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Upgrading from Geforce 9800 Gt

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month BUDGET RANGE: $150 - $200

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photographic tools: CS5, Lightroom, Capture One,
Gaming: Diablo 3, etc.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT, stock 350 watt

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Hp Pavillion M9500t
Intel Quad cpu Q8300 @ 2.5ghz
8gb ram
64 bit windows 7


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Newegg or any reliable US store

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference

OVERCLOCKING: not needed
CROSSFIRE: no idea what this means

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Dual monitor setup, must be quiet
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  1. Best answer
    unfortuantly since you have the stock 350 watt your choices are limited to pretty much a 550ti (that is pushing it to be honest)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

    here is a 550ti but I would really consider you get a better powersupply first and then you can get a more potent card.
  2. i suggest a 7770, uses less power and performs really well.
  3. ^^I thought that too but he put gpu rendering tasks first before gaming so I went with the "CUDA CORES" route....even though I hear AMD has been making good advances when it comes to gpu rendering
  4. CS5 i believe only has CUDA support so...
  5. cuda in PS isn't all that even with "the hack" (not all gpus are qualified in adobe)
    Quote:
    Maddeningly, Photoshop CS5 still does not support any native CUDA-accelerated functions, leaving us in the same boat as After Effects...until we realized that some plug-ins for Photoshop actually use CUDA. Sweet! When we found Digital Anarchy’s Beauty Box Photo plug-in, it was love at first sight.

    Photoshop CS5: CUDA

    it does use openGL though without any limitations.
  6. I appreciate the input! Thank you!
  7. The 550ti works great!!!
  8. Best answer selected by imgene.
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