I have a build selected and getting ready to buy it, I was going to wait on graphics card but I changed my mind, I'll just put it together all at once. :-)
I admittedly have not done a lot of research on GPUs like I have all the other parts. Mainly because I'm not a huge PC gamer, but I'll probably play some. I know that I would like to get an Nvidia card because it has CUDA and I'll be able to use it for 3D modeling and rendering that I do (don't do animation though, just some product designs). -
With the Nvidia in mind, which card would you suggest? I don't need the latest/greatest but want to get a good one, and budget for it is $300-$500. Thank you! -Brandon
The Nvidia brands to go for are ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. Between these manufacturers there isn't really much difference, all perform similarly. I go for MSI personally because they tend to overbuild there cards (especially the Hawk and Lightning editions), but either of the other would be fine.
EVGA is another big manufacturer, but I avoid them due to their reference design cooling.
You could run this system on 450W. I just usually recommend a 550W supply for the extra headroom. The supply you picked is good quality, should be fine.
The amount of VRAM is only a factor when you are gaming across multiple monitors or at a large resolution. For a single 1080p screen, 2GB is plenty.