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Need help choosing the right card for me.

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December 27, 2009 11:50:11 PM

Hi all,

I'm building a new Linux desktop server. So far:

  • ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58
  • Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
  • CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
  • Apevia X-Cruiser Thermally Advantaged Case - Silver
  • XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

    Last thing to purchase is a video card.

  • As I mentioned, this will mainly be a Linux desktop server.
  • I do plan on some gaming under Linux / wine.
  • I'll be using this computer extensively for FFT, Monte Carlo simulations, stock market correlations, and other areas of computational finance. I'd like to investigate doing my calculations on the GPU (GPGPU / CUDA).
  • Lastly, I'd like to be able to display movie files (e.g. avi) on my living room TV set.
  • I don't mind spending a little change, but my upper maximum would be about $500 USD.

    Any recommendations?
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    December 28, 2009 12:09:42 AM

    My first suggestion would be a $55 HD4670 it will handle the movies just fine the other aspects I do not know enough about.

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    December 28, 2009 3:27:36 AM

    Well if you want CUDA.. and are willing to spend 500$, wait a little while for the Nvidia GTX 300'S come out. (Fermi)

    They will fit inside your budget, and will have superior features and CUDA support, or they will heavily lower current Nvidia lineup prices.

    A little patience and you will get huge bang for your buck.
    Of course if you have to make it now you could get a GTx 285 or even a 295within your budget. < GTX 285 < GTX 295

    These are the most powerful cards for CUDA and if your willing to spend the money on them, they will last the longest.

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    December 28, 2009 4:25:16 AM

    Excellent. Thank you so much! I think what I'll do is purchase the GeForce GTX 285 1GB right now since I need a video card, and then when the the GTX 300 comes out, swap it out for a GTX 300.
    December 28, 2009 6:37:42 PM

    Best answer it!