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Old February 20, 2010, 03:09 AM
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I need a card that is cheap but able to hold its own against photoshop and 3ds. I substantially underestimated the difficulty of choosing such a card. With the higher end stuff, it's just what you can afford, but when there is actually a budget in place and price:performance plays a more significant role, the choice is not so clear.

Please help My budget is ~$100, definitely no more than $150 after tax.
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Old February 20, 2010, 03:35 AM
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For that sort of price range i'd look at the 5670:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161319

It's a good card for the price and should handle what you want it to.
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Old February 20, 2010, 08:37 AM
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I use a 9800GT in my computer, and work with CS4 / Catia V5 / Autocad 2009 and 3dsMax without issues.
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Old February 20, 2010, 11:50 AM
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Those types of programs tend to lean more on the CPU. So as long as you have a decent CPU I'd say go with the first posters suggestion, DX11 is a nice touch as well.
What are the other components in the rig?
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Old February 20, 2010, 02:25 PM
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Thanks for the replies. They help me out a lot. As for other components, I'm thinking of either the AMD Phenom II X4 955 with respective mobo or i3/i5/i7 with respective mobo. I may be able to snag a cheap i7 860. Here's a list of both builds about which I'm thinking (AMD / Intel):

Case: Thermaltake V3
Mobo: GA-770TA-UD3 / MSI P55-CD53
CPU: Phenom II X4 955 BE / i7 860
RAM: OCZ 4GB DDR3-1333 (for either)
GPU: (?)
PSU: Corsair 750W (for either)
HDD: WDC Black 1TB (for either)
ODD: Generic (for either)

Prices without the GPU right now:

AMD Build: $643.94
Intel Build: $639.95 <-- If I can't get the cheap i7, add $200 to price

This is before tax, with most items on sale.
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Old February 20, 2010, 02:34 PM
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Go with the i7/i5 build. The AMD is shameful in performance for the price vs the i5 750. Also you cant go wrong with a 5670 as the specs seem pretty decent.
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Old February 20, 2010, 02:50 PM
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Just what I needed to hear/read. Thanks. That card from newegg looks awesome, but I forgot to mention that I will be buying everything locally from NCIX, so I guess I'll be getting an XFX one http://ncix.com/products/?sku=50300&...anufacture=XFX :D

With regards to the 9800 vs the 5670, I prefer to go with new technology for the efficiency as well as the DX11 support, seeing as it will be good when developing animations/renders/pictures or whatever (it's not for me, so I don't know lol).

As backpack said, these programs are more CPU intensive, so I'd be better off getting the i7 860 if I can get it for cheap, but if not, definitely go for i5 and not AMD.

Are all these fair conclusions? Again, thanks a lot for the help.
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Old February 20, 2010, 03:06 PM
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Yes, it's a nice setup. I only mentionned the 9800GT to let you know how much GPU power is really needed.
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Old February 20, 2010, 03:52 PM
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Default with 2 Dual Link connectors?

I've been checking out reviews and looking for something similar (graphics use like Photoshop)
Any suggestions for a similar card, but with 2 Dual Link connectors ?

Primary monitor would probably be 24"
CPU would probably be the i5-750

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Old February 20, 2010, 04:18 PM
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For a little more, I would get a 5750 instead of the 5670.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=48773&...ure=PowerColor
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