[QUOTE=sas84_heavyhitter;2574965] The purpose of the PC will primarily be audio production and some gaming; and then down the line a light amount of video and photo editing which I aim to learn about throughout the year.
At this moment I am reviewing which graphics card I will opt with. Having scaled down I know it will between the following;-
[li]Nvidia GeForce GTX 580
[li]Radeon HD 6970
If the card is just going to be used for the stuff listed above then why do you
need such a heavy duty video card like the GTX 580 or a 6970 for unless you
plan on doing some very super intense gaming or you are just planning ahead
for some of the future games.
If it is going to be used primarily for a light amount of video and photo editing
then you could very easily get by with a GTX 460 or even a GTX 470 the reason
I mention using the Nvidia cards is if you have software that can take advantage
of the Nvidia Cuda technology it will help greatly with the video processing.
Like eric93se said the GTX 580 is going for around $500 and the 6970 going for
a little over $300 you can get the GTX 460 for less than $200 or a GTX 570 for
I have a GTX 460 in my system and it does everything I ask of it and it does
it well and when I do video / photo editing and encoding it is very fast. I also
do not like the ATi video drives as they are sometimes very buggy that is why
I made the switch back to Nvidia several years ago and I still hear some of the
horror stories some people are still having with the ATi drivers.