Need a Cheap GPU for 3DS Max and Maya

Hello,
I am in need of a cheap GPU for one of my systems with configuration:
CPU: Intel P4 (2.93GHz, generally run overclocked, upto 3.3GHz).
MotherBoard: MSI G41M-P26
PSU: Corsair VS450
Monitor: Asus 2243FW (22" Full HD).
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit.

I need it to work on 3DS Max/ Maya/ Bryce etc. and require simple rendering work to be done with it. I dont need a gaming GPU. Though I sorted out the cheapest Zotac 210 (ZT-20303-10L) and MSI NVIDIA N520GT-MD2GD3 but dont know that will they work for me or not.
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  1. What is you max budget for the gpu?

    I can't remember - do 3DS/Maya/bryce make use of CUDA (or direct compute)?

    If yes, are the features that are accelerated important to you (will they make a big difference in your normal workflow)?

    if yes then you may want to re-consider a cheaper gaming gpu from e.g. nvidia. Make sure your gfx programs will be able to 'see' your chosen card for cuda/direct compute purposes (some older versions of programs e.g. photoshop required a 'hack' for some cards).
  2. MAYA uses CUDA and [IS] better suited with a nVidia card..
  3. cyberpks said:
    Hello,
    I am in need of a cheap GPU for one of my systems with configuration:
    CPU: Intel P4 (2.93GHz, generally run overclocked, upto 3.3GHz).
    MotherBoard: MSI G41M-P26
    PSU: Corsair VS450
    Monitor: Asus 2243FW (22" Full HD).
    RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit.

    I need it to work on 3DS Max/ Maya/ Bryce etc. and require simple rendering work to be done with it. I dont need a gaming GPU. Though I sorted out the cheapest Zotac 210 (ZT-20303-10L) and MSI NVIDIA N520GT-MD2GD3 but dont know that will they work for me or not.


    I guess both the GPU's have CUDA and both of them fall under the price tag of around $40-$60 USD, and that should be my budget for now as I am planning to upgrade my system in the next 6-8 months and I'll have a good budget at that time for sure, but for now I'll stick to this budget, with my old configuration.
  4. cyberpks said:
    I guess both the GPU's have CUDA and both of them fall under the price tag of around $40-$60 USD, and that should be my budget for now as I am planning to upgrade my system in the next 6-8 months and I'll have a good budget at that time for sure, but for now I'll stick to this budget, with my old configuration.

    you need at least a GT 240 for any progress but also take note that your system IS WAY TOO OLD FOR efficient work-loading
    but those cards you are looking at are just too too weak.
  5. you can go for a gt 640 ( or any kepler gpu)
  6. NO........!

    do not get any KEPLER GPU for computing..
    FERMI PLEASE or the older gen as well.
  7. Ok Guys :(,

    I figured out some more in that price tag, but please don't confuse me, and I really want to keep my budget tight so that I don't have to think of anything while throwing this one out, when I am ready to upgrade my PC. Following are my new search:

    MSI NVIDIA N520GT
    Forsa NVIDIA GeForce GT520 2 GB DDR3

    I don't really need it for gaming, or some hardcore 3d Design. I am an IT student and currently in process of learning 3D Designing, so what I need is some simple, decent performing and CHEAP GPU even if it takes some time to render my graphics. Please Help me in solving this thing.
  8. And Please take a look at this one as well. "PowerColor AMD/ATI Radeon HD6450 1 GB DDR3"
  9. henydiah said:

    works for me....
  10. +1000 - nice find!

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/graphics/display/20110406235438_Nvidia_Quadro_400_for_169_Outperforms_GeForce_GTX_580_by_Five_Times.html

    --> that's customised drivers for you! ......damn, I wish nvidia wouldn't deliberately cripple gaming cards through non-optimised (cad etc) drivers. User comments on the same link do talk about a bios mod for the 580 (mine)....will need to check.......
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