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Is it a good idea go with a workstation card?

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October 29, 2007 12:39:20 AM

I am looking to (in the next 9 months) build a computer for workstation purposes. I am looking to do 3D modeling primarily, but also play some games once in a while. The games would be of low-intensity graphically. Should I go with a workstation card like GeForce or FireGL or a traditional gaming one like GeForce or Raedon. I am looking at the $200-$250 area, which would put it between cards like: Quadro FX560, FireGL V3400, or an 8800GTS/GTX (640MB/786MB, likely to be in price range by then). I could go up possibly as high as $450 which would open up the option of an FX1500, but only if that's gonna be a HUGE improvement, which would also allow me to play Civ4 reasonably well. What do you think? Ideally, if you guys had benchmarks showing how Gaming and Workstation cards stacked up against eachother that'd be best, but I've searched and not been able to find anything. Any help? Thanks.
October 29, 2007 2:56:35 AM

If you're going to go with a workstation card be prepared to spend anywhere between $1500 to 2500 for a recent one, because the cards you're mentioning (Quadros) are old, you'll want something like FX4500, FX4600, FX5500 or FX5600. If you can't spend that much then I'd say buy the upcoming 8800GT for around $250.
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