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What Graphics card would you recommend for my situation?

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July 13, 2011 2:49:01 AM

I was wondering which Graphics card would be sufficient and increase my performance (but not overkill) for my personal needs.
The applications I use are Adobe Premier 5.5, AE 5.5, Photoshop 5.5, and Solid works. I'm not looking for something that's completely hardcore since I'm not looking to spend TONS of money, but I am just wondering what would be a good graphics/video card to increase my performance.

My current CPU is an AMD Athlon II x4 620 with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD.

Please any suggestions will be of great help. Thanks!
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July 13, 2011 3:15:27 AM

We need a bit more information can you tell us what psu you have? Right now I would recommend a 5570/6 or a 6670. Each cards is quite low end ,but I am sure they will be good enough.
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July 13, 2011 5:02:19 AM

Halleycurtis said:
I was wondering which Graphics card would be sufficient and increase my performance (but not overkill) for my personal needs.
The applications I use are Adobe Premier 5.5, AE 5.5, Photoshop 5.5, and Solid works. I'm not looking for something that's completely hardcore since I'm not looking to spend TONS of money, but I am just wondering what would be a good graphics/video card to increase my performance.

My current CPU is an AMD Athlon II x4 620 with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD.

Please any suggestions will be of great help. Thanks!


Those versions of The software do not support graphics hardware acceleration they are just too old

I use the 5.0 photo shop.
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July 13, 2011 5:20:23 AM

Cs 5.5 was just released...
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July 13, 2011 5:35:48 AM

Sorry I still do not see where you mentioned that....out of the loop but Photoshop does not support Hardware accel until after v6.5 ?
I have Photoshop 5.5 and it does not help
If im missing something and I am (obviously) only Nvidia is supported
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July 13, 2011 5:44:10 AM

Well my concern is that adobe recommends to have 12GB RAM and also recommends an Nvidia Quadr type of graphics card for CS5.5. Right now I have an Nvidia Geforce 9100 graphics card and only 8GB RAM.

Will this be sufficient for rendering 3D models in solid works and rendering in AE?
Some if the Nvidia Quadr cards are very powerful and much too expensivefor me at this point. Which Nvidia card will increase my performance in such programs without breaking the bank?
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July 13, 2011 5:53:03 AM

Try a midrange regular Nvidia card. 450 GTS or < 550ti
if acceleration is enabled this will shorten rendering drasticly.
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July 13, 2011 6:00:13 AM

Thanks for the tip! I have a hard time grasping video cards for some reason, what do you look for in a graphics card?
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July 13, 2011 6:14:10 AM

Halleycurtis said:
Thanks for the tip! I have a hard time grasping video cards for some reason, what do you look for in a graphics card?


If I can afford it, although I do play games so and watch movies a lot using my PC so Audio bitstreaming was important for me.

I like that I have multiple monitor support but I never use it, price vs performance for me since I have a ton of kids and very little time to game.


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July 13, 2011 6:20:25 AM

Thanks.

Anyone know specifically?

Any advice or input would be very appreciated!
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July 13, 2011 4:13:55 PM

He has CS 5.5 that was released recently, not 5.5 which came out for Windows 95. Anyway photoshop can use Open GL and CUDA to accelerate some things (like scaling and rotation) if you have a plugin for it. You may want to read this article for more info

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/adobe-cs5-cuda-64-b...

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July 13, 2011 7:00:06 PM

Thanks for the link megamanx00!

I was looking at the GTX 460 or the Quadro 600 graphics card,
any thoughts?

Thanks!
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July 13, 2011 7:29:52 PM

My thoughts? Well, it's that a 460 is overkill for that application, but then in the test setup for the link I sent you they use a GTX 480 ^_^. The Quadro is more for 3d modeling and of course a big reason it costs so much more than it's desktop counterpart (a GT 240 or 430 about) is for the support. If you're going to spend a most of time in solid works then you may want to look at a quadro 2000, but otherwise I think the extra CUDA processing of the 460 would be appreciated in adobe CS 5.5.

The GTX 460 is at a good price right now so go for the 1GB version, though I guess the 768 version is fine too if you want to save a few bucks :D . Just stay away from the cut down SE version.
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July 13, 2011 9:59:43 PM

Thanks for the input,
but how would it be overkill for a 3d program like solidworks, but not for CS5.5?

Will it be overkill for 3ds Max?

Thanks, again!
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July 14, 2011 3:49:39 PM

I meant overkill for CS5.5 not solidworks. I don't think you can have overkill for solidworks if you do high poly models ^_^
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July 24, 2011 5:44:21 AM

Best answer selected by Halleycurtis.
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July 24, 2011 5:48:12 AM

Why do you recommend staying away from the SE version?
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July 24, 2011 12:20:56 PM

The SE version has less CUDA cores and slightly lower clock speeds, making it the weaker card.
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July 24, 2011 2:55:02 PM

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