Motherboard: Asus P6TD
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 (2.66GHz)
Memory: Kingston 12GB DDR3-1333 (6x2GB)
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB (or HD 5850 1GB)
Sound Card: Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro PCI-E
Power Supply: Corsair TX 650W or Corsair HX 1000W
Primary use: Adobe Creative Suite (mostly Photoshop)
Secondary use: Video, not demanding, like Captivate or Articulate
Possible future use: Video 1080p & burning Blu-Ray disks
Maybe (not critical): Light gaming
I am curious if I should get the HD 5850 or HD 5870. I don't mind spending a little more on the 5870. However, my quandary is, will I ever use the additional power? If there is no way I will ever see the difference, I might as well get 5850. What do you think? Is the difference between 5870 and 5850 noticeable only in heavy duty gaming?
As for the possible future use for processing 1080p video, would the 5870 be sufficient (or even the 5850), or am I missing something important?
I read a lot of articles and threads here and on other websites, but they seem to concentrate on suitability to gaming, hence my question.
Hello and welcome to the forums
For your work both cards will do the job well,so go for HD 5850 which is cheaper,doing PhotoShop and burning disks "Mostly" depends on your CPU (which you have a great one ) and the effect of VGA isn't as much as a CPU,so for HD 5850.
Video cards are for gaming and *some* 3D modeling apps, for photoshop the difference is 0 between a $50 card and a $500 card, future apps maybe, games definitly but from what your listing your better off with a ATi 4350 or Nvidia 9500GT or similar if your not gaming.
Thanks for your reply. What about possible 1080p video production? Would either card do as well?
I agree with Mazier's assessment. As to video production, the same applies. You 'might' save a wee bit of time after the rendering is all done in the displaying of the product, but even with your processor expect to take quite a bit of time (go get a coffee) while rendering a complex re-touch in CS4, and in say Maya 3d go get lunch while it processes and renders.
I agree with Mazier's assessment. As to video production, the same applies. You 'might' save a wee bit of time after the rendering is all done in the displaying of the product, but even with your processor expect to take quite a bit of time[...]
Indeed, photoshop tends to take its sweet time. Would a faster processor rather than a faster video card help? Would i7 860 be much of an advantage? (yes, I know there is a different section of the forum for processors, but since we're already talking...). I was thinking about it, but read some other threads, most of them were not enthusiastic about i7 860 and tended to steer folks toward i7 920. My configuration is still planned, I can change it.
The potential minus for the i7 860 was also the amount of memory one can affordably (using 2GB sticks) put into the system - 8 vs. 12 for the 920. I know Photoshop will not take advantage of it anyway, but I am thinking of potential video work - that probably would use it, I think?
Thanks for all your advice. The last computer I put together was close to 2 decades ago. It was laptops ever since (docked and connected to a decent monitor while at my desk). I am ready for a real computer again (besides my laptop), but am a bit behind on hardware specs.
With respect to Maz, I believe he has it wrong. Most photo/video editing/production programs only use the CPU and ram to do their work. Only the newest versions would even consider using the GPU. Even then it would be a CUDA aware program so you'd need an Nvidia GPU to make it work. Other then that the only job the video card is to output the things you see so you can see what you've done.
Seeing as you have a 1080P monitor, you'll need something to handle that res for whatever light gaming you want to do. If your programs aren't CUDA aware, then I'd get the 5770. This will be enough for light gaming at 1920x1080, and give you Eyefinity. Multi monitor usage is a must for Photoshop work.
i dont know what kind of "processing" you intend to do
From start to finish. Probably nothing challenging at first, hopefully progress to more interesting things. For now I want to do it as a hobby, then see if I can use it in my work once I understand it a little better.