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A good video card for GPU programming and gaming ~ $250?

I need a good video card for two purposes:
1. 3D modeling using the GPU
2. Possible gaming in the future

1 to 2 screens: 1920 x 1200 (maybe 2560 x 1600)
Budget < $300

Most of the GPU programming is done using CUDA. Does this mean I shouldn't look at Radeon cards with AMD chips?
Is it true that GeForce cards run hotter than Radeon?

Thanks
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  1. Can you give us more system specs, specially your psu ?
  2. A PSU does not determine a graphics card, although the PSU power will limit which graphics card it can power.
    Please assume that I will get a powerful and good enough PSU to power the graphics card.
    The CPU = i7-3770k
    Case will be big enough with good airflow and cooling.
    Mobo likely ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
  3. At $250, I would say GTX 560 ti. Newegg has several models for less than $250.
  4. "A PSU does not determine a graphics card, although the PSU power will limit which graphics card it can power"

    Thank you for this wise lesson master Yoda. :sarcastic:


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127682

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
  5. Thanks robjordy. I didn't mean to be condescending, but I do like your reponse :)
    I would select it as best answer if you can also answer my other questions in my original post.
  6. Best answer
    Lol.

    Just being grumpy old me :na:

    As i understand it cuda cores are better for programming and stuff so yeah go for nvidia imo.

    They do get a little bit warmer indeed, specially with the 4xx series, i think with 5xx and 6xx it's less of a problem. My overclocked 560ti does 69 under full load, 39 idle.
  7. Best answer selected by PC420.
  8. PC420 said:
    I need a good video card for two purposes:
    1. 3D modeling using the GPU
    2. Possible gaming in the future

    1 to 2 screens: 1920 x 1200 (maybe 2560 x 1600)
    Budget < $300

    Most of the GPU programming is done using CUDA. Does this mean I shouldn't look at Radeon cards with AMD chips?
    Is it true that GeForce cards run hotter than Radeon?

    Thanks


    Assuming you have the PSU to power it, I'd strongly recommend the 2.5GB GTX 570. The 570 is officially certified for CUDA applications (specifically Adobe) without any driver hacks and the extra memory will help in both the 3D modeling and multi-monitor configurations.

    It comes in right at $300 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130687
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