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Old 02-02-2013, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
vikenk
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Default New video card shopping - need some advice.

Hello Everyone,

I currently have an nVidia Quadro FX3500 card in my computer. It works well, but has only 256MB of ram. I've been happy with it for the most part but the low video ram is nagging me a bit. I recently got a 23" monitor to replace my 17" monitor but now I'm interested in running a dual monitor setup, with the large one @ 1920x1080 and the other one @ 1280x1024.

My purpose would mostly be for photography/photo editing and possibly video editing. I do only light gaming but I want the capability to run modern games if I suddenly feel like buying one on a whim I looked on ebay for a card like the Quadro FX3700 or 3800 but those are going for upwards of 150 dollars.

Here's my dilemma: my computer only has a PCIeX16 slot.

I've done some research and found nVidia 600 series cards that seem decent. Of course, today's cards are all PCIe2.0 (and 3.0) so they will obviously be limited by my X16 slot. I have a 400W power supply, BTW.

So, that being said, would it really matter if I bought a GT620 or a GTX670? If it's going to be bandwidth limited by my X16 slot, then I'm guessing that doling out the extra cash would be pointless.

So let's say that I'm going to settle on a GT 630 like this one Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P3-2639-KR GeForce GT 630 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (or maybe something less expensive)

Would it even be worth swapping out my Quadro FX3500? Would the 2GB of ram make any difference? Would it be better for processing lots of RAW files?

Looking for some guidance on this one.
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