It says it must be AMD Phenom Black edition or higher 2gb direct x 11 video card. I admit I am a rookie when it comes to knowledge about the new video boards out there. I am hoping I can work with this new CG program I have, so thought I would give it a go and see what cards were out there. When I started seeing prices anywhere from $400 to $1500, I thought I had better seek out some expert advice. I will not be using it for games so I am not about the speed being super fast or anything on refresh rate.
So looks like you don't "need" a 2 gig card, that's recommended specs. You probably also want a pro level card like a Quadro or a FireGL. You have a good RAM amount for rendering (as long as you have a 64 bit system, the CPU could use a bit of an upgrade, and for a card, you'll need to spend $200+ if you want to set up the computer to run properly with any pro graphics program. You don't need a pro card to run it, but it won't be "certified" unless you do.
Well, I have the 64 bit, windows 7 pro. system running so I got that part down anyway. Any recommendation on a CPU upgrade.
The program I am attempting to run is Mach Studio PRO. It is about a 4 grand program, and they just started offering it as free ware. From what could gather from the tuts and illustrations, it looks like it can be a good program. The company had some long winded reason for why they decided to give it away.
If you would like the address to download it, let me know and I will send it to you. It is pretty large as compressed it is 504 megs.
Well, if you just want to learn how to use Mach Studio PRO, then a gaming card would be enough instead of having to buy a workstation video card. However, it seems the program will rely on the video card for some of rendering. Therefore, the question is how much money are you willing to spend.
The HD 5450 I recommend would work with the program, but it's graphics processing ability is rather limited so your rending time will be slow. While a DX11 video card with 2GB of RAM is recommended, you can get away with 1GB. So it basically goes back to how much money are you willing to spend?
As for a CPU recommendation, the easy answer would be the Core i5-2500k. But it all depends on your budget.