well i believe im going to order a GPU today, since when i went to move my cpu,HDD and optical drive over to my new case i realized i have no onboard video on my mobo -.- WTF.. i dont game much but i do render stuff, play with autocad/ 3D and video/photoshop ALOT... ive thought about running SLI/Xfire but my price range is no more than $300 bucks, beem looking at the asus 6950 2gb, looks like it would hold up well... havent really looked into nvidia much. if anyone has any input please let me know. will prolly order in the next couple hours.
You don't need such a powerful gpu if you aren't going to game but it is still a powerhouse to have.
if you just want something more powerful than your onboard gpu, even a cheap $30 chip is enough but for CAD and such I would suggest going nvidia.
Nvidia offers CUDA which is much supported in CAD, AMD's competing technology, AMD Stream, is not. CUDA allows for better gpu utilization in such application where supported.
For the same price as a 6950 you can get a 560 ti which is within your budge. If you wish to cut down your budget because you don't need the extra power, you should try for a gts450 for cheap. More power gpu will help a bit more but not by extreme amounts unless your software is very gpu dependent.
Yes the GTX 560 ti is recommended. now if you went with a low end card you might as well SLI. like two GTS 450's would look cool but trust me i have two GTX 560 ti's in SLI and its a hot box unless you can get the heat off for a second then the temps drop back to idle
so which one would you buys get? i dont really game much, i have BF3 for pc but cant play it right now, i will mess around with alot of applications, but if i buy the firepro and ever want to game then id be out of luck? would the 6950 but just as good in applications?