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November 21, 2010 at 12:43 AM #47249
I’m building a computer for running primarily Sony Vegas Pro 9, and I need a little help on choosing the graphics card. I would like it to be NVIDIA has I have had too many ATI cards fail on me. I know that it really doesn’t require a high-end graphics card, it just needs to support DirectX 10, so I really don’t want to spend over $200.
Any suggestions for a good, NVIDIA, under $200, that will be perfect for Vegas Pro 9?
November 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM #194562
check out both Tiger Direct.com and New Egg.com for NVIDIA based GPU’s. Both sites have extensive selections so you shouldn’t have trouble finding something you’re looking for. Don’t forget to read the reviews before you buy!
December 16, 2010 at 6:06 PM #194563
I recently built a computer for Vegas 9, I got an ATI Radeon 5770 for mine, if you want a strong Nvidia card, look at their quaddro workstation cards. Eventually you will have to trade off price for performance though.
If you want to go back to ATI, my card only cost $120 dollars and it is handling 1080p video very well!
And don’t forget about getting a very strong processor!
January 30, 2011 at 7:58 AM #194564
Thinking about using Vegas (latest Pro) for editing off a Sony HVR-V1P cam for semi pro vid’s. What would you recommend in January 2011 for Computer Specs? Also what are good reasons for using Sony Vegas over other suites?
Any help much appreciated.
January 30, 2011 at 7:37 PM #194565
Also remember that Vegas does not rely much on graphics cards which you mentioned but loves Ram and CPU I run a Core 2 quad with 4 Gigs of ram and I have no trouble at all with HD and AVCHD, but when I render i do get pretty close to the max. I run windows 7
February 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM #194566
Without spending a fortune you can get into am entry levelpro Quadro card. here isa link to such at B&H they sell ithis card for around $10 less than newegg.
February 16, 2011 at 2:17 PM #194567
Also, if it is an option I am pretty sure that Vegas 10 has improved utilization of GPUs. So it will better use your videocard to render video while editing. I haven’t tested this out for myself yet. Though, it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade!
March 7, 2011 at 8:53 AM #194568
I couldn’t do a damn thing with Vegas and AVCHD until I totally replaced my comp.
I run quad core i7 (overclocked to 3.2ghz), 9GB of triple channel 1333mhz RAM, and I have the ATI Radeon 5870 card.
That card is a BEAST. My computer now RIPS though AVCHD without any problems like before.
5870 used to be like $450…it just dropped down to $250. Can’t go wrong…I still regard it as their best (AND most affordable) card.
March 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM #194569
Here is a tip for getting a top notch computer at a very low price.
Find a computer discounter and browse their site for systems that have the following specs.
1. Xeon or Phenom processor. Stay away from the low end processors like the Intel Celeron and AMD Sempron. Although these processors come in dual core and have progressed over the years, they are not the best for video editing or 3D work. You want a genuine processor even if it is old.
2. Serial ATA hard drives with at least 7400 RPM. Better yet find a system that supports SCSI hard drives. Only used system drives that are at least 10,000 RPMS and keep the size to less than 200 gigs. For storage space use an external Firewire, or USB 2.0 Hard disk.
3. The system must be able to support at least 10 gigs of Ram. If you can do 32 even better.
4. You definitely want a workstation graphics card either an NVidia Quadro or ATI FireGL. However you can find some excellent cards by Matrox and 3D Lads. These are usually older cards but their performance is great. For example, I own a Matrox Mystique with 2 megs of ram that can compete with newer more advanced cards. You can find an NVidia Quadro FX3500 with 256MB of memory for under 50.00 dollars easily.
Take a look at this dual processor server that you can use to edit videos at a great price.
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