The RIGHT nvidia GeForce for ME ?????


Sep 18, 2011
i have hp compaq dx7500 microtower with core2Quad 2.5 GHz and 4Gb DDR2 memory.
I want to replace the built-in intel gpu with nvidia geforce vga card i work with 3ds max and maya most of the time. also i render videos in after effects and premiere . the thing is: i don't want to waste my money on features i DON'T use, for example ; i won't buy another card to use the crossfire cabability neither i will need a dual display cabability .. I JUST need a very powerful nvidia card that supports physX and has memory 1024 or something..
i checked AUTODESK website to see what it recommends for 3ds max 2012 and maya 2012 and i found the following :
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 256
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1024
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1024
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1024
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1792
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 1024
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1536
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536

which one should i get ????
i need the RIGHT one for my needs
That autodesk list is not necessarily the recommended, if you read the footnote, those are just the ones they tested themselves. You can google and find any modern gpu can run max and maya with no problems. As said by robjordy, you are going to be limited by your 300w psu unless you buy a new one. A mid range card like a 460 or 560 is my suggestion (with a new psu), no need to get a 580 that costs more than your entire system combined. Lower cards will have issues with a high poly count. Also @ progamer, the 580 would be fine on a 600w.
Looking up your PC, you appear to have a 300 watt power supply, which limits you to the lower end of the graphic card options.

Checking on this page:

The video card I would recommend is the GT 440, but it only has 512 mb of memory. That chart can be helpful in choosing. The GT 430 has more memory, but less performance. Really, I would go for an upgraded power supply, then a more powerful video card to go with it.
OP doesn't want to game with it i believe, so no use for a 560 ti, only 3ds max and maya and stuff. Reccomended for 3ds maya ; I don't see there a 450 or 550 or whatever.
Don't know which of the reccomended and certified cards will work with 300W, the op can find that out for himselff i believe. Saw a couple and they are using around 60W. But . . .they don't seem to have physx. LoL. I think the 220 is the best gamble if you wanne stick to physx and that will work with 300W.
Nice puzzle, i'm going to bed, bye now.