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Bit lost on video cards, want to use for gaming, cad, photoshop, video edit... just need some guidance. total build budget is 2k

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K Processor LGA1155 3.4GHz CPU
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-Deluxe DDR3 Intel 1155pin Motherboard
RAM: G SKill 8G(2x4G)DDR3 2133Mhz PC3-17000(F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL)
SSD: Corsair Force Series 115GB SSD2.5 MLC SSD
HDD: Seagate SATA3 2TB Barracuda 64mb Cache*
READER: Card Reader
DVDRW: Sony AD7280SGB 22X SATA OEM DVD RW Black
PSU: SilverStone ST75F-P 750W Power Supply, 80Plus Silver*
SOUND: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium PCIe, Win 7 PCIE*99
COOLING: Cooler Master Hyper TX3*24
VIDEO: ?????Sapphire ATI HD6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E*- IS THIS GOING TO WORK?
CASE: Fractal Design ARC Mid Tower Case Black ( USB3.0)*139
 

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Will you be doing more gaming or more CAD work?
 

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6970 is a good choice. I'd drop the SSD for a Crucial M4. I am not familiar with the PSU, but it overall looks good.
 

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looking to move into more cad work in the future and just getting into illustrator/photoshop. not much of a gamer, but have the urge...! It will be online gaming as my kid lives a fair way away and this would be a good way to keep in touch!
 

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From what I've seen, a higher end '' gaming '' GPU is usually more than enough for CAD work. We use Quadro FXs at work but it's not necessary imo. ( I have an old Quadro fx 2000 in my workstation and it handles everything I throw at it in terms of 3D cad etc, and it's a 128mb card ! )

The card you selected looks fine, I would change your HDD for a samsung spinpoint F3 though.
 

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The card you selected looks fine, I would change your HDD for a samsung spinpoint F3 though.[/QUOTE]

What is the advantage of the Samsung in your opin??

I had originally selected this but thought seagate was better.
 

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Originally Posted by jdbwireless;15219412
Bit lost on video cards, want to use for gaming, cad, photoshop, video edit... just need some guidance. total build budget is 2k
MPE usage really only necessitates a GPU with 96 CUDA cores and 1GB of DDR5 RAM.

Something along the lines of a GTS 450 won't do exceptionally well in the latest games though, so the decision here really just depends on what you're playing...
 

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i think the higher the Open GL the better.
 

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Get a Nvidia card for the CUDA support in illustrator and the rest of the adobe suite.. just my .02
 

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what will upping my memory to 12/16GB do fro overall graphics performance??

What does the 2GB vs the 1GB give me???

sorry, very green!!

researching for 2 weeks!
 
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