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Old 02-25-03, 03:22 PM   #1
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graphics cards

please answer my stupid question

why do i need a good graphics card and how do i know what to look for

im a good amateur having been around computers for 15 years and know how to switch out parts and am going to be rebuilding certain parts of the system. why would i want a good graphics card. i do photoshop work right now, no games. i plan on possibly doing some 3d (rendering, animating) work, music work, and video (editing) work in the future. help, thanks
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Old 02-25-03, 03:33 PM   #2
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The high end graphics cards are geared for gaming.

As far as 3D rendering this is not a function of the graphics card as much as it is the CPU. Same for video editing.

For Photoshop, 3D rendering, and video editing you want a high speed CPU and a lot of memory as they are all pigs of memory.

I have a machine just for Photoshop and 3D rendering and I use an Nvidia graphics card that cost ~$50...it works perfectly.
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Old 02-25-03, 03:35 PM   #3
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you sure? what's a base level card i should have? i don't care about gaming

what kind of cpu and how much memory you have?

i'm getting a 2.4g/533fsb with 1gb memory
i've heard at minimum get a dual processor for maya. will i be having trouble? it very barely even opens on my p3/850mhz/384mb
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Old 02-25-03, 06:53 PM   #4
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i thought this post looked familiar. i'd go with a geforce 4 4200 or 4400...or an ati radeon 9500. since you don't care about gaming there's no need to spend the extra bucks on a 9700 or for you to wait for the Nvidia FX line due out any week now.
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Old 02-25-03, 08:05 PM   #5
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I would even recommend something cheaper than that. A Geforce 3 Ti200 or a Geforce 4 MX.
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Old 02-25-03, 09:47 PM   #6
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personally, i'd go with a geforce 4 mx440. that should be perfectly fine. i use one of these guys with DVI for my LCD, and it works great.
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Old 02-25-03, 10:05 PM   #7
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If Maya is going to be one of the main reasons for this PC, then you might want to go to Alias/Wavefront's website and check their recommendations. High-end apps like that always have recommended/qualified hardware that you would do well to pay attention to if you want things to work perfectly (or as close to perfect as PC's get anyway).
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Old 02-25-03, 10:31 PM   #8
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good call

their specs said not compatible with geforces so i will look elsewhere
i was worried i would need a $300 card to get what i wanted out of the program

can someone tell me why their recommendations on systems are limited to workstations? they're recommending 500mhz p3 workstations without a mention of 2.4g pc's
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Old 02-26-03, 08:30 AM   #9
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In general, a workstation has SCSI hard drives and ECC RAM, whereas a typical desktop PC has IDE hard drives and non-ECC RAM.

As far as video cards, you want something with good 2D performance; 3D doesn't matter, as others have said. I've always been impressed with Matrox's offerings. Their G450, G550 or Parhelia should work great for you. Alternatively, ATI's Radeon 9500 is supposed to be a great 2D card as well.
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