Graphics card for photoshop CS4

  madmazzy 16:06 30 Sep 2009

My daughter is doing a photography course at college and has been told she will be using CS4. (The college provides a student licensed version). She says that the graphics we have is not suitable -ATI X300. What would be you recommend for a limited budget? The computer is an Acer T180 Sempron processor 3500 150 gig H/D and 1.5 Meg memory. PCI express but I believe it only runs 8x not 16. Should I be looking to replace completely?

  hssutton 16:18 30 Sep 2009

I'm not up on graphics card, but you do need one that supports Open GL. Here are the recommended minimum specs. click here

This is the card I use and it works perfectly Nvidia geoforce 8600 GT with 256 mb ram.

  donki 16:52 30 Sep 2009

supported cards

nVidia geForce
nVidia 260 GTX 896MB
nVidia 9800 GTX 512MB
nVidia 9600 GT 512MB
nVidia 8800 GTX 768MB
nVidia 8800 GT 512MB
nVidia 8600M 256MB
nVidia 7900 GTX 512MB
nVidia 7900 GS 256MB
nVidia 7800 GTX 256MB
nVidia 7600 256MB
nVidia 6800 256MB

nVidia Quadro
Quadro FX 4600 768 MB
Quadro FX 4500 512MB
Quadro FX 4400 512MB
Quadro FX 3700 512MB
Quadro FX 3500 256MB
Quadro FX 1700 512MB
Quadro FX 1500 256MB
Quadro FX 1400 -128MB
Quadro FX 570 -256MB
Quadro FX 370 256MB

ATI Radeon
ATI Radeon 4850 512 MB
Radeon x3870 x2 512MB
Radeon x2900HD 512MB
ATI Radeon HD 2400 256MB
Radeon x1900XT 512MB
ATI Radeon x1800 - 512MB
Radeon x1800 256MB

ATI Fire GL 7700 512 MB
ATI Fire GL 7600 512 MB
Fire GL V7200 256MB
ATI Fire GL 5600 512MB
Fire GL V3600 256MB
Fire GL 3350 256 MB

Take your pick from the list, you could pick up some of the lower entry cards easily on eBay for under £40. CS4 can be CPU intensive so if your daughter is doing some extreme editing their could be some slow down with your CPU but it should be ok.

  madmazzy 20:42 30 Sep 2009

Thanks for that list donki. The X300 will be replaced - probably go with a nVidia 9600 which fits my budget.

  GaT7 21:00 30 Sep 2009

If an ATI Radeon HD 2400 256MB figures in the list, you can go for a lot lower than a 9600. Also, the Acer T180 is unlikely to have a PSU that's powerful enough to power a card that requires a dedicated PCI-E connector - a 9600 might be one such GPU.

Nvidia specs for the 9600GT click here, with power requirements under the 'Specifications' tab. There appears to be 2 models - 96W & 59W - with the former requiring more power that the latter, in addition to the dedicated 6-pin connector.

Adobe Photoshop click here forum may be the best place to ask which GPU on a budget is likely to be suitable.

Optimize performance of Photoshop CS4 on Windows XP and Vista click here could be useful too. G

  madmazzy 21:10 30 Sep 2009

You are right crossbow it is only 350 watt and has no available connectors so I'll look at less powerful cards or maybe a new build.

  Audio~~Chip 21:41 30 Sep 2009

Like the mistake I made, I just got a new PCiExpress 512 PowerColour PCS+ 4850 and it wonna fit into my Antec Solo case.

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