Video card for Adobe PhotoShop?

By charvey
Oct 30, 2005
  1. Greetings,
    I'm building a 'puter to use solely for digital image editing (with PhotoShop) and am uncertain if I can just buy a motherboard with a video chipset on it or will I really gain anything by buying a high-end video card? I will not be playing games.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Posts: 259

    it sorta depends mostly on what type of editing but i would suggest going with a video card as well. that way you won't come unstuck... look for an ATI 9600/9800 at least... Nvidia has some good ones too, go with at least a fx5700..

    you should also post the specs of the motherboard, is it PCI-Express or AGP 8x?
  3. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot!

    pkroks is spot on.
    Addin video takes a big load off the CPU, Ram and pagefile.
    It will shorten render times significantly.
    The problem with onboard video is the shared system ram.

    You could get by quite well with a mid range video card 128mb.

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