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August 3, 2011 10:16:58 AM

Hello,

I'm building a new system and looking for advice as to what GPU I should use. These are the GPU's I have:
-PNY nVidia Quadro FX 1700 512MB
-nVidia 9800GT 1GB

This is what I'm building:
-i7-2600K
-Asus P8Z68-V Pro
-Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1866

I will be using two 24" LCD's

My main use is Photoshop CS5 with Raw files and Lightroom 3.


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August 3, 2011 10:44:16 AM

Wow,

If you are going all out on a beasting new system why cheap out on the GFX card? I would probably recommend the 9800GT from those two because it should be significantly faster and has that extra onboard RAM.

If you get driver issues you might want to swap out if the CAD card is validated for CS5. But REALLY, you should be rockin a much better GPU in that rig.
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a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2011 12:06:12 PM

You should get a 2500K instead of a 2600K, as the performance will be similar (in graphics-heavy situations like yours, they'll be identical when they're throttled by the graphics card) and put the extra $100 toward a better GPU.
Also, get a cheaper motherboard, such as this perfectly good one (P8P67):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's $50 cheaper than the one you picked, so that makes $150 toward a nicer card.

There's no reason to get 1866 RAM. Just get a $125 G. Skill 16gb 1333 set and put another $45 toward the graphics card for $195 total. You won't notice a difference.

So, with $195 plus whatever you're willing to spend (which should be a decent amount, no? You seem to like very expensive parts) you can get a beastin' graphics card. You can put in just $120 over whatever you wanted to spend before and get a 6970.
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August 3, 2011 12:12:21 PM

Yes, guilty of buying expensive parts, I do this because I believe in future proofing, I know there are so many variables.

So is the nVidia 9800GT 1GB just not worth it for this system, any particular recommendations?
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a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2011 12:16:58 PM

I see that your productivity is probably increased more with the CPU, and if you are doing lots of transcoding then the fast RAM might help too, but only if its coupled with an SSD. Otherwise you will just be waiting for the hard disk to read/write all the time.

Agreeing with kajabla though if you are running graphics intensive workloads on a multi-monitor (1920x1080 at a guess per 24" monitor) setup you really will benefit by saving on the MOBO (same brand, and are you really going to OC a work rig? if not why bother with the pricey one?)

Where I disagree with ^ is that you should probably choose an NVIDIA card for photoshop work as it has many functions that are accelerated with CUDA.

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



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August 3, 2011 1:23:48 PM

I do have a SSD, so you believe I'll be okay with my nVidia 9800GT 1GB?
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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 8:59:21 AM

At least it is CUDA capable and has a pretty strong performance. (it was best in class for its time).

It will definitely run fine, but I suppose I am just thinking that with so much "horsepower" it is the weak link in the system. You have a race horse and then are putting a slightly overweight jockey on it's back and telling it to go fast.

I am sure however that you will be pleased with the performance of your system.
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