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Need Advice - VGA for 3DS MAX 2010 - Budget 300$

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February 27, 2013 12:01:53 AM

Hello everyone,

I'm getting a new pc this week, and I'm not very familiar with the specifications needed or parts types. Anyways, this is how its going to be,

CPU core i7 3770
Intel Original 77 (something like this)
Rams: 16/32 GB

I'll be working on "3DS MAX (vray)", most probably 2009 or 2010 (because i heard that newer versions depend more on the GPU and the vga cards will cost more, I would work on newer versions like 2012 or 2013 if I find an affordable card). I've read about a hundred thread and I'm really confused. I don't know which vga card should I go for. I can't pay more than 250-300$ for the vga. Can anyone help me with this?

By the way, Is any of these cards suitable?
-Gtx 650 ddr5 2GB
-ATI radeon HD6570 2GB
-Gtx 660 ddr5 2GB
-GT 440 ddr3 4GB


Thanks in advance.
February 27, 2013 12:11:49 AM

Invest in a Firepro or a Quadro. The more money you put the smoother and faster the results.

This is good on a budget, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you have an extra 100$ I highly recommend this: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-DisplayPort-Profesional-Graph...

The Quadro 2000 is the best value oriented professional graphics card for 3D work, it will serve you for a long time and you'll get the best bang out of your buck by investing in it :) 

It all depends on how many monitors are you running, whether are you working in modelling, fluids simulations etc..
This question can't be answered urgently you have to research what's good for your needs before you buy something. But the cards I suggested above are kind of a safe bet.

Plus, I should mention by buying a Quadro card you always have the option to buy a Tesla card to add to it later and make it a beast machine. The 2 cards will actually work together to give you incredible results.
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February 27, 2013 12:19:11 AM

XYMan said:
Invest in a Firepro or a Quadro. The more money you put the smoother and faster the results.

This is good on a budget, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or this http://www.amazon.com/PNY-DisplayPort-Profesional-Graph...

It all depends on how many monitors are you running, whether are you working in modelling, fluids simulations etc..
This question can't be answered urgently you have to research what's good for your needs before you buy something. But the cards I suggested above are kind of a safe bet.


I'm an interior design student, and I believe I won't be having big scenes for now. I just need a card which gives me a good and fast result for my textures in vray 2.
And I use 1 monitor only.
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February 27, 2013 12:39:28 AM

Btw guys, Do you recommend any of these cards?

-Asus Radeon HD7870-DC2-2GD5 2GB GDDR5 (Sapphire also available)
-Asus Radeon HD7850-DC2-2GD5 2GB GDDR5 (Sapphire also available)
-Sapphire Radeon HD6850 2GB GDDR5 Eyefinity
-Sapphire Radeon HD6570 4GB DDR3
-MSI GeForce N660-2GD5/OC GTX 660 2GB DDR5 OC Edition
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February 27, 2013 12:57:36 AM

GeminiPrince said:
I'm an interior design student, and I believe I won't be having big scenes for now. I just need a card which gives me a good and fast result for my textures in vray 2.
And I use 1 monitor only.


Then you're left with the entry level cards which are recommended by Autodesk themselves: The Quadro 600 or the FirePro V4900.

You can find the Quadro 600 here: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-DisplayPort-Profesional-Graph...
And the FirePro V4900 here: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-DisplayPort-Profesional-Graph...

They're pretty much the same price, just read the reviews, see which card you're more comfortable with and go for it. It's pretty simple when it comes to these cards, they don't produce much of them like they do with the GeForce and the HD series so you're pretty much will have to know which one to pick for your needs.

Quick tip, you can always buy another one of these cards when you get more money and have the 2 of them run together.
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February 27, 2013 12:59:35 AM

GeminiPrince said:
Btw guys, Do you recommend any of these cards?

-Asus Radeon HD7870-DC2-2GD5 2GB GDDR5 (Sapphire also available)
-Asus Radeon HD7850-DC2-2GD5 2GB GDDR5 (Sapphire also available)
-Sapphire Radeon HD6850 2GB GDDR5 Eyefinity
-Sapphire Radeon HD6570 4GB DDR3
-MSI GeForce N660-2GD5/OC GTX 660 2GB DDR5 OC Edition


These are gaming cards, they're pretty decent for editing work if it's just a hobby, but if time is a factor these cards are useless in the 3D and VFX world.
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February 27, 2013 11:54:38 AM

Thanks buddy, I'll keep that in mind. I think i'll go for a firepro. I prefer amd.
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February 27, 2013 12:16:12 PM

GeminiPrince said:
Thanks buddy, I'll keep that in mind. I think i'll go for a firepro. I prefer amd.


Glad I helped :) 
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