I am studying architecture, and am putting a build together for a computer that will be the best for my work. I use mainly Photoshop, Revit 3D modelling and rendering software, and 3D Studio Max. My main concern is two-fold: running large files in Photshop and Revit is essential, but cutting down on rendering times is also important.
Another issue is that I am in South Africa, so prices, exchange rates and stock availability and brands are different to other places!
Right, so my build stands at:
AMD Phenom II x2 550 be
4gig DDR3 1333
...and the hold up comes with the motherboards. My options have exhausted my budget and am playing around to get the best combination within my budget.
My options are:
MSI M/B with ATI chipset (Xfire, hybrid Xfire etc) and a sapphire 4670 512 DDR3
or a MSI M/B with nVidia chipset SLI (R200 cheaper than ATI) and a MSI 9600 GT 512 DDR3 (R200 more than sapphire)
while I don't see me using SLi or crossfire in the near future, it doesnt make sense to me to get a nVidia chipset board and ATI card and vice versa. But if it really doesn't make a difference, I could get the cheaper nVidia chispet board with a more expensive better sapphire 4830 card? Would that be better?
Another worry for me is that Sapphire seems to always get great reviews for ATI cards, but MSI has more mixed reviews for nVidia cards? Should I stick with the (seemingly better) Sapphire ATI cards?
Thanks for your time, I would really appreciate any input and advice!
Hmm i dun think those apps take advantage of GPU acceleration while being CPU intensive tasks so why dun concentrate on getting as much processing power as u can - i vote the Athlon 2 x4 620 or the lowest end Deneb x4 the 925 as per which is within your budget ^^ Go with an IGP chipset like 785G/790GX?
Well some 785G have 128mb sideport memory if u worried about IGP stealing RAM from system but if i were u i would fork out for a discrete if i am 100% the app get GPU accelerated by default and/or via some plugin hehe
thanks man, great help! If i still wanted to use the PC for a bit of casual gaming in downtime, what would be a good option?? looking for a quiet, stable low power card..
my options seem to be (all sapphire as i've heard good things) HD 4550 passive, HD 4650 1gig DDR2 passive, or really fork out for a 4670 DDR3 passive card. I would go for a standard 4670, but apparently they really loud.
the HD 4650 1gig DDR2 seems attractive to me for gaming possibility and no noise?
ssa, haven't really seriously played a game in years to be honest, but i want the option. i still play legend of zelda - a link to the past SNES on my HTPC for instance, but if i had the option i'd definitely get into some newer games.
i'm basically looking for a decent, quiet reliable 512mb-ish (DDR2 or DDR3) for a good price that can handle a few games.
i think it might be worthwhile forking out for a HD 4670, but i'm worried about loud fan noise, which would suck for work. but i can get a silent heatsink Sapphire HD4670 it seems. do you think that's a good option (it might be a bit pricey for what i need)? i read a good review on it. otherwise i'm just gonna get a cheap HD4550 or 4350 or something, unless there's any better recommedation?
Nah no worries the HD 4670 is a popular card for my clients andmy favourite is the Sapphire HD 4670 with native HDMI - very good temps and low noise at load and can do 1280 x 1024 good while being low power/noise enuff go be a HTPC card as well hehe I would say if u wanna fork out for a discrete the HD 4670 is an good choice for casual gamers the others u mentioned lack teeth to be even considered entry level gaming cards IMO
what power supply would you recommend? i had a 470watt gigabyte one in mind, but am wondering if i need that much? and could i sent you the html of the components from the shop if you could check them out maybe?
Sure but a link to that Gigabyte PSU specs would suffice - have to study its amps and such to make a call Dun recall Gigabyte make top of the line PSUs but certainly not door stop fodder so sounds good