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[HELP]games design student needs better graphic card

hi i dont really had a serious problem with my old graphic card ...it just... slow...and always lag when im doing 3d modelling.

my system now :

ASRock G41M-VS3
intel core 2 duo e7600 3.06 Ghz
nvidia GeForce 9600 GT 512 mb
ram 4 gb ddr2
psu 550w

software i use : photoshop , affter effect , illustrator , flash , 3ds max ,blender, maya , poser and some game engines (unreal engine and later will learn some other engines as well)

i need graphic card that could handle all of these software

i know Quadro or firepro are the way better to do 3d things but i hv a bit concern about it performance to run game engines.

i dont mind to spend more money for quadro or firepro if these thing are worth it. i dont mind to change my main board,PSU,processor,ram etc)

and i DO NOT play games on this PC

any recommendation ?? and why ??. i am not gonna buy high end one as i am student and cheaper always better for me :)

thx :) cheers
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  1. another information...

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week hopefully

    OVERCLOCKING: NO

    budged <300 cheaper is better but i dont mind to spend more.
  2. GTX460 maybe... It's MUCH faster than 9600GT and a really good gaming card (even you don't play games with this card).
  3. The 460 is a good card, but I don't know much about workstation gpu's and what you should get along that line.
  4. thx for answering ...

    i heard a lot people say that "low end workstation card is still better than high end gaming card for 3d modelling , if u dont play games on PC better to get quadro/firepro)

    and i dont play games on this PC

    but im confused because no one talk about GPU for game engines (i searched google already) :??:
  5. I thought you wanted a gpu that can help you use Game Engines, while also allowing you to play/test them out. The UT engine is pretty nice, a gaming card will work fine for such things. The only slugdowns you may get is in maya/3ds max, but it's not as bad as you think.
    With the psu you have, a 460 shouldn't have problems working either.
  6. o well....thx i think i will get 460 as soon as i have time !!! THX

    anyway... 1 more question ...just curious , does workstation card boost the performance in UT engine ??? or this card is good for maya/3dsmax only ???

    sorry bout noob question .. :)
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    elbobo said:
    o well....thx i think i will get 460 as soon as i have time !!! THX

    anyway... 1 more question ...just curious , does workstation card boost the performance in UT engine ??? or this card is good for maya/3dsmax only ???

    sorry bout noob question .. :)

    I never saw an increase from my old quadro in game engines. Maya does show a slight difference, mainly in speeds. Are you going to be building models and randomly spinning them around real fast? Cause then you'd notice.
  8. THX for good information:)

    my problem solved now ... gonna get the card very soon !! :)

    cheers
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