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this will be my first build, so I'm not quite sure what graphics card would best suit my needs. I want to get into game design and render scenes in 3DS Max (so I want something pretty beefy). what are my options for high end graphics cards that are compatible?
my budget is around 1200$, and i already have the keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

here is what i have so far... (i hope I'm on the right track)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD drive: LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

GPU: ???

Prices

Mobo: 122$
CPU: 220$
RAM: 54$
HDD: 100$
disc drive: 18$
PSU: 80$
Case: 100$
GPU: (< 500$)
Shipping: 20$

questions, comments, suggestions, and constructive criticism all appreciated.
post #2 of 15
7950 and 7970 both under $500 on Newegg.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Radeon?
how do i know if a card is compatible with my board, is it the number of pins?
just those two, or any other recommendations?
sorry, i don't know very much about graphics cards actually (this will have to change soon!)
post #4 of 15
Not so much pins rather slot type. Any pcie slot card is compatible. That's pretty much everything these days.

For your budget you could high end cards from both NVIDIA or amd. Gtx680 is top NVIDIA based card. Hd7970 is top amd based card.

You will be happy with either so look for the best deal on newegg.



Asus, sapphire, xfx and msi are top brands. They often have non reference cards that come with better coolers that are quieter and keep the gpu cooler.
post #5 of 15
I maybe wrong here but isnt 3ds MAX like 4k? Is this gonna be for business? If so a gaming GPU is going to hold you back quite a bit vs a workstation card. Gaming and workstation cards are totally different beasts designed to do totally different things. I dont know much about workstation cards but this was updated today on the best workstation cards.

http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=95

Im not sure if a sub $500.00 gaming card can vs a sub $500.00 workstation card. Just throwing that info at ya so you can make the best choice.
post #6 of 15
Gaming Rig (Click to show)
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1170.33

I guess you could swap out the GTX 680 for a Quadro 2000 if you will not be gaming, But if you will be gaming, you should keep the 680. It should suffice for 3ds max, but the quadro more than likely will be better.

http://cadworkstationguide.com/Workstation-Graphics-Cards-Vs-Gaming-Graphics-Cards.html
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post #7 of 15
If you are interested in speed, I would recommend adding a SSD drive and getting a GTX 500 series card.

Your rig is very similar to my build in sig, and I can say that the choke point you are going to have in your current build is your hdd speed.

Add a 80-120 SSD and you will not be disappointed, then whatever the cost of that take it out of your $500 GPU fund and get a GPU with the rest (a 560 is plenty).
post #8 of 15
....i give up does anyone even read the main thread. a 560...enough for workstation use. /epicfacepalm.
post #9 of 15
I suggest asking on the 3DS Max website forums. Little to no one here is giving good info on the GPU. They are all spewing gaming GPU'S. Dont trust a man who has no idea what he is talking about.
post #10 of 15
i'd go for a quadro 4000, it is one of the recommended cards for 3ds max but it does cost little over the 2000 but the 2x vram and extra cores should be worth it. However if it does not fit within budget get a quadro 2000 it should still be sufficient.

Cheers
Zane
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