What Graphics card would you recommend?

I have the z68ap-d3 Gigabyte mother board and an i7 processor. I also have the thermaltake v4 case and a 750watt power supply. I need a graphics card that can run dual monitors. I need it to be cheap but effective. I DO NOT GAME ON IT. I use my computer for music and for photoshop/website design. Thank you for your help.
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  1. Photoshop CS5 I think has Cuda acceleration, which means a half decent graphics card could speed it up. You just have to go into options and set the mercury engine to use the GPU. I think the gt 440 would be a good starting point. It's cheap too.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134135
    $50 after rebate, you're not going to find many cards cheaper.

    It supports dual monitors for sure, as every card in the last few years does. Some support 3 to 6 monitors even.

    EDIT: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/adobe-cs5-cuda-64-bit,2770-3.html
    looks like that card isn't officially supported by nVidia, but can be hacked to be used.


    I'd recommend a better card, though, if you want to speed it up a lot. For $110, gts 550 ti. For $200, gtx 560 or 560 ti. For 250, gtx 560 ti 448 core. For $320, gtx 570.
  2. amuffin said:
    6670


    Get nVidia for CS5 cuda acceleration
  3. Awesome thank you for your help. I have never heard of the brand you selected on newegg. Do they build good cards? Should I go for a different brand? Again thank you for helping me out.
  4. 6670 is the way to go for sure. Awesome value card. Super cheap, dual monitors, some brands 6670s can do three I believe. Super cheap. Can run some games if you need to. Don't bother with graphics accelerated rendering like cuda. Not worth it. Ssd may show some improvement too.
  5. Kronk42583 said:
    6670 is the way to go for sure. Awesome value card. Super cheap, dual monitors, some brands 6670s can do three I believe. Super cheap. Can run some games if you need to. Don't bother with graphics accelerated rendering like cuda. Not worth it. Ssd may show some improvement too.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/adobe-cs5-cuda-64-bit,2770-12.html

    need I say more?

    Mind, it's not going to make a huge improvement in all aspects, but considering how close it is to the AMD cards it seems like the obvious choice.
  6. adiamant11 said:
    Awesome thank you for your help. I have never heard of the brand you selected on newegg. Do they build good cards? Should I go for a different brand? Again thank you for helping me out.


    It's a pretty cheapo brand, but that's a pretty low-end card. It doesn't need a good cooler and will be stressed less. If you want a 570, I'd go with a more well-known brand.

    Please, don't get a 6670. There is absolutely no advantage to getting an AMD card that good since you don't game. I'd recommend max a 5450 AMD because it's soo cheap. Like 1/3 the price. And you won't notice the difference if you don't game. If you don't want to go the nVidia route with CUDA acceleration, that's what I'd recommend - a Radeon 5450.
  7. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125366

    What about the gigabyte version of that card? The reason is the fan sound but im not sure how the quality is between the two.
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