Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Closed

Best Video Card under $500 for Graphic Design & 3D Modeling

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
February 19, 2012 5:07:25 AM

So I do a lot of work in programs like Photoshop and After Effects, and I do 3D modeling/animation in Cinema 4D. Right now, I have a 6850 and it's fine for gaming, but it's just barely acceptable in my opinion for playback in those programs. It lags a lot and frequently says "not responding". I know it's my graphics card as I have an i7-2600k and 16 gigs of ram. So with this is mind which card should I get? Should I get a workstation or regular desktop card? Also I don't have a preference on AMD or Nvidia as none of the programs benefit from CUDA. The graphic design and 3d work comes first; gaming comes second. And yes I realize this won't benefit my render times; those are fine, I just want smoother & quicker playback.

Here's the card I had in mind: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 92 U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 5:27:15 AM

Im pretty sure both photoshop and aftereffects have some cuda support but Im not 100%.
Score
0
February 19, 2012 5:38:20 AM

esrever said:
Im pretty sure both photoshop and aftereffects have some cuda support but Im not 100%.
I think it's only certain plug-ins, but I'm not 100% sure either haha
Score
0
Related resources

Best solution

a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 5:38:44 AM

It is my understanding that Adobe programs love CUDA, but I could be mistaken. For such apps, most recommend the highest Nvidia Quadro card the budget will allow. I know the 4000 is particularly popular on the PC and Mac Pro. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

For combo usage machines that would include gaming, most recommend a Nvidia GTX 570 with double memory like this one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Share
February 19, 2012 6:01:38 AM

tlmck said:
It is my understanding that Adobe programs love CUDA, but I could be mistaken. For such apps, most recommend the highest Nvidia Quadro card the budget will allow. I know the 4000 is particularly popular on the PC and Mac Pro. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

For combo usage machines that would include gaming, most recommend a Nvidia GTX 570 with double memory like this one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I also forgot to mention that my psu is 650w. Here is the exact model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... So how would the GTX 560 Ti 448 cores compare to the GTX 570?
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 6:16:07 AM

The 570 is faster, plus the extra ram helps with storing textures and such.
Score
0
February 19, 2012 6:22:09 AM

tlmck said:
The 570 is faster, plus the extra ram helps with storing textures and such.
Is the extra ram worth the extra $100 though? I'm referring to the 1gb version of the 570...
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 6:30:35 AM

yougotjaked said:
Is the extra ram worth the extra $100 though? I'm referring to the 1gb version of the 570...


Again, for the video editing and such, yes. Gaming no. Plus the card is still way under your budget so what is the issue?
Score
0
February 19, 2012 6:35:44 AM

tlmck said:
Again, for the video editing and such, yes. Gaming no. Plus the card is still way under your budget so what is the issue?
I just don't want to spend an extra $100 on something that won't be that beneficial. Also, do you think I should just wait until the GTX 600 series cards come out?
Score
0
a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 7:07:40 AM

Typically you have to wait 2 or three generations for there to be significant improvement in tech so no I would not wait. Supposedly the next gen Nvidia will be much like the AMD 7000 series cards which are already out. The only real advantage seems to be the same speed at less power usage.
Score
0
February 19, 2012 7:09:45 AM

tlmck said:
Typically you have to wait 2 or three generations for there to be significant improvement in tech so no I would not wait. Supposedly the next gen Nvidia will be much like the AMD 7000 series cards which are already out. The only real advantage seems to be the same speed at less power usage.
Ok thanks :) 
Score
0
February 19, 2012 8:35:01 PM

Best answer selected by yougotjaked.
Score
0
a c 271 U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 11:14:54 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
Score
0
!