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Hi guys i have mac pro 2009 running windows 7 my question is can i have original video card for osx that come with mac and one more video card for windows. Reason i am asking is i am ruining Sidefx Houdini program and it needs better video card then what i have now is NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 and its slow. So i would liek to have one for man and one for windows.

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You can install only Macintosh compatible video cards in your Mac Pro...AND...a video card you choose must be compatible with a 2009 Mac Pro.

Two cards I know with work with your 2009 Mac Pro:

ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010) - Apple Store (U.S.)

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009) - Apple Store (U.S.)

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can they be any more cheaper.
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Unfortunately, quality video cards for the Mac are more expensive than their Windows counterparts. You can shop around on eBay if you prefer but be careful you don't buy a Windows video card that has been "blown" with Mac firmware to make it work. Sometimes they work, sometimes not.
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sadly the 5770 is going to be about your cheapest option. the next step up would be NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Professional Graphics PCI-Express Video Card for the Apple Mac Pro.
and it goes for around 1000 bucks american. sorry
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