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Vid card for first time builder (light gamer)

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January 16, 2009 11:58:32 AM

Hello...this is my first post on the boards. I'm building my first PC and have selected all the components I want in the machine except for the graphics card. I don't really understand what to look for when reading the specs on a video card. Here's what I'll be using the PC for:

- A lot of multitasking between Photoshop, Image Ready, and internet browsers.
- Grahic Design using Photoshop and Image Ready handling batch commands and large hirez files.
- Music production.
- Watching HD video.
- Running dual monitors

I'd also like to have a machine that will allow me to play 3D games. I'm not necessarily concerned about running the games at the highest rez possible. As long as the games run off my machine without significant graphic degradation, I'll be happy. Basically, gaming isn't all that much of a concern to me.

Here are the components I've selected so far:
- GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8200
- WD Caviar SE16 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
- CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memor
- LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
- Rosewill R5601-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower
- CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


Any advice on which card to consider would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Chuck
a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2009 1:27:27 PM

A 4850, or 4870. Depending on how much you want to spend. I'd recommend an aftermarket CPU cooler though, everything else looks good.
a c 147 U Graphics card
January 16, 2009 2:03:40 PM

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Unless he is going to be actively gaming I don't think he needs a 4850 or 4870. I have a 4870 and $250 is a GAMING card in and of itself. It seems he is going to use it for general use, Photo editing, HD playback, and "Light" gaming.

Honestly I would recommend the 4670. It is an entry level gaming card, but has all the video goodies. it has on-board sound through HDMI which makes it nice if you are using HDMI to a TV. I put an HIS 4670 in a build a few months back and the cooler is VERY quiet and I ran COD4 at 1680x1050 res MAXED with NO AA and it ran smooth as butter.

I Recommend a 4670 ($90 - $10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2009 2:26:23 PM

+1 for the 4670 but i dont really know how a 4670 will handle 2 monitors at the same time.

you can also opt to higher 4830/4850 considering you have a very formidable PSU.

wait for someone to comment on how a 4670 would or actually perform with 2 monitors.
a c 147 U Graphics card
January 16, 2009 2:43:52 PM

It will handle 2 monitors just fine. You don't need a crazy card to run dual screens at all. I ran dual screens back in the with an old Matrox 32MB card.

We run dual screens at work on lowend cards all the time. A 4670 is by no means low end.
a c 191 U Graphics card
January 16, 2009 4:04:18 PM

Hi, BLUE LINES, welcome to the community.

The other guys are right, you do n`t need a hugely powerful card for 2d work and the HD4670 should be more than up to that task with dual monitors.
But you also state you will be working with high resoloution images, which begs the question; what is your monitor resoloution and type?
January 16, 2009 4:16:17 PM

+1 on the 4670
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