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Looking into getting into 3D Printing as a hobby. Need to upgrade graphics card among many things. Suggestions?

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I'm not sure what programs I will even be using. I have no experience in the industry of making models, CAD, or the like. Probably will take up some form of CAD. My graphics card is starting to artifact, probably from putting to much voltage for so long, but the temps have always been low. She's served me well for the past few years though! Luckily, I have lifetime warranty and can recover some of the cost.

Anyways, I'm getting out of gaming, getting bored of it, and more into 3D printing (i think). Besides just a graphics card upgrade, looking at quadro's possibly, what else should be upgraded?

I will upgrade my monitor, also will purchase a 3D printer, though I may try to find someone around my area experienced in the field first to get my feet wet and see if it is for me.

GTX Titan probably wouldn't be good for CAD right?


**Looking at doing this as a hobby**

Budget: $7k altogether including a 3D printer
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2D CAD or 3D CAD?
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3D CAD
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For what it's worth, I run Autocad and Solid works on an Asus 450 gts wihout problems.

The only thing you need high end gaming cards for is gaming.
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Toms I think just had a really good article comparing gaming & workstation cards. Summary: gaming cards perform almost as good as WS cards unless you're rendering. At significantly lower costs too.

And when I say almost as good we're talking within 5%.... actual numbers vary from program to program (Adobe, Solidworks, AutoCAD etc) but the above seems to hold true regardless of which suite you're running.

Edit: also more specifically about 3D printing: You can do it on Sketchup (free) which will export 3D-printable files (STL) with a free plugin.

If you build a semi-decent Haswell rig you can probably be up & running for under $2k which leaves you $5k for the printer & supplies.

Edit: Solid words? Thx android.... tongue.gif
Edited by She loved E - 9/10/13 at 10:34am
 
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SLE's given some solid info about where and what to look at when you're going to build a machine for professional works. I'd only like to add - that if you're using cad...and renderers, you'd need a tonne load of ram - I have 8GB of ram on my systems and they get used pretty fast when it comes to dealing with high resolution exports which is quite contrary to display high resolution content.

The titan would be up your alley if you'd like to game and work off it.

other than that - pretty much alot of cards are now offering support for off loading workload from the CPU to GPU via driver revisions.
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Thanks for the rep'age mate - I hope you turn up with a kickass machine!
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Alphacool Nexxos XP3 Plexi v2 Edition Swiftech MCP35X Primochill Advanced LRT 3/8"ID x5/8"OD Elegant ... 3x 120mm Swiftech Helix 
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Win7 x64 ultimate Dual 24" monitors in P-P Corsair K95 Silverstone ST45SF-G 
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