New video card.
Posted 15 May 2009 - 11:29 PM
Posted 16 May 2009 - 11:41 AM
That being said, since money is not an issue, nVidia makes a line of professional workstation graphics cards call Quadro. While nVidia Quadro's are comparable to the GeForce series (which are designed solely for gaming), they are more expensive because they are more solidly built and designed specifically for workstation graphics (such as CAD and 3D modeling). For example while a GeForce GTX 280 is comparable to a Quadro FX 4800, the GeForce costs $260-$300 while the Quadro FX costs $1300-$1500.
Tom's Hardware does a very nice comparison of those two units:
At any rate, if money isn't an issue, then for workstation graphics you want an nVidia Quadro FX. They are specifically designed for exactly what you need. A mid-range card should be PLENTY for what you want, but it all comes down to how much you want to spend. If you can spend the extra money, then go for a better card! Here's the nVidia Quadro homepage with a listing of their different cards:
Once you know the specific card you want, just go to Google and type "Buy nVidia Quadro FX ####" (insert the specific model number in place of ####). Google does a great job of searching online retailers for you, and will bring up shopping results.
Just as an idea:
Mid-Range: nVidia Quadro FX 1700 = $300-$700
High-End: nVidia Quadro FX 3700 = $600-$1000
Super-High-End: nVidia Quadro FX 5800 = $3000 - $4000
For example, on my laptop I have a Quadro NVS 140 (costed about $250 for the laptop variety, and it runs AutoCAD great at 1200 x 800). An FX 1700 will blow my NVS 140 out of the water.
Edited by nofun, 16 May 2009 - 11:45 AM.
Posted 16 May 2009 - 01:10 PM
EVGA X58 SLI Classified Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3, RAID, Hyperthreading
What do you recommend I add to it besides the video card. I already have the core i7 processor and ram. What should i use the other 3 pci express slots for?
Will I be able to play 1080p hd movies through the workstation graphics card?
Edited by aquevedo831, 16 May 2009 - 01:36 PM.
Posted 16 May 2009 - 01:45 PM
What about a nice sound card to go with those HD movies?
What do you recommend I add to it besides the video card.
Sound card: ASUS Xonar HDAV
Cheaper: ASUS Xonar DX
Make Your Computer Wireless: Wireless Adapters I would recommend a pci card, not usb.
And their are all kinds of internal add-on cards to provide more usb ports, sata, firewire, etc. Add-Ons Link
Doing a RAID Configuration may be something to consider, but I don't know much about that yet, maybe nofun can elaborate on that.
Also, there are all kinds of other "extras" you can do. Lights, Heatsinks, Extra Cooling(fans), Bay Devices i.e. Fan Controllers, Media Bays, Blu-Ray Burners, etc.
Hope that helps,
Posted 16 May 2009 - 01:58 PM
Posted 16 May 2009 - 02:58 PM
Compare your board to this one: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P It has 2 less SATA Ports, only 1 Ethernet port, 4 less USB ports. HOWEVER, more importantly it has the same: north and south bridge, RAID Capable, offers 2way/3way SLI, same amount and speed of memory (24GB), and many other similarities for only $260. Keep in mind, I'm unaware if you need 2 more SATA ports, 2 Ethernet ports, tons of USB ports. Just a thought.
Posted 16 May 2009 - 03:07 PM
Should i get the evga board or get the gigabyte board and a dedicated sound card. I have an onkyo 7.1 surround sound system. I am not only an audiophile. I am an everythingphile haha. I only like having the best
Posted 16 May 2009 - 03:18 PM
Posted 16 May 2009 - 05:10 PM
I know what you mean, half of what I have picked out for my i7 build is for looks and other small things, rather than just pure performance.
I don't really need those extras but I really like the evga board
Just stick with the evga board.
my ps3 is then connected to my hd receiver via hmdi which then plays my sound.
What case are you going with? What RAM do you have picked out? (CAD programs will be high demanding in this area) What about hard drives? Do you want or need help in any of those areas?
Let me know,
Posted 16 May 2009 - 07:00 PM
Just as clarification, the Quadro cards are very high quality and are designed for use in professional applications. The question you need to ask yourself is how much CAD or modeling work will you use this computer for. Quadro cards are designed to be used day in and day out, 24/7/365. They are more robust and are equipped with drivers specifically tailored to every major modeling software. They are built to professional standards because professionals expect them to run day-in and day-out without so much as a hiccup. However, they are a LOT more expensive.
With a standard graphics card, you can get much more bang for your buck. For example, this GeForce GTX 260 will give you all the HD output and all the power you'll ever need for CAD, for under $200. The difference is that it is optimized for gaming, and priced for gamers (who look for the most power for the least money). If you take the time to tweak the GeForce drivers (using RivaTuner or similar) you can get them to emulate Quadro performance in CAD or modeling software. What you sacrifice is quality. So that's really what you need to ask yourself. Are you going to be using CAD day-in and day-out for business, or is it only going to be an occasional thing?
If you're using this computer in a professional setting, spend the extra money and get the Quadro. If this is for at-home use, a standard graphics card will give you much more power for your money. A GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 should be PLENTY of power for what you want (and both cost less than $200).
Sorry for the wall of text, just think about it before you go blowing $500 on a GPU!
Edited by nofun, 16 May 2009 - 07:01 PM.
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