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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Graphics Card Suggestions

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September 6, 2010 2:37:58 AM

I am building a system that will be used to process photographs with Adobe CS4. I also do some on an off video editing. I do play some games but noting that requires a chiller to keep the GPU from burning.

I have no idea what to pick as a GPU or a manufacture. Should I go with 512k or 1024K ram? Should I go with DDR3, DDR5 ram? I have the room for a double slot card but I do not need this kind of power.

Never had these kind of problems with CGA, EGA and VGA. The manufactures were all the same for the most part. It all came down to who had the best firmware and driver. I need to get back in to my time machine because I want my DOS prompt back:) 



THANKS,
BILL
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September 6, 2010 3:01:03 AM

I'd recommend you get a ATI 5770, It will fulfill all your needs, it's a good gaming card and your photoshop should work great with it. I think it only comes in 1GB?!? but it wouldn't use more than that amount if it tried I don't think.

Whats your current PSU, CPU and motherboard. also whats your current price range/country. This will narrow down the best card for you.
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September 6, 2010 3:04:15 AM

GPU has nothing on PS performance, maybe on video editing if you're using Premiere.

A card like the 4650/4670/5550/5570 or GT240 would be great. For these cards 512MB is adequate, however, Memory type will help, try at least to get a GDDR3 card.

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September 6, 2010 3:07:42 AM

Keeping in mind he doe's play some games also, and giving him room to get new ones with decent settings/old ones with full eyecandy the 5770 is good. Correct Timop!?!
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September 6, 2010 3:09:52 AM

Depends on what he plays and how much he wants to spend. He did state: "I have the room for a double slot card but I do not need this kind of power."

When the games he play are 5 years old, there no point of getting a 5770.
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September 6, 2010 3:15:10 AM

True... However even if that is so he may like to get a newer game.

~ It doesn't require an unreasonable amount of power.
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September 6, 2010 3:43:53 AM

I am using a Gigabyte P55A-UD4P with an Intel i5-760 and 4GB of ram. I will be running XP x64 and Windows 7 but on different HDDs.

I want room to grow in GPU without breaking the bank.

I opted to my money in the motherboard, cpu and power supply (850 watts) first.

The video card is the easiest to upgrade in the future but I do not want to start of with a dog.

Bill
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September 6, 2010 3:47:27 AM

Dog means how? What games do you plan to run.
Compared to IGPs, all the card I listed can run circles around them, But if you want to play modern games on high settings go ahead with a HD5770 or wait for the 6700/GTS450.
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September 6, 2010 3:56:29 AM

My idea of games, right now, is Plants vs Zombies. It tends to relax me.

Now sure what my son is going to want to play as he gets older. He is 9 now.

I need to insure the system is stable and reliable. Then I will buy a system HDD for my son. When he needs to use the computer, I will just swap out the system drives.
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September 6, 2010 3:57:55 AM

Then get a 512MB 4650/4670/5550/5570 or GT240, neither of then suck much power, runs cool and have passive solutions for no added noise.
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September 6, 2010 4:01:38 AM

Of the 4650/4670/5550/5570 that you mention, does this go from least to best?

I did look at a couple of 5570s on Amazon and Newegg. I did not see one true winner. The reviews were all over the place. This was true for other video boards too.
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September 6, 2010 4:08:09 AM

Pretty much, price wise also.

Dont bother about the review too much, unless its 2 stars and everyone's complaining about one or select issue youll be fine. Defects do happen. Just read the 1-star reviews and see how much makes sense.

However, some better brands in terms of reputation are EVGA, XFX, ASUS, Sapphire, Gigabyte, MSI.
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September 6, 2010 5:11:04 AM

I was just looking at the following two cards. Both are in my price range.

GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX for $170.00

GIGABYTE GV-R583UD-1GD Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX for $190.00

I take it that these are a step above the 5570???

What is your opinion on these for my applications?

THANKS again for the help!!!!!!!!
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September 6, 2010 5:14:08 AM

GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX for $170.00

That card suit's you best.

If you're going as high as a 5830 I suggest you'd be better off just getting a GTX 460 for $179 or so.
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September 6, 2010 2:55:33 PM

wleger said:
I was just looking at the following two cards. Both are in my price range.

GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX for $170.00

GIGABYTE GV-R583UD-1GD Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX for $190.00

I take it that these are a step above the 5570???

What is your opinion on these for my applications?

THANKS again for the help!!!!!!!!

The 5770 is about twice the performance of a 5570 then the 5830 20% better, but for you there really no reason to get one. Its 2 slots, has a fan and needs 6-pins.

Unless your son wants to play Crysis or extremely demanding games, the highest and Id suggest is a 5670, which is a step above the 5570.
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September 6, 2010 3:23:49 PM

andrewcutter said:
hello ...... photoshop does use a bit of gpu. furthur info on this link

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405745.html

Abit does not equal alot.
He does not need a high-end gaming GPU to do basic OpenGL acceleration. IGPs can do it fine.
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September 14, 2010 2:02:05 AM

The systems is built and working. I do not have to worry about the wife beating my head in with a hammer.

I decided to buy the GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX.

The board will cost $150 after the rebate.

This is probably overkill but it will allow me to branch out in the future.

I now have to rearrange the rats nest in side of the case.

THANKS for all the HELP!!!
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September 14, 2010 2:24:02 AM

Haha, Have fun...

Should be able to game a bit too :) 
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