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NEED HELP ASAP Graphics Card

by KathMc56 / November 9, 2012 7:33 AM PST

I'm hoping someone can help me with this pronto. My son is in school for 3D animation. His graphics card went out today and he needs to get it replaced ASAP so he doesn't fall behind in his homework.

I know he has a powerful, fast computer that he bought a few years ago with the thought of 3D in mind. Now, since mom & dad have to pay for the new graphics card, I want to make sure we get one that is reliable, with 2gb memory and good for use with programs like MAYA. The one he picked out, however, is $350!!! It's an NVIDIA geforce GTX660.

Do we really need to spend that much? He's leery of other brands but said he could use EVGA or ATI.

HELP!!!

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Let's see the list. (yes, there's a list.)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2012 8:01 AM PST
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by KathMc56 / November 9, 2012 9:08 AM PST

Thanks for your help. He had to be able to buy one locally today otherwise, he wouldn't be able to get his homework done this weekend. He went with an EVGA geforce GTC 660ti. It was pricey but still a little less than the NVIDIA brand.

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Solid brand
by AthenaDram / November 9, 2012 7:53 AM PST

NVIDIA, EVGA, and ATI are all solid brands - you should be safe with all three

As long as your son stops playing two high fps games at the same time on dual monitors then you should be pretty safe with them lasting for a long time

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by KathMc56 / November 9, 2012 9:05 AM PST
In reply to: Solid brand

Thanks for your help. He decided to go with an EVGA geforce GTX660ti. It was a bit less than the NVIDIA brand.

So, I think he does have dual monitors. What do you mean by FPS games? I'm going to ask him if he is doing this as I know he does like to play games. I really want his computer to last him until he gets out of school - or starts earning some money to buy a new one on his own. But, since he has about three years left, and his computer is about 2 years old, I'm not too hopeful. So, anything he can do to prolong it's life would be great.

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Dear Mom...
by VAPCMD / November 9, 2012 11:02 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

Inside scoop....enthusiast gaming, that is playing computer games with maximum detail at the fastest speeds, is a recipe for shortening the life of the PC and spending the most money while giving least gain/per dollar spent in performance or visual improvement. It stresses computer components to the max by generating lots of heat that must be removed/evacuated to prevent component damage. It epitomizes the law of diminishing return.

Now for video card for programs like Maya .... here's a link for cards RECOMMENDED for AUTODESK's MAYA.... be prepared for price shock. Assuming it does the job...maybe the EVGA 660Ti ain't so bad.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/syscert?siteID=123112&id=18844534&results=1&stype=graphic&product_group=19&release=2013&os=8192&manuf=1&opt=1

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2392712,00.asp reviews of video cards designed for use with high-end PC 'graphics workstations' and programs like Maya.

VAPCMD

PS...NVidia is a chip manufacturer and they manufacture the chips and make them available to other companies who actually put the GPU processors and other chips on the PCB for marketing and sale. NVidia (and ATI/AMD) make the GPUs for these video cards too.

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Thanks again
by KathMc56 / November 10, 2012 6:40 AM PST
In reply to: Dear Mom...

Thanks again for all your help. I guess my son actually has triple monitors but he said he never plays more than one game at a time. He installed the EVGA card last night and so far, so good. I just hope it holds up. I know when he built this computer, he bought a case that has all kind of fans to help move air through and keep it cool and he is diligent about cleaning out the dust regularly.

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