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RAM vs GPU
show user profile  imbaqq
Hello fellow digital artists. I have a dilemma which I hope you will help me solve :) I am quite new to 3ds Max and the PC I have needs a certain upgrade. The specs are: Gigabyte H87 mobo, i7-4771, 2x8GB HyperX Blu 1333 DDR3, Samsung s830 SSD. The GPU in use is the HD4600 CPU built-in ship. I have played with some sceenes I have downloaded from the web and the navigation seemed fine, though I can't really say how complex they were in terms of polygons and whatnot :) Now, the problem I'm having is this: I have a ~220e budget which I can spend on either a gpu to boost viewport performance or another 16gigs of RAM. The RAM modules I have are quite difficult to find, but I managed to find some in a store in Czech Republic for 130e. So, if we speak about architectural visualization what would you recommend to get, RAM or a GPU? If it's the latter, which one do you recommend? My workflow will be Revit > Max+Vray 3 (forest pack is a must have) > Photoshop. Revit has no specific need for a dedicated GPU since it isn't utilized as much. Also, I plan to use my CPU to do all the rendering.

Thanks for any help you provide :)
Best regards.
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10/19/2014 1:30:58 PM (last edit: 10/19/2014 1:30:58 PM)
show user profile  mike_renouf
Just to be clear - you've got 16GB of RAM at the moment. And you're using the graphics that are on the motherboard?

I'd say go with a graphics card - NVidia is all I've ever used and have never had a complaint. My scenes are not super-complex, but I've never hit a problem with 16GB of system RAM.

A better graphics card will certainly be a good investment in terms of viewport performance. If your scenes/models start to hit the ceiling of 16GB I suspect that the viewport will be murder to use by that point.

I'd be interested to hear other - more technical - people's opinions though.




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10/19/2014 1:38:45 PM (last edit: 10/19/2014 5:21:53 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
yes for video, also if you're buying ram in the future - they don't have to be the same modules you already have (you can pick any ddr3 you please, preferably the cheapest).

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10/19/2014 5:18:43 PM (last edit: 10/19/2014 5:19:45 PM)
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