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Hey everyone.

I am looking for some suggestions for my first build. I am building a video, audio, image, 3d editing PC. Not really going to game.

I am looking at some GPU's.. mostly gtx 570's. Since they have lots of cuda cores, which Adobe seems to like using.

Anyone that designs or does editing possibly have some tips or suggestions for me?
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Well, to be fair it kinda depends on what you're editing. It could uber resolution images and complex 3D models, or just for basic photo editing and for school/uni related 3D modelling.

If it's for basic stuff, pretty much any card will do, you don't even need to be looking at enthusiast cards. I have a cousin in a course with 3D modelling subjects and he uses a laptop with a 330M (low end card) for all his stuff, and it works just fine, at least for now. The 570 is dozens of times faster.

If you're a pro, or soon to be pro, and need extreme precision on your daily work, the Quadro series are the ones for you, even though they come at a price.
Edited by xFyre - 10/17/11 at 3:48pm
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post #3 of 16
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well I wouldn't say hardcore editing, I mostly do uni/school work. But, I tend to do it on my own time as well on the side to make some spare $. So I still would need something good, but it doesn't need to be hardcore, but not to cheap in quality either.
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Then grab a 560Ti. It should be more than enough for your needs, maybe a little too much, but it'll be futureproof
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The main thing you need is a screaming fast processor and LOTS of RAM. Adobe applications eat RAM (especially after effects).

The Mercury Playback Engine in Premiere Pro uses CUDA cores to preview (not sure about rendering). As for After Effects, I think it is solely dependent on CPU power.

So I would list your needs as such in this order:

1) Processor
2) RAM
3) GPU

If you aren't going to use this computer to make a living, a 560ti is plenty powerful.
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Then grab a 560Ti. It should be more than enough for your needs, maybe a little too much, but it'll be futureproof
The one thing I did notice is some of adobe's software doesn't show the support of GTX 560.. only 570 and 580.

http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html

I did notice they all recommend you have OpenGL 2.0 support. And most GPU I noticed support OpenGL 4.0+
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post #7 of 16
CUDA acceleration is great (particularly in Adobe suite), but if you're really doing a lot of video editing/encoding, you should look into getting an i7 2600k and Z68 mobo with quicksync.

Quicksync >>>> CUDA
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0k,2833-5.html
post #8 of 16
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here are my specs:

1) i7 2600K + Asus z68 (not sure what I will overclock it too yet)
2) 16GB ram Gkill Ripjaws 1600
3) not sure yet.. been looking at some gtx 570's
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post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by harryt View Post
here are my specs:

1) i7 2600K + Asus z68 (not sure what I will overclock it too yet)
2) 16GB ram Gkill Ripjaws 1600
3) not sure yet.. been looking at some gtx 570's
In that case, you're in pretty good shape whichever way you go.

If you're not looking to game at all though, you might want to consider getting a true workstation card. What kind of budget do you have?
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In that case, you're in pretty good shape whichever way you go.

If you're not looking to game at all though, you might want to consider getting a true workstation card. What kind of budget do you have?
I have about 200-250 cdn.. might push it to 300 maybe.
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