videocard help...

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  1. L-B-Z

    L-B-Z New Member

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    sup guys.I,m a digital painter but i happen to not know alot about whats under the hood of my computer.I need to upgrade my system so i want to get some more ram and a new videocard.i guess the videocard is pretty elementary but i know shit about videocards.

    I have an hp a1700n desktop.
    i want to spend under 200 on it if possible.what is the best card i can get for that price.pretty much i just want my system to move faster when i am running flash,pscs3,ilcs3,3-d max,etc.

    Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5K2/2G - Retail

    this is the ram i am getting.is it good enough?

    thanx in advance to anyone that can help.
     
  2. Chris

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    Well, to help you find the best vid card for you it would help if you told us what you use your computer for.

    Also that RAM would be fine
     
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    oh well i,m a digital painter.I do enviormental art for videogames.up until like last month i worked on site but now that i work from home,i need my system to perform like the one at the office.I run painter,flash,photoshop and 3-d max mostly and it slows down pretty bad sometimes.
     
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    anyone?
     
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    I don't know much about the ATI side of the story, but as far as nVidia, get what you can afford.

    What I hear is 8800GT > 9600GT > 8600GT. Or you could wait a few months till new shit comes out and get it or get these when (if) prices drop.

    Either way, I assume your going to be using it for quite some time so its really just what your budget says. I don't know how heavily those apps you use would really require too much in the way of GPU power though. Any 8xxx or 9xxx card would probably be a significant upgrade from what you currently have.
     
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    I believe gaming cards will do fine, but I do hear that OpenGL or workstation graphics cards are better for 3d max.
    http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=449&name=Workstation-Graphics

    That Kingston is generic ram. I haven't checked the prices for DDR2 667, but you could try one with a much lower cas latency. lower cas latency = less time to fetch data.

    for the things you do,.... consider a quad core in your future upgrade. this is where quads kicks ass.
     
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    thanx alot guys.i really appreciate the help.
     
  9. CodeX

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    Do you normally render 3DS max scenes that take multiple hours to finish? If you do get a professional graphics card like the nVidia Quadro line...

    If not a gaming card will work just fine

    This thing is a beast: http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadroplex.html
     

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