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Which is the best price for performance video card for editing and encoding video?

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May 9, 2014 6:51:36 AM

I'm not going to be gaming so I don't need a super expensive video card. I will mainly be using Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Handbrake. I don't want to spend much on the graphics card since I know the CPU and RAM are the most important parts in this build, however I've heard It's best to include a video card made by NVIDIA due to CUDA helping with rendering speeds. Would it be possible to get this card with the lowest price possible?

I'm looking for a video card which is around £30-£80, the cheaper the better. I just want the most performance for as low of a cost as possible.

I don't know if this helps but I'll be using the Intel Core i5-4570, so I need the video card to be compatible with this CPU.

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a c 164 U Graphics card
May 9, 2014 7:12:30 AM

I'd probably suggest using the iGPU and getting an i7 - you're likely to see more of a difference there.
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May 9, 2014 9:00:42 AM

Would the motherboard's GPU be powerful enough for video editing and connecting my PC to 2 monitors? If yes would you suggest a compatible motherboard which is suitable for this?
I'm looking for a motherboard with these specs:
2 or more DVI/HDMI ports
4 or more rear USB 3.0 slots and 2 at front
4 or more DDR3 RAM slots (preferred if it handles 1600MHz - 2400MHz)
4 or more SATA 6 GB/s plugs (I think this is needed for SSDs and HDDs, I may be wrong)
Compatible with the incoming Intel Broadwell 14nm chips (in case I need an upgrade)
ATX board
SLI compatible
4 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (I may upgrade video cards and use SLI Bridge)
Socket 1150
7.1 HD Audio
Fast FSB

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a c 164 U Graphics card
May 9, 2014 9:07:29 AM

Video editing doesn't really use GPU power, though it depends on what package you're using. Handbrake at least has CUDA/OpenCL as very beta, IIRC.

4xPCIe slots is a significant price increase. Unless you're sure you're going to go with more than two GPUs, I'd stick with a board without the extra PLX chip.

Also, FSB doesn't matter and basically doesn't exist on modern platforms.
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May 9, 2014 9:15:31 AM

Yeah maybe I don't need the 4 PCI-E slots, if it is significantly more expensive I would rather just stick with 2. I think 2 should be enough for an SLI bridge what do you think? (I'm just trying to make it as future proof as possible so I won't regret it later when I need to upgrade my graphics card)

So since Handbrake uses CUDA is it worth getting a video card or won't I notice a significant speed difference? If it is only slightly faster I rather spend that money on other components.

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a c 164 U Graphics card
May 9, 2014 9:19:03 AM

You can run two GPUs in SLI/CF.

I'm not certain; I haven't done a lot of looking into how much professional stuff uses GPU acceleration.
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May 9, 2014 10:38:23 AM

I think 2 SLI-E slots should be fine if I decide to add in video cards later on, what I'm worried about is if newer video cards might change and start using different connections to the current SLI-E slots. I know this is a problem when upgrading CPUs as Intel processors start using different sockets, for example Ivy Bridge uses 1155 and Haswell uses 1150, however I've heard the new Broadwell CPUs will be using the same socket so that shouldn't be a problem. Is this an issue for video cards, do they change their sockets as often as Intel's CPUs?


I hope they don’t do it often as I'm not looking forward to changing my CPU and motherboard just to add in a video card in the future. All the old video cards which are compatible with the PCI-E 3.0 on the motherboard will become discontinued and I'll have no choice apart from buying the newer PCI-E 4.0 versions. I just hope PCI-E 4.0 will be backwards compatible as buying a new motherboard and CPU just seems too inconvenient to me. As for RAM upgrades DDR4 doesn't seem it will have much of an improvement compared to DDR3 for my PC build, as long as it can support 1600MHz-2400MHz and can support a maximum pf 32gb of RAM it should be fine.

If anyone knows a good motherboard to use which has the above features please post them below, it would be really helpful.
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a c 164 U Graphics card
May 9, 2014 6:43:14 PM

PCIe, not SLI. SLI is Nvidia's way of using two GPUs in the same system.

PCIe is here to stay, at least for the next few years. And I expect it will be backwards compatible; previous changes have been.

I'd go with the ASRock Z87 Extreme4, Asus Z87-A, GA-Z87X-D3H, or MSI Z87-G45/-G55.
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