Building a low-to-mid range PC for 2D graphic design (and a lick of 3D)

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  07 July 2014
Building a low-to-mid range PC for 2D graphic design (and a lick of 3D)

Hello there!

I would greatly appreciate any help in this subject.
For a couple of days now I'm trying to build a PC with a very limited budget. It's focus is 2d graphic (Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDRAW, InDesign) but I'm doing my first steps in Blender and SketchUp+Kerkythea.

Now, it seems it's relatively easy to find a build for a gaming PC, forums and hardware sites are full of tests, comparisons and ideas for those. But I would like to get a computer artist perspective on this.

The build as far is:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460
Motherboard: ASRock H81 PRO BTC
RAM: Corsair 8GB 1600 MHz Vengeance
GPU: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB or MSI GeForce GTX660 2048MB
PSU: Corsair VS450

Now, the biggest problem I have is choosing either a AMD or NVIDIA graphic card. Is there any advantage in having NVIDIA's CUDA?

In some time, another 8GB of RAM will be added.
This should last me a year, two in the max.

I would be extremely grateful for any comments or ideas.
  07 July 2014
Looks good, but Id pick a geforce 750Ti over the 660gtx. Same speed, newer, uses less power.
Matthew O'Neill
  07 July 2014
Hmmm... most comparisons suggest that the GTX 660, though older, has better results.

Or am I not getting something?
  07 July 2014
Those automated comparison websites really dont tell you much. By those lists you can make a pretty old card look better than something new. The 660 and 750ti are broadly the same speed; one is a bit faster here, the other is faster there. I only suggest the 750 as it will save you around 100 a year just on electricity costs.
Matthew O'Neill
  07 July 2014
Thx for the comments.

In the end, I think I'm going to go with a Nvidia GeForce GTX760. It's about 50$ more, but I think it's worth it (also lower power consumption).
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