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I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card as I'm having problems with the graphics acceleration features in Photoshop. At best they’re very temperamental at worst they make the whole program crash. Here is a Speccy of my computer. I want to keep this computer running for a couple more years basically

My Comp -
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
Yorkfield 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (5-5-5-18)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5Q (LGA 775)
Graphics
QHD DVI (2560x1440@59Hz)
Panasonic-TV (1920x1080@60Hz)
512MB GeForce 9800 GTX+ (Undefined)

I’m a real beginner when it comes to graphics. I’m not a gamer so haven’t needed to know much. I’m guessing that it is my graphics card that is doing this to photoshop, so that is why I am looking to upgrade. Any advice would be great! Thanks in advance
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Just need to know your budget
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One problem I see for you is the low amount of Vram your card has for your large monitor

your motherboard does not support SLI so for a multi card solution you will be limited to AMD

Any new gen graphics card would be an improvement over your 9800GTX+, not that it is a bad card, it is just lacking in vram for your application
I would suggest getting the card with the most vram and cores that you pocket book will allow

also have you tried doing a clean install of the latest Nvidia drivers?
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for your replies. I don't have a budget as such but don't wont to go over the top as i am planning on upgrading my computer in a couple of years.
Yes i have all the latest Nvidia drivers, i thought that might be an issue. Thanks slickwilly I will look using your specs. smile.gif
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So after doing a bit of reading i invariably have more questions smile.gif
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your motherboard does not support SLI so for a multi card solution you will be limited to AMD
When you say this do you mean i would have to buy 2 AMD cards as I cannot run Nvidia with AMD?

So you think my best option is to replace my existing card with a new Nvidia rather than go down that route? I'm looking to spend no more than £200 do you have any recommendations?

I have just read about this on my feed that looks interesting but is AMD http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/graphics-cards/club3d-hd-7870-xt-jokercard-1134784/review?src=rss&attr=all

Thanks for any help
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Only if you wanted to run a multiple card setup.
Since you have stated you don't game much I would suggest researching which card works best for your needs AMD or Nvidia and get one with a large amount of Vram
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