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Need one more part for my new computer ... the graphic cards

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September 24, 2009 1:07:54 PM

After extensive research and suggestions offered by everyone here and several other forums, I went ahead and purchased the parts for my new computer build this past month ... all except one:


Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail ($199.99)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727

Thermalright TRUE Black 120 Rev.C CPU Cooler - Retail ($64.99)
http://www.heatsinkfactory.com/thermalright-true-black-120-rev-a-cpu-cooler.html

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM ($4.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100009

LG Black 8X BD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Reader & DVD±R Burner - Retail ($104.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162

(2) Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - Retail ($17.98) (To be used with the Thermalright Cooler)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185058

(6) COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20CR-GP 120mm Red LED Case Fan - Retail ($53.94)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103063

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($299.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039

(2) OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Low Voltage Triple Channel Memory Kit - Retail ($259.98)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply - Retail ($189.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM ($94.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM ($109.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100 Black 102 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse - Retail ($29.99)
Purchased it at Meijer


With $60 in rebates I'll be getting in return (one for the EVGA motherboard and one for each OCZ memory kit), the total for my build comes out to a little over $1,500. And, as you can see, the last part I need to get is the graphics card. Can anyone offer some advice on who I should go with? NVIDIA or ATI?

Again, the main purpose for my computer is for digital content creation (both 2D and 3D), watching Blu-ray movies and some gaming.

Thanks.
September 24, 2009 1:12:36 PM

gtx275/285 if your programs use cuda if not the ati 5850/5870
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September 24, 2009 1:43:17 PM

The only application that I use which has CUDA implementation for plugins is Photoshop. Do I really need to get a $300-$400 graphics card just for this feature alone?

Multi-core processing, GPU-accelerated features and extra memory were the main reasons for updating my computer for Photoshop/Illustrator. And the only 3D modeling software I use is Blender.
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September 24, 2009 2:03:47 PM

For just some occasional gaming up to 1920x1200 get the 5850, but it depends on your 3D programs, are they GPU intensive or not (I know Photoshop isn't), if they are then get a 5870.
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September 24, 2009 2:13:29 PM

It seems that everywhere I look online the 5850/5870 are all sold out. Plus, DX11 will not be utilized in games until later next year (there's a couple of games coming out by the end of this year that uses DX11, but I'm not interested in them).
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September 24, 2009 3:15:59 PM

ecosvaldo said:
It seems that everywhere I look online the 5850/5870 are all sold out. Plus, DX11 will not be utilized in games until later next year (there's a couple of games coming out by the end of this year that uses DX11, but I'm not interested in them).


If you're not interested in DX11 and your applications not incredibly GPU intensive I recommend the 4890.
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September 24, 2009 6:21:29 PM

Thermalright TRUE Black 120 Rev.C CPU Cooler - Retail ($64.99) said:
Thermalright TRUE Black 120 Rev.C CPU Cooler - Retail ($64.99)
You have to buy a fan to go with that cooler, bringing it up to $80-90.

You sure you want to spend that much? There are options almost as good for alot less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GTX 275 for only $210 (many other brands under $250)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CUDA is not in the specs for the nvidia 260 or 250 so I assume those cheaper cards dont have it.
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September 25, 2009 12:58:52 PM

dndhatcher said:
You have to buy a fan to go with that cooler, bringing it up to $80-90.

You sure you want to spend that much? There are options almost as good for alot less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GTX 275 for only $210 (many other brands under $250)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CUDA is not in the specs for the nvidia 260 or 250 so I assume those cheaper cards dont have it.


I did buy two fans for my cooler. They are the Scythe 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fans; it's there in my list.
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