanks.
Ya, the 5770 really is too much card for that machine. But eBay is your friend in these situations. I've had nothing but good experiences buying on there. Maybe try and find a good price on an 512 MB 8800GT.
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5770s I've seen have the vendors asking for $200.
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Old Jul 10th, 2016, 05:25 PM   #10
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This guy is asking $105 for an 8800 GT. Maybe there's some wiggle room:

NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT 512MB video graphics card | other | Markham / York Region | Kijiji
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