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Best Graphic Card for gaming as well as animation?

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August 24, 2011 10:49:32 AM

Hello,
I'm currently enrolled in a BA program of animation and I'm interested in game design as well as playing them myself.I'm looking for a "value for money" graphics card and I know a very little about them.As I'm on a budget,some people have recommended me nVIDIA Quadro FX 580 which they say is good at rendering times and works smooth with Maya and Max.But when I did the research
,it disappointed me in terms of gaming.I'd want a card that is ACTUALLY capable of running Modern Warfare 2 at a playable fps.My current (the newest I bought) pc is a Dell Inspiron 620s with Core i3,3 GB RAM & 500 GB HDD.Can you suggest a suitable Graphic Card according to my needs? Please take note again that I'll be needing it for professional use (game engine) also.My budget is around $200.Also,most of the graphics cards are priced double the original price,in India.I will be preferring an nVIDIA card only.
Thanks in advance.
September 1, 2011 1:03:27 AM

Ok, well the best card you can get for your budget ($200, in US dollars, that is also an NVIDIA card) is the NVIDIA GeForce 560Ti, priced at $217 US. If cards there are double or something, the best one u can get for $100 US would be GeForce GTS 450 at $110 US (also NVIDIA). Now if you want to take a look at these benchmarks yourself, heres the link:

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

All the prices are on the very right and all in US dollars. Hope this helps!
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September 1, 2011 7:36:38 AM

So are u putting a new card in the Dell Inspiron?
Then we need to know what motherboard is in it so we can make sure u can put certain vid cards in it.
Also, can u research and tell u if Maya and Max are GPU or CPU based renderers?
My renderer is different, KeyShot, and is CPU based.

With these two answers and your budget we can figure this out.
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