So, which video card should I get for the HD editing set up?

this build is mainly for editing video in adobe preimere pro and some mild gaming (prolly CS:GO when it comes out this summer)

GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)


CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W


Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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  1. Seems that you're not a budget builder.....i would recommend you anything above 6850 and gtx 560ti......more than enough for adobe works and Great for Gaming
  2. I found the 6870 to be a good bang for the buck they also work good in CF. However, I have always run CF and almost across the board it is more trouble then its worth. I like my 6950's and you can always reflash to 6970.
  3. 6870 seems like the way to go but, would I be better off getting an nVidea card with CUDA since I'll be spending time in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 a lot? or does that not make a big difference?
  4. From my research if you do plan on using CS6 alot you probably should go with a Nvidia. Its true that price per dollar amd is better; however, Nvidia still makes more powerful cards for the most part. The difference is often small but still there. Here is what I found.

    This article states some stuff about how adobe is trying to work amd into the mercury playback realm, but when it will be done and how efficient is up in the air.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/164743/AMD-and-Adobe-Creative-Suite-6-Innovate-With-OpenCL-and-GPU-Acceleration.html

    This article talks about the same thing as the last but points out the when and how good and basically says Nvidia is still better
    http://icrontic.com/article/adobe-premiere-pro-cs6-and-the-amd-gpu-support-conundrum


    This article discusses CUDA in depth in terms of what it does and doesnt do the benififts ETC.
    http://blogs.adobe.com/premiereprotraining/2011/02/cuda-mercury-playback-engine-and-adobe-premiere-pro.html

    What I couldnt find is how much faster CUDA is quantitatively compared to none CUDA, but that last article says that CUDA will sometimes result in better quality.

    Basically you should do some research you would be rolling the dice a bit by going with an AMD. The advantages of CUDA might not matter much for you based on what your doing or your patience. Also a good overclocked CPU will help pick up the slack.

    In any case, I would probably say go with Nvidia.
    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
    That link shows the stats for many cards and the 560 ti or gtx 480 are good buys. However, alot of people say the 480 runs hot so I would say if 200 is your price range go with the 560 ti. But dont take my word do your research.
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