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Thanks guys wit ht he hd 5550, should I go for 512mb ddr3 or 1gb ddr2?
512MB if working on one monitor up to 1600x900, 1GB if working with full-HD or multi-monitor.

By right 512MB should be more than enough, but just in-case.
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Couldn't agree more. Also the ATi suggestion is a nice one because having more then one monitor working with Photoshop/video-editing is very useful if she wants to down the road.




512 DDR3. She wont be gaming at a high res or anything so she wont need the extra ram.
The nVidia cards should have the multi-monitor support as well, but I don't recommend them because of many others' better experiences with ATI cards.


@OP: Get the Athlon and save some money.
Overclocking is point moot here.
Many people do just fine in Photoshop with 2GHz C2D's, so the AII X4 is plenty powerful.
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post #13 of 34
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The nVidia cards should have the multi-monitor support as well, but I don't recommend them because of many others' better experiences with ATI cards.
Well where I do my Photoshop work we have 3+ monitors on each system and it is very nice for multitasking. (And I don't think any nvidia card past the GTX4XX have that right?)
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Well where I do my Photoshop work we have 3+ monitors on each system and it is very nice for multitasking.
On Eyefinity eh?

Nice setup.
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Yeah, Smykster, a quad is fine for Photoshop.. unless you're working with ridiculously large images. Then I might consider a hex-core. 4GB ram is generally plenty for now, and unless you're ever going to delve deep into video editing or 3DS Max.. then most of what Volvo recommended seems fine.
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And for RAM, you'll never need more than 4GB
Even two should be fine, but give it 4 to be safe.
Quoth Bill Gates that one shall never need more than 640K RAM, nevermore.
    
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I pretty much agree with Volvo except I say more RAM. You can never have too much. PhotoShop loves more RAM and if she's going to get more serious she'll appreciate it.

A cheapo NVIDIA card would suffice if you wanna spend 50 on it. I use a 9800gt for my PhotoShop rig. Helps dramatically with render times (filters).

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post #18 of 34
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On Eyefinity eh?

Nice setup.
Yeah at my school we have that. I guess I'm lucky to be offered that form my school. Now only if I could get that at my house!
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I pretty much agree with Volvo except I say more RAM. You can never have too much. PhotoShop loves more RAM and if she's going to get more serious she'll appreciate it.

A cheapo NVIDIA card would suffice if you wanna spend 50 on it. I use a 9800gt for my PhotoShop rig. Helps dramatically with render times (filters).

Sent from my HTC Incredible.
Agreed with the GPU part.

Buy used if you want the best bang-for-buck.

The ATI image quality thing still stands though.

As a frequent Photoshop user, I find the differences between a 7300GT and an X1300PRO, vast.
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post #20 of 34
Heres a SWEET 5550

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150492

I really enjoy seeing "Lifetime Warranty" on XFX cards. Its almost a luxury. ;D
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