I am building a quad core machine, sourcing all of my parts from newegg. It will be a Windows Vista box. I work in photoshop and lightroom to edit photos so color accuracy is important. I also have a HD camcorder and would like to be able to take advantage of that. I was thinking something in the 8600GT/GTS range but some have said it will be overkill. Confused! What do I need? I won't replace my computer every year so I would rather overbuy a little but I don't need to waste money. Besides gaming, what applications/activities are going to push the video card? here is the specific card I have picked out on NewEgg (MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready). That's about my price range ($100 - $150).
Thought, recommendations, referrals all appreciated.
any 8600/500 GT or 2600 will do, the GTS is a bit much for photoshop and other things. For color accuracy, a good monitor is something thats more important, since all video cards basically render the same.
the ati radeon hd 3850 is a great card thats currently the best cheap card out there
2600xt is best for color accuracy IMO.
spend $30 more and get an ati 3850 256mb ($179) the performance is waaayyyy better that anything in $100-$150 range and will last a LOT longer...if you can wait (a month?)...wait for the 8800GT 256MB to come out and than compare it with the ATI 3850.