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Does anyone have first hand experience regarding a suitable graphics card for Photoshop?
I have a Compaq SR5726UK PC, with on board Geforce graphics, and VGA output. I'd like a DVI output for optimum screen quality which means a new (PCI-Express) graphics card. But, for Photoshop does the graphics card do much? Would a Geforce 9500GT be worth buying or would it be wasted and should I get a more basic unit? (I assume graphics cards give you processing for games, not PS. I might be wrong.) BTW I don't do games, though I do use the DVD player and a USB TV tuner device, though the latter seems to work fine.
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any cheap PCI graphics card is fine for photoshop, as its (usually) 2D performance you want, and all cards for the last 5 years are more than adequate
Quote: Any cheap PCI graphics card is fine for photoshop, as its (usually) 2D performance you want, and all cards for the last 5 years are more than adequate
Quote: Choose your card carefully as newer versions of Photoshop take advantage of the GPU.
I suppose I should have said that I use CS2. I'm a cheap skate, and it does all I need.
If you're buying a pci-express card, I'd recommend getting one that will work best with the latest version of photoshop as per the advice given by Chris. You never know when you may upgrade photoshop and the card should last you a good few years if chosen wisely.
Quote: last 5 years are more than adequate
That used to be the case, But a recent forum post on here asking for help with image issues and CS4 highlighted the need for a GPU with more grunt and the latest compatability with MS add ons, especially those in Vista.......!
Half decent cards are not that expensive these days, Shop around and you can get something like a Nvidia 9500GT or 9600GT with 512mb ram or more, For around the £60 quid mark......
A good and powerful graphic card, Will take workload of the CPU as well, Thus you should get a small overall improvement in system performance......
Leif is not using CS4 though
that's 'cos I don't expect everyone throws money at upgrading to the latest bloated new version of PS
Quote: That's 'cos I don't expect everyone throws money at upgrading to the latest bloated new version of PS
Actually, I've heard a lot of googd things about CS4 - 64 bit support, live clone tool preview, etc. It's a bigger jump than CS2 to CS3, IMO. As has been said, though, it using CS2, pretty much any card that's been released in the last 5 years should do the trick. But even for general PC use like watching films, especially if you intend on watching Blu Ray on your PC anytime soon, I would recommend getting a reasonably up to date card, which supports at least Direct X 9, or if possible DX10.
I was, and the advice stands
There's no need to squabble. You've all given good advice which I appreciate. I will probably go for a Geforce 9500GT or similar, on the grounds that it is not much more than the cheapest card, and I MIGHT need the extra grunt. But I'll wait a while, cos I've just splurged out on a TV tuner.
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