16 Aug 2010 12:12
|edward haddock wrote:|
hi well the computer has a Asrock K8NF6P-VSTA motherboard and amd athlon 64 3400+ cpu thought that was its speed but it is 2.2 ghz and using either onboard or basic sound and graphics.
Edward, most of your hardware sounds fine, honestly you can't go wrong by getting a decent spec GPU for what you need. Other people are giving you good advice, but they're not tailoring it to what you say you want out of your computer.
GPUs are designed to accelerate graphics functions, and now thanks to GPGPU technology you can make use of that power outside gaming. Converting videos is a great example of the power of GPGPU computing.
You don't have to take my word for it, look at the performance benefits for yourself:
These are the GPUs that support CUDA:
Picking a middle of the range card from that list, GeForce GT240, you're looking at about £80:
If you're on a tight budget, £24 is the cheapest I could find for a CUDA-enabled GPU:
Hope this info helps.