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GPU for HD editing and 3D andimation

Hi,

I am building a new system as I got tired of my old one crawling along.

I have already:

msi n750-g55 (mobo)
phenom2 955be (cpu)
crucial balistix tracer 4gb ddr3 1333 (ram)
2 sata hdds, etc.

These are the graphics cards I am looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130395

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162020

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162033

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127478

First question, can someone tell me the difference between the 2 galaxy cards?

I do not play games. I do some hd video editing and some 2d and a little 3d animation.

My first thought is to get the first card and sli another one later. I do not know if I will need that much performance. The price is right. I could afford the other cards also, especially the galaxy with the MIR.

Can anyone tell me if these cards will work for what I need. Are the ddr3 cards to much? Will I see a difference between them? What if I add another card later, will I see a difference or is it too much? My motherboard runs x8/x8 with in sli mode.

Thanks for any answers you can give.

Chris
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  1. Firstly, you can spot out the difference between the two galaxy cards by going through their specs.. The cards You've mentioned are all mainstream and as such wont do any favours for your intended works except put up a display.. If i may had to choose from this lot, i'd go for the galaxy model.. GDDR3 memory and a 256 bit interface is justified for the little extra price.. But am not too sure on your SLI plans since you do not plan to game..
  2. Best answer
    I think ATI has better technology in the HD5670 for editing and animation, but I'm not too sure. It's $85.
  3. Best answer selected by BigDog76_02.
  4. shadow187 said:
    I think ATI has better technology in the HD5670 for editing and animation, but I'm not too sure. It's $85.


    You are correct. Thank you very much for your quick and helpful response. The HD5670 has directx11 and ogl 3.2. although noone actually supports these now, at least I won't have to buy another card next year. I found one on newegg (of course) for $120 w/ 1gb ddr5 and 738mhz gpu. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161320 Thanks again for your response.

    I would recommend this card to anyone doing hd editing and or 3d modeling/animating. I have looked into this and it should work great on all programs I use.

    Blender
    TrueSpace (recently purchased by M$ :( ), but still free for now
    K3D
    Jahshaka
    Wax
    Frameserver

    I love open source. If you're looking to buy software, just download these for free and donate to the developers. (sorry to go off topic)

    Thanks

    Chris
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