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Card for AutoCAD?

What card should I have (at minimum), to effectively run AutoCAD, MATLAB, and Xilinx?

My system will have an i7 860, and I'd like to buy it at newegg. Besides that, I have no preference other than spending under $100.
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  1. Aren't u gaming at all?
    If u aren't gaming at all then any card will just fine.
    For comparison, i have no problem runs AutoCad and Matlab with HD4850.
  2. Agreed, you'd be fine with a very solid desktop card, and HD4850 is cheap and good, with native double precision capabilities for future GPGPU assist (still a long way off).
    Even a GTS250 would be fine if you prefer the green team.

    Depends on what options you have in your area.

    Also any interest in multi-monitors?
  3. TheGreatGrapeApe said:
    Agreed, you'd be fine with a very solid desktop card, and HD4850 is cheap and good, with native double precision capabilities for future GPGPU assist (still a long way off).
    Even a GTS250 would be fine if you prefer the green team.

    Depends on what options you have in your area.

    Also any interest in multi-monitors?


    I'm leaning GTS250 over HD4850 right now. The cards perform similarly, and neither one has GDDR5 or Dx11, so I kinda want the card with PhysX for $15 more.

    Multi-monitors is a goal with this build. Hopefully gonna pick up an extra monitor at the end of the year/Black Friday sales. Monitor for the time being is a 1920x1080 21in. I want the extra one to be the same size and resolution.
  4. PhysX? :lol:
  5. No need for PhysX, it doesn't effect the performance too much...
    For dual monitor 1920x1080 then u might want to stretch your budget a bit more and grab HD5770...
    Well, how about you TGGA? :)
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    Yeah budget would be good for multi-monitor, but for MatLab you'd want the extra processing power since it does support GPGPU and for that I'd want the upfront DP support, not the promised future Double Precision.

    The main thing is to be more specific about what he's doing, it's like saying I want a graphics card for Adobe or Microsoft, but not being specific about the subset. There are different options for different uses / implementations of Matlab for example.

    I like the HD5770 and prefer it for most things, the only thing that sticks out a bit is Matlab, but depending on the set he's working with the HD5770 may be the perfect mix of all worlds, or just fall short on the current support for DP math.
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