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I will soon be helping out a friend who's finishing graphic design and other schooling who is short on cash as a single father and needs a nice performing PC but on the budget end.

We'll likely go with an AM3/AM3+ and X6, and 8GB of DDR3; but my main concern is what kind of graphics card to get him.

He'll be using Maya, Blender, Photoshop, and a plethora of other graphic design tools I've never heard of. I know some of these generally benefit from an NVIDIA card (CS4/5) and that's fine but does he really need to get a Quadro? I know FireGL cards are direct competitors as well but are they as widely accepted with the acceleration they offer?

Also, how far back can we go that will give him great performance but on a budget? I know a Quadro FX3450 would be easy to get a hold of (free to me) but that's a pretty old card and doesn't have CUDA cores right?

Any help or insight is greatly appreciated.
    
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GTX470, GTX285, GTX 570 - these cards i know for sure have the GPU Hardware support of the Adobe. For Ati - i'm not so sure which of them have the hardware support.
I have the GTX285 and it has full collaboration with the Adobe products.
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Maya and radeon don't mix very well (viewport 2.0 will not work). A quadro/firePro card will mostly benefit maya. Blender will run great on any decent dedicated card. Photoshop is more cpu ram bound. No to familiar wit Quadro FX3450 but as I understand it should offer better performance then a 8800 geforce in the's apps.
    
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hello 1st floor, I think what he needs is a professional graphics card such as Quardro or FirePro, just because that it can make the line drawn non-serrated, and it's the most appropriated way for him to do.
post #5 of 7
Probably one of the FirePro cards with a lot of VRAM. There are a bunch of different ones, just find one which matches your budget.
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Does anyone know how far back I can go on the FirePro or FireGL/Quadro lines before they lose support with the most recent software?
    
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Bump, looking for opinions and stuff!
    
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