I just upgraded to one of those korean 27" lcds and need to purchase a video card that supports dual-link dvi output; currently I have on-board intel 3000 which does not support necessary outputs and resolutions.
Computer will NOT be used for gaming, but will be used for heavy photo processing (ie photoshop)....
Please suggest which video card to purchase for the lowest amount of money and one that will meet my photo needs for years to come.
comp specs: (I did not purchase vid card as I do not play games on comp)
Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2
Thanks for the suggestion! It led me to ASUS ENGT430 DC SL/DI/1GD3 GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...... I'd prefer to having a d-sub input and it looks like its clocked a little higher... same price too... thoughts?
If you want good Photoshop performance over the next few years, I would go with a more modern GPU. Each generation the hardware manufacturers add shader features. Currently Photoshop wants you to have Shader Level 3.0, but you can bet than in 5 years they will want (or require) a higher level of support. Notice I say "modern". I would prefer a lower power GPU from the latest generation to a higher power GPU from the previous generation for Photoshop, even though the older card might work faster in games. Unless you think you are going to upgrade your graphics card again when a new version of Photoshop comes out.
Again, without a budget, I can't make a recommendation. nVidia is a little behind AMD in introducing this generation of cards: there is no real low-end GTX 600 series card from nVidia. Also, this generation of nVidia card is not as good at double-precision as the AMD cards, and I suspect some Photoshop filters will use double precision. I'd look at a 7750 or 7770 series card, or go higher up if you can afford it. These cards have 1 dual-link dvi port. If you buy a second dvi monitor, you'll have to get an adapter or go with an nVidia card in the current generation.