18 Replies Latest reply on Apr 20, 2011 6:35 AM by Bill Gehrke

    Advice on Buying a Video Card


      Hi All,

      I am about to upgrade to CS5.5 and am going to get a new Graphics card.

      The one that looks like it will do the job is the ASUS GeForce GTX 285 GF ENGTX285 TOP/HTDI/1GD3, 1GB, DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics Card.


      I am mainly using Premiere to edit video but want to get deeper into After Effects and animation. What are peoples opinions on this card? Is it powerful enough? Should i get the next model up?(ASUS ENGTX280/HTDP, GeForce GTX 280, 1GB, DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics Card). 


      Also, does it matter that i have a motherboard with DDR2 memory and the card has DDR3 memory? And finally is their a difference between PCI-E 2 16x and PCI-E 2 or is it the same?


      Here is the current spec of my PC if this is any help:-




      Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping (2.4GHz 1066MHz) Socket 775 L2 8MB Cache (2x4MB (4MB per core pair) Retail Boxed Processor.




      Asus P5Q PRO P45 Socket 775 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard.




      2 x Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 HyperX Memory CL5 2.2V.




      Asus EN8500GT SILENT Magic Edition 512MB DDR2 128bit VGA DVI PCI-E Graphics.


      Hard Drives


      2 x Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB Hard Drive SATAII 16MB Cache 10000rpm.




      MOTU 8in8out 828mk2 Firewire Audio Unit.




      Be Quiet 650W Dark Power Pro Modular PSU


      DVD Burner


      Sony DRU-190A 20X DVD±RW DL & DVD-RAM IDE internal


      Blu Ray Burner


      Pioneer BDR-205 / 12x Internal SATA Blu-Ray BD-RE Drive


      CPU Cooler


      Noctua NH-C12P Socket 775, AM2, AM2+ Processor Cooler




      2 x Samsung SyncMaster SM923NW 19" TFT Monitor 1440x900 300cd/m2 1000:1 5ms 16:9 VGA Silver.




      Belkin FireWire 3-Port PCI Express Card

      Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Mid Tower Case

      Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Desktop EX 110 – USB/PS2

      Line 6 POD XT Pro

      Nuendo USB Dongle


      MAudio Oxygen 8 mk2

      HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One with Fax (Printer, Copier, Scanner and Fax with Bluetooth and CD/DVD Printing)

      Western Digital Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive