Looking for recomendations for upgrading my graphics card for a new build. Currently have a PNY xlr8 8800gts 320mb.

So I have a Core 2 Duo 6750 processor and 4 gigs of DDR2 ram with the PNY xlr8 8800gts 320mb vid card. This worked acceptably for me playing EQ2 for hours on end, but I'm not much of a gamer anymore, but still want the capability if I get back into it. I'm currently more concerned with CAD/CAM/CAE software.

I'm looking for something moderately priced, so a Quadro card worth anything is out of my budget, plus I've seen the benchmarks on gamiing with a Quadro.

My current card is sufficient for simple 3D parts, but chokes with complex parts, assemblies, animations, etc. (I use a spaceball for moving the parts around and stuttering motion just sucks)

I know even an entry level card will be better than what I have, so I'm hoping something midrange will provide very noticable improvements.

I'm partial to Nvidia products because some ATI cards have left a sour taste in my mouth in the past, but would consider ATI if they've gotten their act together.

Please throw some options/recomendations out there if you can as I've been out of the pc world since my last build.

Regards,

Steve

PS: I'm debating on a new motherboard and i5 or i7 or just picking up one of the top end core 2 duo's if I find a super deal, but leaning towards full upgrade to get more ram to load large assemblies and CAE work into ram.
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  1. hi, do you have a budget in mind?
  2. what power supply do you have make and model ?
  3. Core2Duo: Get a good cooler and overclock. Or get a Qxxxx model (i.e Core2Quad)
    Graphics: ATI was bought by AMD in 2006 and the ATI name has disappeared in 2010. So if you had sour experiences with ATI before 2006, it probably won't hurt to buy an AMD(ATI) card. Can you spend $250 on a Quadro 410 (the low-end)? There is also a Firepro V4900 card by AMD that is $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195109
    If you can't afford less than $150 your choices are very limited...
    Maybe a used card or a gaming card...
  4. ARICH5 said:
    hi, do you have a budget in mind?


    I'm looking around 1000 for total build/upgrade. I have 4 1TB drives (video, pics, scratch space) so I'm set there. I'd like a new case but the one I have will make due.
  5. bigcyco1 said:
    what power supply do you have make and model ?


    Power supply is an enermax eg701ax-ve(w) 600W
  6. Matsushima said:
    Core2Duo: Get a good cooler and overclock. Or get a Qxxxx model (i.e Core2Quad)
    Graphics: ATI was bought by AMD in 2006 and the ATI name has disappeared in 2010. So if you had sour experiences with ATI before 2006, it probably won't hurt to buy an AMD(ATI) card. Can you spend $250 on a Quadro 410 (the low-end)? There is also a Firepro V4900 card by AMD that is $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195109
    If you can't afford less than $150 your choices are very limited...
    Maybe a used card or a gaming card...


    $250 would be reasonable for graphics, but I've had bad experiences with lower end Quadro's in the past. (Company basically crippled engineers with poor part selection.)

    I'm just not sure if $250 on a workstation card will outperform a gaming oriented card for the same price. (I don't need the super stable drivers of a workstation card, but my card is so old even the new lower end quadro will enhance performance greatly)
  7. Those of you who work with 3D graphics or 3D modeling applications such as 3DS Max, Maya, POV Ray, etc. You might benefit from purchasing a workstation class graphics card. While these graphics cards are hardware wise identical to lower to mid range gaming graphics cards, what you’re actually paying for are drivers that will accelerate stuff like viewports in your 3D models. It sucks that you have to pay 3x-4x more than a gaming graphics card, but companies like Nvidia and AMD conveniently leave out 3D modeling optimized code so you pretty much have no choice but to purchase these workstation class graphics cards. Below are a couple recommended graphics cards if you’re planning on building a new 3D graphics / modeling workstation. I typically recommend Nvidia graphics cards just because they feature CUDA and CUDA acceleration is something a lot of 3D modeling applications support.


    Nvidia Quadro 600
    Nvidia Quadro 4000
  8. You could consider a multicard setup if you are dependent on Cuda for your modeling work. Even if you settle on a Quadro for the primary card you can get a cheap second hand gaming card with decent specs as almost every Quadro in your range doesn't have the best SP and DP floating point performance. GTX465 on up has great compute performance on the dollar.
  9. nforce4max said:
    You could consider a multicard setup if you are dependent on Cuda for your modeling work. Even if you settle on a Quadro for the primary card you can get a cheap second hand gaming card with decent specs as almost every Quadro in your range doesn't have the best SP and DP floating point performance. GTX465 on up has great compute performance on the dollar.
    +1
  10. bigcyco1 said:
    Those of you who work with 3D graphics or 3D modeling applications such as 3DS Max, Maya, POV Ray, etc. You might benefit from purchasing a workstation class graphics card. While these graphics cards are hardware wise identical to lower to mid range gaming graphics cards, what you’re actually paying for are drivers that will accelerate stuff like viewports in your 3D models. It sucks that you have to pay 3x-4x more than a gaming graphics card, but companies like Nvidia and AMD conveniently leave out 3D modeling optimized code so you pretty much have no choice but to purchase these workstation class graphics cards. Below are a couple recommended graphics cards if you’re planning on building a new 3D graphics / modeling workstation. I typically recommend Nvidia graphics cards just because they feature CUDA and CUDA acceleration is something a lot of 3D modeling applications support.


    Nvidia Quadro 600
    Nvidia Quadro 4000




    Crap, why is there nothing in between the 600 and 2000. And I can't even get dual display on the 600. Wondering if I should just drop 400 on a non workstation card.
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