I’m beginning an animation course in a few weeks, and I have thought about upgrading my computer a bit before then (have considered this for a long time). The current graphics card I have is an ATI Firegl 5100, and its not really pulling its weight I feel, in Maya and After Effects which are the two programs that are of most importance to me.
Now, I am on a budget, and even though I would love to get a Quadro card, this is out of the question for me. So, I have been thinking about either getting a GeForce 8800 GTS 640mb card, or an equivalent ATI Radeon card.
I know that consumer cards often have problems with OpenGL, viewport issues etc., so I need to know which card make is the least likely to have problems in Maya and After Effects. You hear a lot about GeForce problems around, so I’m wondering if there are anyone here that are running the before mentioned cards without any problems at all (or just very minor glitches)? Is it so that if I buy a gaming card I can simply forget about running DCC apps. without problems?
ASUS A8N32-sli Deluxe
Athlon 64 X2 4400
ATI Firegl 5100