hardware upgrade for 3d modeling/video editing
I completed my first build about 9 months ago, and I've not done anything too taxing on it beyond playing mass effect 2 at the highest settings. I have an Intel i7 920, GTX 260, and 3 GB of Ram. Now I'm going to be installing Maya and Avid Media Composer. It looks like in the specs I'll need to have at least 4 GB of Ram (it didn't list windows 7, but vista 64 bit needed it), and I've been meaning to get more anyway. My first question is would it behoove me to get a total of 9 GB? I've read that I might not be bottle necking there so it could be overkill. Second, I figure I'll need a Quadro FX card, but I don't know how good of one. For Avid it says at least FX 560, but for Maya to perform well what would be the recommendation? Lastly, will this effect my GTX 260? Can they be installed at the same time? Used at the same time? Maybe even SLI? I just recently discovered the need for a Quadro, so I don't know much about it. Ideally I don't want to have to pick either rendering or gaming, but if that's the case so be it. Thanks to all who have input. Any comments will be helpful.