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Graphics card question for our computer gurus here  
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:08:54 AM »

Hey guys I have been collecting parts to build my work station and need 2 liquid cooled cards as I'm running 3 monitors . This is not a gaming machine but for graphics such as photoshop and rendering.
Anyways I see there's a sale at NCIX right now ,but can anyone tell me the difference between these 2 cards . I see the first link is for the Fermi [ what ever the hell that is ] and the second one is for the classified . Theres only one per customer for the fermi  so it would make things more difficult

If anyone here works for EVGA that would be even better yet lol.


http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=58557&vpn=015%2DP3%2D1589%2DAR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1067

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=64334&vpn=03G%2DP3%2D1593%2DAR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1067

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Re: Graphics card question for our computer gurus here  
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 11:30:22 AM »
Wrong family of cards. Look at the Nvidia Quadro series with at least 2GB onboard ram. It's what we use at work for Cad modeling (3D work).

The GT/GTX Series is geared more towards gaming.

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Re: Graphics card question for our computer gurus here  
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 12:07:08 PM »
x2 on the Nvidia Quadro's...  we use then also for CAD modeling and rendering in Solidworks, Catia, and UG...  and many more CAD systems as well. We've also been throwing in some ATI FirePro's lately and they've been working well
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Re: Graphics card question for our computer gurus here  
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 02:34:12 PM »
The one card is 3gb video ram and the other is 1.5gb video ram. Also, one operates at 850mhz and the other is 855mhz.

You might be able to get them cheaper here:
Here the one is $220 cheaper: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6942892&CatId=3669

And the other here is $50 cheaper:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=637163&CatId=3585
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Re: Graphics card question for our computer gurus here  
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 08:13:26 PM »
Well dang as I am trying to build this liquid cooled computer so I wanted video cards with water blocks on them .
I see I have been looking at the wrong company as you say as evga is more geared towards gaming.

Maybe they make water blocks for the nvidea cards ,but I prefer ones that are already attached as there won't  be any issues fitting and cooling components pn the card properly .
I ave seen where they make some small changes in a run and issues

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Re: Graphics card question for our computer gurus here  
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012, 09:23:17 PM »
I wouldn't bother with the extra cost of water cooling for the graphics cards. We run them with the stock coolers with no issues. Water cooling is also geared more towards gaming than main stream graphics production work.

To give you an idea what we're doing production work on (Soliworks and Inventor):

Dell T5500
Xeon dual or quad core processors (x2)
SAS drives
nVidia Quadro 4800 1.5GB or 2GB - support for 3 or 4 monitors depending on model
12GB dual channel ram
WinXP 64bit - due to engineering software not currently supporting Win 7

Usually about a $4-5k machine when all said and done with a 3 yr onsite warranty.

**If you're looking at running Solidworks and keeping current, something to keep in mind is that Solidworks 2012 is the LAST iteration to support Windows XP. Starting with Solidworks 2013 it's Vista or above.
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Re: Graphics card question for our computer gurus here  
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012, 09:35:16 PM »
check here too. http://www.newegg.com/ this is where my buddy buys all his stuff for his computer builds. he built the computer i use at work for cad/cam and he used nvidia in ours. we dont have water cooling just a nice vented case with 2 big fans blowing on the card and motherboard. or graphics card is not as powerful as what you are looking to use but it was also built over a year ago so technology has changed a bit.