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Poll Results: Which Card?

 
  • 0% (0)
    ATI Radeon X800XT 256MB DDR3 256 Bit 16 pixel pipelines
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    Asus geforce 8400gs 512MB DDR2
  • 0% (0)
    Geforce 310 512 MB DDR3 Dell OEM
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    AMD HD 5450 512MB DDR3 Dell OEM
  • 33% (1)
    2x AMD HD 5450 512MB DDR3 Dell OEM
  • 66% (2)
    EVGA GeForce GT 610 1GB 64-bit DDR3
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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I need help figuring out which of my many cheap graphics cards to use in a build for my brother.

he plans on using 2 1080p monitors for CS6 photoshop illustrator and fireworks work.

the system:

AMD Phenom II 965BE
Asus M5A97 LE r2.0
8GB hynix 1333 memory cas9
320GB toshiba 2.5" hard drive
APEVIA 680W SLI Ready Power Supply
BitFenix Shinobi case

there are 2 PCI-E slots on this board, and he doesn't plan to game.

I'll post the spec's the best I can

Cards to chose from:
ATI Radeon X800XT 256MB DDR3 256 Bit 16 pixel pipelines

Asus geforce 8400gs 512MB DDR2 just started displaying artifacts like 20 mins ago with dual monitors, so its out

geforce 310 512 MB DDR3 Dell OEM

2x AMD HD 5450 512MB DDR3 Dell OEM (crossfire is supported, not sure if that helps in photoshop though lol)

EVGA GeForce GT 610 1GB 64-bit DDR3


and just for giggles:
BFG GeForce 6200 256MB DDR PCI

theres also a super small chance I can put in a gtx 470...... but that seems like such a shame....
Edited by bobaffett - 7/27/13 at 6:07pm
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Theres a Poll tooo!
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post #3 of 8
the GT610 1GB is most likely the fastest of the bunch, followed by the HD5450.
Give him one of either. No need crossfire because it wont do anything with adobe.

He'll be able to play some older games on those like COD 4 Modern Warfare 1 and Left 4 Dead.
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Yeah I ended up going with the 610, to my surise, when I installed it it had 2gb of on-board memory smile.gif
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post #5 of 8
Really doesn't matter which card you use...photoshop is far more cpu dependent & it likes a lot of ram thumb.gif
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yeah, I wanted to bump him to 16GB of RAM and a cheap SSD for the scratch disk, but I couldnt afford it.. Ended up doing 8GB and a Raid array on 2.5 inch drives (hopefully better seek time)
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post #7 of 8
16gb ram is a bit overkill for photoshop and illustrator.
The 8GB you got is more than enough.

The highest ram usage I got in photoshop was around 6GB and that was with tons of .PSD files open
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post #8 of 8
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he works on poster sized documents at 300 DPI so 8GB honestly isnt enough if you use the history palette

but for most stuff, I think he will be happy
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