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What mid-level graphics card should I buy (in the UK) for SW2020 & Visualize?

Question asked by Alec Stewart on May 26, 2020
Latest reply on May 27, 2020 by Alec Stewart

Hello

 


Do you have any advice about buying a mid-level graphics card here in the UK, for using with SolidWorks 2020 and Visualize.

 

USE: I need it to create anti-aliasing in SolidWorks as my current graphics card (VIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB) doesn't appear to be able to do anti-aliasing.  

 

I am running Windows 10 (x64).

 

MY COMPUTER:
- Make: ChillBlast (in UK)
- CPU:    Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake CPU, 4 Cores, @3.80GHz
- Motherboard:  Asus PRIME Z270-A Motherboard  (Rev 1.02  /  "PCIEX16 2" / 32Gb/s M.2 X4)
- RAM:    16GB DDR4 3000MHz Memory (2 x 8GB Sticks) - CORSAIR  
- Drive:  512GB Samsung 960 M.2 SSD ("NVMe Samsung SSD 960 SCSI Disk Device" says Windows10)
- MONITOR:  High resolution (4K)  Viewsonic:  VP2780-4K 27-inch 4K Ultra HD IPS Professional Monitor   
- Power supply (PSU): Corsair RM650X 80 PLUS Gold 650W PSU
- Case:   Chillblast Silent Gaming PC Case - Black (so lots of physical space!)
- CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S  

 

Other applications: Microsoft Office suite, Xara Designer Professional, Photoshop, MindManager etc

Other consideration: I don't care what it looks like. It would be nice if it wasn't too noisy - my current card is very quiet.
CAD: My CAD skill levels are novice-intermediate. My models aren't particularly complex (e.g. less than 100 parts, less than 100MB of .SLDASM and .SLDPRT files).


What graphics card should I buy?
And where should I get it from?  

 

e.g. What about a NVIDIA QUATRO P2200 /P2000 ? If so by PNY or NVIDIA themselves?
e.g. Amazon? eBay?

 

I don't have much budget - £500 max, ideally halt that... I would consider a second hand card, if from a reliable source.

 

Any advice?

 

J

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