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I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card. What is the fastest reasonably priced card for Blender cycles/CUDA operations. Note that a graphics card absolutely creams a CPU in terms of rendering speed (10x+ faster). I won't touch anything with less than 4 GB. My current card is 1 GB and going to a 2 GB card seems stupid and wasteful.

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  1. I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card. What is the fastest reasonably priced card for Blender cycles/CUDA operations.
  2. I won't touch anything with less than 4 GB. My current card is 1 GB and going to a 2 GB card seems stupid and wasteful.

 

Has to be an Nvidia card then for cuda

Whats your budget?, here is what I found on scan.co.uk

 

EVGA GTX660, 3GB, 960 cores - £184 - http://www.scan.co.u...z-boost-1137mhz

Gigabyte GTX760, 4GB, 1152 cores - £234 - http://www.scan.co.u...-dport-dvi-d-dv

Gigabyte GTX770, 4GB, 1536 cores - £299 - http://www.scan.co.u...es-1536-dp-dvi-

 

Found this thread - http://www.blendergu...er-for-blender/

 

And the cycles benchmark comparision spreadsheet - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As2oZAgjSqDCdElkM3l6VTdRQjhTRWhpVS1hZmV3OGc#gid=0

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Yeah, I'm looking at a GTX760 with 4 GB of VRAM. I've got a GTX460 in this machine right now and a GT440 in another PC. The plan is as follows.

 

Take the GT440 out of the other PC and install it in this machine along with the new 760. The 760 will be used for rendering, and while rendering, I will be able to use the GT440 to keep using the PC. The current GTX460 in this machine will be put in the other machine that currently has the GT440. This main machine has a 650 watt PSU so I think that will be enough for the 760+440 cards together...

 

Rendering on the same card that is being used to display your desktop results in lots of lag

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500312

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@LS,

 

A stock GTX760 only pulls 160 watts under extreme load and I imagine your GT440 only 65 watts. So with that in mind whats the spec of the rest of your system and the make/model of the PSU?

 

I took a look at the following website - http://www.extreme.o...n.com/PSUEngine and based on rough idea of your system, the PSU you have assuming its a descent one, should be more than capable.

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Somewhat unrelated: I have a frankenstein PC I rebuilt in a recycled case. It seems as though the power switch is going out. I have to push it in and wiggle it around a lot to get it to come on most of the time. It seems like these switches are proprietary. I.e. it has specific pieces which fit into the case and allow it to protrude out the front enough to be pushed. I doubt I will be able to find a replacement for the switch locally, so I was thinking of re-purposing the Firewire port on the front of the case and mounting a power switch in there.

 

I don't really feel like rebuilding the whole machine in another case just because of a faulty switch.

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so I was thinking of re-purposing the Firewire port on the front of the case and mounting a power switch in there. I don't really feel like rebuilding the whole machine in another case just because of a faulty switch.

 

You'll find its a std push-to-contact 2pin micro switch behind the exterior button on the case.

 

see this example on ebay

or a cheaper one on amazon

 

$T2eC16d,!zEE9s3!Y8nqBRkqQYMCcQ~~60_35.JPG

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(out topic alert)

 

lost_soul are you aware you can enable again the CTRL-ALT-Backspace sequence to terminate Xorg adding an option? You can bind any key actually...

Section "InputClass"
Identifier	  "Keyboard Defaults"
MatchIsKeyboard "yes"
Option		  "XkbOptions" "terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp"
EndSection

Still I agree it is a weird the default

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