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Consumer or Professional for Maya 2012

Hi, I have just recently upgraded my pc that I purchased about 9 months ago to make it more friendly for 3d modeling and rendering software


Software I intend to use by order of Importance:
Maya 2012
Mudbox 2012
Adobe CS 5
Some Gaming, though I do have an Xbox 360 and a PS3 so this isnt that big of a deal

Current GPU: Radeon HD 5770

PC so far
AMD Phenom 1100T six core processor
Cooler Master HAF X case
4 Gigs of ddr 3 (12800) memory though I will upgrade this
TB hard drive ( will upgrade to OCZ ssd drive)
DVD Burner
hec XP1080 1080W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V / EPS12V CrossFire & SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ...
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Preferred Website: Newegg

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

My budget is 600 dollars or less (but if quadro 4000 is my only option then so be it)

I am looking for a graphics card that can run the afformentioned software with little to no difficulty. I am however new to Maya 2012 and Mudbox 2012 so I am not sure what exactly will work best, but I do know my HD 5770 sucks for both programs.

Any suggestions you guys have will be greatly appreciated. I read in one of the forum posts here that the processor plays a big role and that AMD works pretty good with Maya so I think I am okay there.

I also read here that Maya only uses the cpu when the GPU cores has reached its limit or the image is so big the card cant handle it. So now I am just confused lol.

I will also be rendering as well. Any help you guys can provide would be extremely helpful. My questions are, could I get away with a GTX 580 with 3GBs of ram? Could I go for a Firepro V5900 with what I am looking to do? Or do I have to go for the quadro 4000?

I kinda feel like the quadro 2000 is kinda disrespectful to the HAF X but if thats what you guys suggest, then it will get over it :D

I thank you guys for your help.
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    Mudbox is certified with Quadro cards or firePro cards.

    Pick up a quadro. The higher the number the better. Depends on your budget. The 4000 costs $800 and would do a heck of a job for you, but if you're looking at $600, you could get the 2000 at $450. It's still a certified card with mudbox.

    If you can save a little more for the 4000, I'd do it.
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