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April 19, 2010 2:08:45 PM

Hello,
I am in need of a new pc, no more excuses to get a gaming pc for my 3D modeling work, but heck, I still want to game. So, Can I get a Dual CPU socket MB with all the candy and a Quadro, and pop in a GTX480 in primary or secondary PCI-e slot [surely if a Dual Socket MB has support for 2x 16x PCI-e's] and when gaming, make the GTX 480 render the gaming app, and when in 3DS MAX or any CAD software, have the Quadro rendering that?

I want to hit 2 birds with 1 cannonball :)  I have heard of a person who did have a Quadro and a Geforce, but he physically switched the cards everytime he wanted to play/work.

I really need to know, its either that or a GTX480 in my old rig [Q6600? will this bottlneck if its at 3.6GHZ?] I just find that ALT a waste since i have a very good 8800GTX SLi system.

Thanks in Advance!
April 19, 2010 3:28:41 PM

First off, I am not even sure if a Quadro and a GTX4xx can even co exist peacefully due to driver issues. You may want to check this first.

Second, budget?
April 19, 2010 3:55:55 PM

Thanks I sure will check on that on my spare time, Darn uni projects. As for budget, IF I can get a geforce to co-exist with a Quadro - 2.7-3k , else 2.5k.

Would you think buying a Quadro +Xeon system/workstation first, fork up a few bucks and get a GTX 480 SLI rig is a better solution to go?[ I will wait till the prices are right]

Another quick question, IF I am to physically swap the Quadro for the Geforce to game, would I need to install the drivers everytime? [ I'm sure I would need to =\]

Thanks guys, Ive been having PC problems for the last 3 months, all due to the instalation of the 191.01 drivers, it killed my 8800GTX a slow painfull death, and now the second survivor is overheating in some games, so I steped back from gaming...
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April 19, 2010 4:32:03 PM

Imo, if I was doing something like this, I would have 2 PCs. One for playing games and other for doing renderings.

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Another quick question, IF I am to physically swap the Quadro for the Geforce to game, would I need to install the drivers everytime? [ I'm sure I would need to =\]

Probably will need to re-install.

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Thanks guys, Ive been having PC problems for the last 3 months, all due to the instalation of the 191.01 drivers, it killed my 8800GTX a slow painfull death, and now the second survivor is overheating in some games, so I steped back from gaming...

You do realize there are new drivers out? Also, you can download EVGA Precision and change fan speed.
April 19, 2010 7:57:11 PM

Thanks, yes of course ive downloaded all drivers from the 190's to the latest beta drivers of the time i was fideling with the system.

I will be sure to format and install all to the latest drivers - I hope that might stabalize my system now.

TY Again.
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