for an upcoming job i'm trying to determine if it's worth it to aquire a new graphics card for my (rather old, athlon-xp-based) sidekick system or if it's less hassle overall to get a complete machine on loan for the duration of the job. what i need is decent pixelshader 3.0 preview ability. there's no way in hell i'd replace my trusty quadro with some gamer card in my workhorse machine so that's why it has to be a card for the old box.
i'd need an AGP card, 128 or 256 mbytes - i don't care. ATI or nVIDIA? in this case i don't care either, it's only for running some engine viewer/editor for shader finetuning anyway. however, the final product might very well end up on xbox 360. it would be nice to not get a card with a fan that makes one deaf, or one that puts out insane heat and sucks an enourmos amount of power. TV-out would be nice to have, too.
i was looking at the radeon X1600 Pro, would that be a fit? or are the nVidia boards better for my kind of application? and if so, GF6600 or what? afaik the high end nVidia boards are quite the monsters, probably too much to handle for this machine with a mainboard designed in the era of geforce3/4's.
keep in mind i'm not going to use the board for anything else. as soon as the job is over i'll be most likely getting rid of it, hence it doesn't need to be future proof or whatever.