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April 20, 2011 10:43:58 PM

I am in the process of building a computer for video editing and need some assistance in choosing the video card. I have been using a Dell Precision T3400 with 8gb ram, a single quad core 2.86 processor, sata os and scracth disks and windows 7 ultimate. The new config will be 32gb ram, dual quad xeon processors 2.33 with 1333 bus, 4 15k sas drives in raid 10 config for os and scratch disk will be configured on an iscsi san with space allocated and spanned across 14 15k sas drives. I am curious as to what type of video card i should get. My budget is around $400. I am using Adobe Master Collection CS5 mostly Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects.
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April 20, 2011 10:59:26 PM

you're setting up 18, 15k sas drives and dual quad xeons and your budget for a workstation card is only $400? this is for video editing, eliminate the unnecessary and add in the relevant. you dont need 15k sas drives, or dual quad xeons. get a couple ssd's and a six core xeon. unless you're working for paramount and rendering a 120 minute movie with professional editing.... you don't need what you listed... it's just over-kill. i mean you're building a $10,000 machine right there and you're limiting yourself to 400 for a workstation card? what type of stuff are you rendering because i would recommend a nvidia quadro 4000+ if you're looking at that type of system. im honestly flabbergasted on how you planned on running this machine and limiting yourself to $400 for video.
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April 20, 2011 11:02:57 PM

I'm the IT manager for a company and we just did a $100k upgrade to our infrastructure. This left me with 2 servers that I could re-purpose. My current workstation is the Precision T3400. It is ok, but slow to render video projects. Since I had the hardware lying around, I thought I could utilize it to build myself a kick ass machine for editing. I don't have a ton of money in my budget since I already blew it all this year, but still need to do something to help with the video projects I have.
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April 20, 2011 11:07:42 PM

Well honestly I would save up a bit 'till you can spend about $800 and get the quadro 4000. anything less is gonna be near useless. What you said makes a lot more sense though. I was blown away at the rest of the machine and your budget for a video card haha. Nvidia Quadro 4000 is the way to go. or higher if you can save up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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April 20, 2011 11:10:14 PM

Great thanks. From everything I read, it seemed as though the Quadro was the way to go. I have a Quadro FX 1700 in my machine now.
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a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2011 11:12:37 PM

I think you mean the Quadro FX 1800 :p  the quadro 4000 would be a crazy nice upgrade, over double the performance.
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April 20, 2011 11:14:36 PM

It lists it in the device manager as the fx 1700, so that is what I was going by.
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April 20, 2011 11:17:30 PM

just looked it up. yeah thats not uh.. thats not very good. haha. the quadro 4000 is as good as it gets. the next step up goes from $800 to $1,800. so yeah there ya go, quadro 4000 is what you want.
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April 21, 2011 12:23:52 AM

How big of a role does the video card play in encoding?
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February 6, 2012 1:11:10 PM

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