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    Graphics card for rendering?

    I want to do 3d animation/3d rendering and I heard that i need a certain GPU for it in order for it to render quickly. But I also heard that CPU/RAM is all that really matters. So is it really necessary to get these professional Video cards? Cause to be hooonest I would like to play games on my computer as well

    also anyone know any fairly good monitors? That are good with colours? 2 MS would be nice.

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    You're probably talking about stuff like the Quadro: http://www.nvidia.com/object/workstation-solutions.html

    They're really for companies who need to churn out renders for their movies.

    I heard programs like Maya may have GPU rendering, not sure if its built-in or a plugin.

    Then there are standalone GPU renderers like Gelato: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelato_(software)

    If you want to play games, a consumer-level video card is enough, like a GeForce card.

    Unless you're doing something complex like rendering a Lord of the Rings movie, it wouldn't take more than roughly a minute to render a typical scene on an average PC, so I wouldn't bother with workstation-level video cards at all.

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