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Yes, another one of these questions.. which videocard to I get? Please read on because this is not the typical question. I have a 47" 1920 x 1080 LCD that I use as a general computer monitor and for gaming. I want to be able to play games well and I want AutoCAD to speed up on the 3D rendering.


Note: I understand there are workstation cards that are meant for CAD, but I want to be able to do gaming as well, plus I dont want to pay $1500 for a card.


So my question is, can I get away with a 8800GTS or do I need a 8800GTX to have nice quality on such a large monitor?


Also, will I notice a substantial difference in AutoCAD2006 doing 3D rendering by getting a high end card?


Also just FYI I'm upgrading my 2.8ghz P4 to a Core 2 duo E6600.

Thanks for any information - this site has been EXCELLENT
 

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Get the 8800GTX or the new ATI HD2900XT. You'll need a beefy card to run games smoothly in 1920 x 1080. I own a 37" 1920 x 1080 monitor and my ATI X1950XT 256MB seems to "sweat" in high detail games at full settings.
 

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thanks for the info. What do you mean "sweat"? Overheat, or do you mean it starts to skip a bit?

It will skip a bit and get hot, but not unplayable.
 

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Gaming and AutoCAD have different video requirements. Nvidia has two different lines to satisfy each. The gaming is 8x00 series and for the CAD its the quadro series.


But I must say dont get anything less than a 8800 GTX 764MB version.
 

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yeah i understand they have different requirements, just wanted to know what gaming card would work best for CAD so that I can do both. I'd be doing much more gaming than workstation stuff, so I'd want a gaming card that did decent in cad. Any ideas?
 

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At 1080p your only real gaming option is the 8800GTX series.......it should do decently at CAD, but your options are truly limited, since the QUADRO series are terrible performers for games.
 
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