HI, Dear community,
I would like you to listen to your comments over the combinations below.
My goal is to have a desktop for 3d rendering, such as in rhino, vray, etc. but the budget is around $1000. And taking suggestion on using a better graphic card, i choose ATI firegl V7700. if anyone has use this GPU before, very appreciate to hear from ur feedback!!!
the shopping list below plus shipping costs total $1100.
You will probably want to max out the memory to 8gb. Rendering and video editing will use as much memory as you can give it. I'm not sure at this price point you are really gaining much by going with a workstation video card. At the high price points they can make a difference, but at the lower points they will usually perform worse than their gaming cousins. You might consider getting a 1gb version of the 4670, the extra video ram is useless when gaming, but your apps can probably make use of the extra ram and give you a better overall performance than the 512mb workstation card.
thanks for your instant reply!!
I guess i would need 8gb ram , and it's easy to add another 2x2gb later which costs around $100.
and for the GPU, it is said that the firegl series of ATI graphic card is particularly designed for 3D modeling, that's why i am wondering this workstation video card might be better than those in the radeon series with similar prices. hope i can get a clearer distinction between the firegl and radeon series soon!
The main difference between workstation and gaming cards are the drivers and support that goes along with the cards and drivers. The actual hardware is very similar. The reason I said you might be better off with a 1gb mainstream gaming card is because until you hit the high end of workstation cards (usually cards over $1000 by themselves) the gains you make are not worth the extra price you have to pay for them for similar performance from a gaming cpu that supports open gl.
Just so you know that V7700 is based of the old Radeon 3870. Of course, anything faster than that will cost you more than twice as much as far as professional rendering cards go. As beial said, workstation cards have better support as well as drivers that are optimized for professional applications compared to their gaming counterparts. You can have an issue, make a phone call, and have a custom tweaked driver the next day. Still a desktop card like the Radeon 5770 or the 4870 may serve you better for your intended use. Of course, before you go out and buy a desktop card I advise you to research it prior to make sure there are no issues with it and the programs you intend to use.