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Graphics card for video editing?

hi. i'm putting together my first PC build. the computer will mainly be used for video editing and i won't be doing any gaming at all. my build is coming up to around $1100.

i was planning on skimping on the video card (spending in the $80 range), because i had thought that it wasn't that important. as long as it can play back the video it should be fine, i have a fast processor and a lot of ram for the encoding, right?

well i've been reading and everyone tells you to buy a really high end video card for NLE, but no one really explains why. on some example NLE builds that i see, it is the most expensive component. i don't see the advantage, but if there is one, i don't one to have a bottleneck in my system.

so here are my questions:
what is the advantage of a good video card? why would it be better to spend $200 more on a video card, when i could spend that on a faster processor and more ram? any recommendations for a video card?


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    The advantage is that the GPU can off-load some of the processing tasks from the CPU thereby SIGNIFICANTLY reducing rendering tasks/times. See below for info:
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