2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 6, 2014 2:13 PM by RjL190365

    What graphics card to use? (i3, 16GB Ram)

    RodeCat

      Hello!

      So I'm planning on upgrading my computer, since I am only moderatly pleased with the Intel onboard Graphics Card. I would also like to do it as cheap as possible (So for around 250$) I also need the card capacity to support 3 monitors.

       

      My current specs:

      Motherboard:      ASUS P8 LX Z77-V

      Prozessor:          Intel i3-3220T @2.80 GHz

      Memory:             16.0 Gb

      Power Supply:    500W

      OS:                    Windows 7, 64 Bit

      Storage:             2 Hard Drives

       

      I'm mostly running AfterEffects and Premiere CS6 (Planning on a upgrading to CC) and would like to get as much speed for it as possible.
      So I'm planning on buying an SSD to Export/Inport Footage and to store the Programm on. And now I need to find e fitting graphics card,

       

       

       

      At first I was thinking an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760, but a friend of mine said my Processor and Memory wouldn't be enough to feed the card the data it can take, is that true?
      He then told me that the GTX 650 would be good, but I personally aren't convinced it is good enough...

       

      So what would you recommend me? I'm so lost :/

       

      Thanks alot

      Alec

        • 1. Re: What graphics card to use? (i3, 16GB Ram)
          cc_merchant Level 4

          Your friend is right. See Tweakers Page - Balanced Systems

          Scroll down about halfway. A GT 640 is more than enough, since you only have a dual core.

           

          would like to get as much speed for it as possible.

           

          Then look at Tweakers Page - What kind of PC to use?

          • 2. Re: What graphics card to use? (i3, 16GB Ram)
            RjL190365 Level 4

            Alec,

             

            If you go for that GTX 760, you'd only be throwing away good money after bad, in your instance (as cc_merchant has stated). I would only get that GPU if you're planning to upgrade the CPU and/or motherboard, as well as the amount of RAM and an additional number of disks, in the near future. If on the other hand you'll be stuck with that dual-core i3 for years to come, don't waste your money on anything higher than a 1GB GTX 650 since the i3 CPU doesn't handle the editing of any video at any resolution above 480i SD very well (I was going to say 320x240, but almost all 320x240 video is encoded in distribution codecs that are unsuitable for editing). The 2GB version of the GTX 650 is overkill for that present i3 setup, in this case, since the CPU just can't handle any content that requires more than 1GB of VRAM well.

             

            As for the GT 640, be aware that there are two different versions of the GT 640: Most top-tier graphics card brands still sell the original version of the GT 640, based on a GK107 GPU and using 128-bit DDR3 VRAM that has a throughput of only 28.5 GB/s. A few lesser-known graphics card brands have started to sell a newer version of the GT 640, based on a GK208 GPU and 64-bit GDDR5 VRAM that has a throughput of 40.1 GB/s. But given the relatively low clock speed of that i3-3220T and the fact that it neither has a Turbo Boost feature nor can be overclocked at all, even the original GT 640 may suffice for many uses for that PC.