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August 26, 2008 5:37:00 AM


I'm looking for the best VGA card with HDMI and DVI, mainly for photoshop and other picture editing programs. Very little 3D gaming. (Mainly older games).

Any suggestions plz?

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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2008 6:28:47 AM

For Photoshop and other I believe you will benefit more from a better CPU than from a GPU. If you are not doing any 3d work you will be better suited by a quad core.

My 2 cents.
August 26, 2008 6:35:10 AM

Already have a Q6600 in mind..

No matter what I need the signal from the mobo to the screen... if you know what I mean.
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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2008 6:41:53 AM

Depending on your budget I would recommend a 8800 GTS (512) from nVidia or an ATI 4850 if you have a better budget.
Otherwise a 9600 GT will suffice for what you need or even a 9600 GSO.
August 26, 2008 6:50:49 AM

Probably go for the 9800GT or 9800GTX because they are mid ranged match well with your CPU but they also offer CUDA which could help your editing depending on what apps you use.
August 26, 2008 7:14:42 AM

I honestly think a 8800GTS or higher is overkill,

Setup so far looks like this.

Kingston HyperX 2x2gb 1066mhz
Asus P5kc
Asus 8600GT 512mb GDDR3 Silent

This is just within the budget. Leaving roughly 50$ for shipping cost. I guess I could throw in another 50$, but that's it.

Any suggestions to this setup? (within budget)
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2008 7:48:52 AM

Its a good setup for what you will do. Good luck! :) 
August 26, 2008 8:04:44 AM

I don't know the prices in Denmark, but here (in the USA) the 8600gt is about $40-50 w/rebate. The 8800gs can be had for $60-70 w/rebate, and is 10x better than the 8600-series so it's well worth an extra $10-20. The 8800gs is basically a neutered 8800gt (384mb vs 512, 192-bit vs 256-bit, 96sp's vs 112 sp's). Again, at $60-70 it's a steal and destroys the 8600gt in older games like FarCry, FEAR, COD2, etc.
August 26, 2008 8:19:03 AM

Isn't that ram you have picked out overkill? You can probably save some money if you get some ddr2 800 or if you don't plan on overclocking some ddr2 533 or 667.
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2008 8:29:00 AM

Agreed legless - if you aren't going to push that system, you don't need DDR2 800. That would certainly save some $$$.
August 26, 2008 8:46:20 AM

Thing is, I was going for a 1:1 ratio at stock settings.


Ah, was just reading up on this.. 1:1 ratio would be 533mhz.

Thanks for making me aware of this.. (phew)


Hmm.. still not to sure on this. Damn ratio always confusing me.
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2008 11:10:49 AM

Yes, you would be correct.
A stock Q6600 with RAM at a 1:1 ratio to the FSB will be using DDR2 533 speeds.
I would not recommend purchasing DDR2 533 for your system, however.
Stick with DDR2 800, 4-4-4-X.
If you want to run it at a 1:1 ratio, you can drop the timings way down.
However you do it, you will not see more than a 1-2% performance drop/gain.

Here is how it works.
DDR2 RAM is running double data rate to the FSB clock.
With a Q6600, you are using a 266Mhz bus stock or 1066Mhz Quad Data Rate FSB.
At that FSB, you would either double the base frequency or half the rated QDR frequency to obtain your 1:1 ratio RAM speeds.
August 26, 2008 11:57:27 AM

Ah, so it comes down to running 1:1 on the base frequency and not the RAMBUS and FSB Total.

Thanks for clearing that out.