Some advice please. I've looked at the "Best Graphics Cards For The Money" pages, and the pages start by stating that they are aimed at Gamers. I have never played and will never play a game in my life, so the opinions there are not so relevant.
So I'd appreciate any help on my simple(ish) requirements to see if I can extened the life of a stand-alone old PC I use only for photography
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE:£100 ish ($150) Max After Rebates
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Lightroom, ProShow Producer, Adobe Premiere Elements, Office, IE browsing. The PC will NEVER be used for gaming
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:nvidia geForce 6600GT 650W PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU AMD AM2 3.02GHz MOBO Asus M2N4-SLI Memory 4Gb Vista Home Premium
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Amazon UK
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:UK
PARTS PREFERENCES:No preferences
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe SLI, but presumably twice the price, so ideally Not.
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920 x 1200 & 1280 & 1024
This is for an old PC used as a stand alone for photo work. It is adequate currently, but slow, and I cannot justify a new PC as my main family one was recently replaced. Photodex, the manufacturers of ProShow Producer
•Accelerated 3D graphics – 512MB ram or higher" as it uses GPU acceleration.
In Jan this year they suggested to a user
" .... a modern mid-level card will give you buttery-smooth playback of almost any show you throw at it. On top of that, the framerate within ProShow is capped at your monitor's refresh rate (usually 60hz, and therefore capped at 60fps), so a gaming-level card probably won't really give you any benefit. I think you'll find the combination of a Core i7 and a Radeon 6770 to be pretty awesome when it comes to GPU acceleration. ....."
I don't have Core i7, so not sure if Radeon 6770 would be relevant/suitable. I'm quite happy building PC's, but I've never really understood thye complex world of Graphics.
@ Colmc: Geekapproved makes a good set of recommedations, anything more powerful is into mid-range gaming terratory, I'd say the 7750 is probably the best for your needs.
A few other places to shop: Dabs, Misco, Scan, Overclockers, Pixmania, Ebuyer Eclipse Computers and Aria...Amongst others .
Do n't pay more for overclocked cards but look at the cooler: A quiet cooler makes the system so much more pleasant to use.
Look to pay around £90-100.
having a more powerful GPU isn't just necessary for gaming... GPU accelerated rendering can speed up photoshop a lot... My computer out performs my friends by a sizable margin because i got a mid/high end GPU as opposed to his low end GPU...
The gtx550ti is the nvidia equivalent of an amd radeon hd 6770. This particular card has 2 gigs of ram, it's 139.99 after rebate, the reviews are good. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 free with registration.
Note: this card requires one 6-pin power connector from your power supply unit. Since your computer is so old, I'm afraid it will not have the connector. Then, the next best card which doesn't require 6-pin connector is HD 7750: