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January 9, 2012 6:25:05 PM

Hi, and thank you in advance for any advice or help you may give me.

I am currently an exhibit designer, and in the process of completing a new rig for work at home. My preferred program is 3ds Max.

Currently my machine at home is in some major need of over haul, so much to the point, that it is apparent I need to just start completely from scratch.

Currently this is what my machine will be equipped with.

- Intel BOXDZ68BC LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

- OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

- Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

- CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

Eventually I will upgrade my memory to max out my mother board at 32GB

But my question is this. I understand that the graphics card does not really help with the rendering process but instead helps with the viewing of the view ports while modeling. If I am looking at spending no more then $400, what would you suggest?

Please also keep in mind I will be doing some gaming on this machine as well, since this is more for personal use...I.E personal models, gaming...but it will be used when I work from home from time to time.

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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2012 6:32:07 PM

This card will meet your needs all for under 270.

SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This card will also meet your needs for about the same price if you are an Nvidia guy:
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2012 6:51:30 PM

I think it's overkill. both performance-wise and price-wise.
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January 9, 2012 7:06:28 PM

Thanks for your help! really you have no idea how helpful it is to get a straight answer!

One more question and I'll let this rest.

My one worry with my machine, is making sure all the components are compatible. Are the graphics cards you suggested compatible with my motherboard/cpu etc?
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2012 7:08:57 PM

yes. No problem with compatibility.

One thing you have to do is check the video card's length (see the specs) and compare that to the maximum length for video cards supported by your pc case. These are big cards, and might not fit lengthwise into more cramped cases.
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January 9, 2012 7:34:50 PM

Thank you again I really am appreciative!
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2012 7:37:43 PM

No problem. My pleasure to help.
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2012 7:40:16 PM

Get an Nvidia card if you're using 3DS Max - that program is compatible with CUDA architecture.

What is your screen resolution for gaming? A GTX 560Ti will work great at 1080p and lower.
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2012 7:57:25 PM

From Autodesk's website:

"Some features of 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design 2012 are enabled only when used with graphics hardware that supports Shader Model 3.0 (Pixel Shader and Vertex Shader 3.0). In addition, Quicksilver hardware rendering requires additional GPU resources to work effectively. A minimum of 512 MB of graphics memory should be used. A minimum of 1 GB is recommended for the most complex scenes, shaders, and lighting modes. The integrated iray® rendering technology from mental images runs well on CPU processing alone but can be accelerated by NVIDIA GPU CUDA technology."
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2012 8:00:41 PM

Good to know about the CUDA support. That definitely tilts the recommendation in the favor of getting an NVIDIA based card.
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January 9, 2012 8:53:34 PM

So you are saying go with

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or is there another card you would recommend?

I'm sorry but telling me about the specific specifications always seems to just confuse me, even though I am slowly starting to understand it.
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a b U Graphics card
January 9, 2012 9:08:34 PM

Yes. I would get the MSI card over the Sapphire card specifically because it is supported by 3ds max for 3D acceleration. The Sapphire card would be excellent also, but the MSI card ha the edge.
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 2:40:22 PM

i3lind said:
So you are saying go with

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or is there another card you would recommend?

I'm sorry but telling me about the specific specifications always seems to just confuse me, even though I am slowly starting to understand it.

Yes, that one's great at the Newegg price, and has a fantastic cooler. If you want to save a few bucks get this one from EVGA.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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