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    Hi everyone, im trying to see if I can get some advice on a graphics card for use with revit. I just bought a new computer, the computer specs are:

    ASUS 6870
    i7 Processor, 3rd gen, 3.4 ghz
    16 GB Ram
    2 TB HD

    The computer came out of the box with two video cards, one is integrated within the mother board, the other is in a PCI slot. Both of these cards have outputs for 3 monitors each. I wanted to see which card you guys thought was better. You would think that the card in the PCI slot would be better, but the other got better reviews. Neither of them are that great surprisingly.

    The integrated video card is a:
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    The PCI card is a : Nvidia GeForce GT 520

    Alternatively I could put my old video card in which is a Radeo HD 5670.

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

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    http://www.revitforum.org/hardware-i...hic-cards.html
    Cliff B. Collins
    Registered Architect
    The Lamar Johnson Collaborative Architects, St. Louis, MO
    Autodesk Expert Elite

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      #3
      Admittedly this is on laptops, but we've never had any luck with the Integrated Video chips. We always disable that. The Integrated video is most often way less capable than an add-in card would be.
      Think of it this way: Why would they ADD a card that was LESS powerful?
      Dave Plumb
      BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

      CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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        #4
        I can't figure out why they sold such a good computer with such a horrible video card in it. This thing is set up to be a gaming computer but they gave me such a bad video card that I couldnt even play solitaire on it.

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          #5
          With the integrated video chips...you can specify which video card you want to use. Click on a shortcut and go into its properties...there should be a tab that will allow you to select which video card to use. Definitely want to fix this for Revit.
          Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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            #6
            Originally posted by DaveP View Post
            Admittedly this is on laptops, but we've never had any luck with the Integrated Video chips. We always disable that. The Integrated video is most often way less capable than an add-in card would be.
            Think of it this way: Why would they ADD a card that was LESS powerful?
            In most cases this is true, but the GT 520 is budget level crap. The new Intel HD 4000 actually scores twice as high as the GT 520 in benchmarks. Not saying it's a great option for Revit, it's still pretty underpowered. As for gaming, you might be able to play some games at lower resolutions... but I wouldn't count on it.

            Now here's the rest of the bad news. I looked up that PC, and the power supply is completely inadequate for anything more than an integrated or VERY low power card such as the GT 520. Especially running along side the 3770k processor. If you want decent graphic performance, you're gonna need to upgrade both the power supply AND the graphics card. You could probably get by spending around $150 for both if you shop around.

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              #7
              I saw that, it only has a 300W Power supply! This is like a 1200 dollar computer that they stripped some caveats out of to make it $999.00

              Thanks for your help !

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                #8
                Originally posted by DaveP View Post
                Think of it this way: Why would they ADD a card that was LESS powerful?
                Originally posted by need4mospd View Post
                ... the power supply is completely inadequate for anything more than an integrated or VERY low power card such as the GT 520.
                Guess that answers my question!
                Dave Plumb
                BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

                CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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