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I'm building budget a video editing PC to edit a multi-cam shot HDV format videos at home.
I'll be using Avid Media Composer 5 or Adobe Premiere CS5 (the software is on my boss' expense, so no worries there), mainly for their multi-cam support and industry standard usage.

I'll be running with a dual monitor setup, each with 1024x768 resolution. In the future, I will probably get another similar monitor for a triple monitor setup (if I get an Eyefinity card).

Which is the cheapest graphic card that can fulfill my needs? This PC WILL NOT be used for games.

There is a possibility for me to add another graphic card in the future (I got 2 PCI-E slots), to make a quad-monitor setup (no Crossfire).

Since this is a budget rig, FireGL, 58xx, 68xx, Quadro, and GTX cards is out of the question. The card should not be an overkill for video editing purposes. I see no reason to spend a $100 or $200 on graphic card, IF a $50-60 card could do the job (since video editing is mainly CPU intensive) . I also don't see CUDA as a necessity (since I'm don't have a lot of money, that is).

I'm considering the following cards, HD 5450 Eyefinity, HD 4670, HD 4650, HD 5570 (not Eyefinity), HD 5670 (not Eyefinity).

I'm leaning towards the HD 4670, since the performance is similar to 5570 but it's cheaper and the 5570 card available here does not support Eyefinity.

What do you guys think bout these cards? Should I go even higher?

I need suggestions! Thanks guys.
Edited by elzafir - 1/22/11 at 8:21pm
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Go gt 240.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by maxhudson View Post
Go gt 240.
+1 for Cuda
    
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Wow, after you guys mentioned GT 240, I have researched on the use of CUDA cores in Premiere...

Now I'm torn between GT 240 1GB 128bit DDR5 vs GTS 250 1GB 256bit DDR3...
For strictly Premiere CS5, which will be the better card? Considering GT 240 has GDDR5 (but only 96 CUDA cores) in it, while GTS 250 has 128 CUDA cores (but only DDR3)...

The price difference is too small between those two.

And what about the 9800GT 1GB 256Bit DDR3 with 112 CUDA cores?

Help?
Edited by elzafir - 1/23/11 at 11:48pm
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post #5 of 35

Would you be willing to spend $20 to get a GTS 450?
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...e8e32a811e9cb6
If you don't want to spend that much then this will be MUCH better than the GT 240, while being MUCH cheaper as well:


The GTS 250 is a decent card, but it depends if your application require horsepower or CUDA cores, if it's the latter, then GTS 450 > GTS 250 > 9800 GT > GT 430 > GT 240
    
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Quote:
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Would you be willing to spend $20 to get a GTS 450?
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...e8e32a811e9cb6
If you don't want to spend that much then this will be MUCH better than the GT 240, while being MUCH cheaper as well:
Amazon.com: Galaxy Technology GeForce GT430 1 GB Graphics Card 43GGS8HX3SPZ: Electronics

The GTS 250 is a decent card, but it depends if your application require horsepower or CUDA cores, if it's the latter, then GTS 450 > GTS 250 > 9800 GT > GT 430 > GT 240
Pretty much exactly what I was thinking.
 
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post #7 of 35
1 vote for GTS 450. If it's too much, a used 9800GT or GT 240.
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The GT 240 will be faster, cooler, smaller, and more power efficient compared to the GTS 250.
Edited by VigVoodoo - 1/24/11 at 12:10am
    
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Radeon 4650 or 4670 is usually good for a video editing only rig.
     
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post #10 of 35
Considering your use, monitor resolution, and a the generic 400w PSU; I would recommend a 5670. It's the fastest card you can buy that does NOT require additional power.

It only needs the power from you PCI slot and maxs out at around 70watts.
    
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