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Video Card for Non-gaming Video Editing

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January 21, 2010 12:26:02 AM

My computer use is: 1) internet, MSWord/Excel,Email, etc 2) hobbyist use of Adobe Premier 1.5, Photoshop CS-2, Encore,Mobeus PhotoAnimation 3) no gaming at all-no time I want to build an affordable computer $700-$800 /- that will accomodate the above and last 5 years with possible upgrades to Premier version Here's my plan: Asus P7P55D E PRO Intel i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66 mhz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 Gskill F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK DDR3 1333 (all above compatible with ASUS Mobo) The last issue is the video card. The rest of the components I am ok getting, HD, Drives, Monitor, etc. I have looked on line and see cards from $50 to $180 and the ones recommended for video editing are in the $180 range (or higher) but I am on a budget. Questions: 1) is the above build sound ok for my use, 2) which video card would fit in there? Any help would be appreciated.
a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2010 3:49:43 AM

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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2010 4:15:42 AM

First, with the applications you use you should get an nVidia card to take advantage of the CUDA function where the GPU will assist the CPU in processing certain data.

Here is probably more than you want to read on that but you can pick and choose:

Here is an explanation of what CUDA is designed to do – note that the first article is almost two years old and the second one year:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-cuda-gpu,195...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-cuda-gpgpu,2...

And an overview with FAQ from Benchmark Reviews (almost 2 years old):

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Nvidia CUDA 2.0 Delivers Photoshop Plug-in Acceleration
8/22/08
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/nvidia-cuda-photoshop,news-...

Cuda significantly accelerates Photoshop CS4 and Premiere CS4
9/25/08
http://www.overclock.net/graphics-cards-general/389996-...

Adobe announces GPU accelerated Flash
6/3/09
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2009/06/03/adobe-...

NVIDIA CUDA-enabled Applications Roundup
6/12/09
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=719

NVIDIA CUDA video editing application round up
7/8/09
http://www.elitebastards.com/index.php?option=com_conte...

ATI Stream vs. NVIDIA CUDA - GPGPU computing battle royale
8/07/09
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=745

Adobe Sneak Peek: Major GPU Acceleration for Video
11/27/09
http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2009/11/adobe_sneak_peek_m...


Second, I recommend getting something in the range of GT 220 or 240, depending on what your budget allows.

BFG Tech BFGEGT2201024D2BE GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail - $50 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N240GT-MD1G GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail - $65 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These reviews should give you some idea if the above cards will meet your needs, although they are more oriented towards gaming rather than the applications you do:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-220,2445...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-240,2475...
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