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I'm looking for a graphics card that will fit the following bill:
-I do some light video editing in Premiere Elements 9 (I don't think Elements utilizes a GPU yet but if I upgrade to Premiere Pro, I know that can utilize the video card, so maybe keep that in mind for future reference)
-Something that will work for light gaming, I don't need a card that will max out the settings (GRID, Dirt 3, Need for Speed)
-Preferably around $140 (Rebates are fine) however if I can get something cheaper that'd be fine cause that's more money to use for other components
I was looking at the GTX 460, but I think that may be a little overkill for what I need? Opinions?
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460 is one of the best/affordable cards on the market and will last you a long time, i would say invest in one definitely. After a 460 comes a 450 for 20$ cheaper but you lose a good amount of performance and after that you start getting into even lower performance cards. GTX 460 is the best card for value by far.
    
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What is this "overkill" you speak of? Is it like overclock? I've never heard of that before, please elaborate.

All jokes aside.

The 460 isn't overkill at all. In fact, it probably still delivers the most bang for buck, plus nice features all around in general, like Cuda. It's a gem of a card.

However, at this point (well, any graphics card that fits your requirements would do this) your CPU will start to become a bottleneck.

I think your $140 would be better spent on a new CPU, board, and memory kit. Such as this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.679621
with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820313101
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post #4 of 15
A 460 sounds perfect for you imo. Premiere Pro supports CUDA acceleration, so nVidia is probably the better choice for you, and the 460 is the best performer in your price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500202
$122.99 after rebate!^
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A 460 sounds perfect for you imo. Premiere Pro supports CUDA acceleration, so nVidia is probably the better choice for you, and the 460 is the best performer in your price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500202
$122.99 after rebate!^
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500182

$119 after rebate....and.....drum roll.....2gb buffer!
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500182

$119 after rebate....and.....drum roll.....2gb buffer!
Even better
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What is this "overkill" you speak of? Is it like overclock? I've never heard of that before, please elaborate.

All jokes aside.

The 460 isn't overkill at all. In fact, it probably still delivers the most bang for buck, plus nice features all around in general, like Cuda. It's a gem of a card.

However, at this point (well, any graphics card that fits your requirements would do this) your CPU will start to become a bottleneck.

I think your $140 would be better spent on a new CPU, board, and memory kit. Such as this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.679621
with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820313101
Yeah this isn't going into my sig rig....I'm building a new computer that this will be a part of
So it sounds like I'll be going with the 460. And does Zotac make a quality card? The one I was checking out was a PNY 460 1GB for $138 (lifetime warranty as well)
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I would suggest a 5770 or a GTS 450. That should be plenty enough for what you want.
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post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by coppertop4646 View Post
Yeah this isn't going into my sig rig....I'm building a new computer that this will be a part of
So it sounds like I'll be going with the 460. And does Zotac make a quality card? The one I was checking out was a PNY 460 1GB for $138 (lifetime warranty as well)


Oooooooh okay! That really clears things up. In light of your clarification, I say GO for the 460!
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post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by coppertop4646 View Post
Yeah this isn't going into my sig rig....I'm building a new computer that this will be a part of
So it sounds like I'll be going with the 460. And does Zotac make a quality card? The one I was checking out was a PNY 460 1GB for $138 (lifetime warranty as well)
I'd stay away from PNY personally. Their "lifetime" warranty is a joke: http://www.pny.com/support/warranty/?prod=flash

"Lifetime replacement warranty does not cover items out of production if the company no longer stocks them. (Lifetime is defined as the lifetime of the product on the market. Outdated technology is not covered by lifetime warranty if the item is no longer available on the common market as a new product.)"
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