Hello ! I am building a PC for video editing and a lot of 3d Animation work, and I am just wondering - as far as performance goes, I understand that CPU is more important than GPU ? Is that right? And if so, which would be a good card for 100-300$?
For video editing CPU is more important. For 3d animation work, graphics card is more important for working process while CPU is more important for rendering. If you are building machine for 3d animation work, you need a balanced setup of both CPU and GPU. For that price range, I'd recommend this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I supposed you don't play games, so I've chose a card that is very fast for 3d animation work but is very bad for gaming. If you do game, tell me and I'll find something else.
CPU is more important for editing. and depending on the program, an nvidia card may do better due to use of CUDA cores. Amd will reign on easier to manage multiple screens because eyefinity is more evolved on a single card displaying multiple screens compared to Nvidia 3d surround as well as amd cards tend to have more vram usually.
of the Nvidia side in that price range in order to cheapest to most pricey/performance
GTX 550ti, GTX 460, GTX 560, GTX 480, GTX 560ti, GTX 570
on the AMD side
HD 7750, HD7770, HD6850, HD 6870, HD 6950, HD 7850, HD 7870 to some extent
though like i said in the very beginning, CPU is usually more important, as it cuts down encoding time and such.
@above covers the workstations cards.
first thing is the software you are using. adobe products are had a good partnership with nvidia for quite some time.
i would suggest to stay away from low end quadro cards. they are only slower clocked geforce cards with better driver support.
if you want gpu assisted rendering then cuda; particularly femi gpus are the way to go, like 480 of them cores: GeForce GTX 570