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Computer question - video cards
I'm thinking of getting a new computer - faster, bigger, better - everything I can get. I use my computer for video and photo editing with Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. New computer would come with Photoshop CS4.

Do I want a dedicated video card or an intergrated one? Intel X4500 or  nVidia 8800GT have been suggested. 

I'm told the new IGPs are better than earlier versions. But I want what will work the best. The new computer will have an Intel Q8200 Quad Core processor, 750Gb HD, 4Gb memory, 580W power supply and a Gigabyte P45 motherboard. That's today's version anyway.

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johnpalmer From: johnpalmer Date: June 6th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not nearly the expert I could be in video cards, but for video and photo editing in real time, you probably want a dedicated video card. The dedicated hardware is going to be faster than the general purpose hardware. (That is: the video card is built to do video; the CPU is built to do everything. As you can guess, the video card does video a lot faster.)

And you want a 64 bit OS. The video card and other peripherals take up some memory space, so you don't even really get 4 gigs of memory without a 64 bit OS.

johnpalmer From: johnpalmer Date: June 6th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh: yes, there are relatively decent bits of video hardware on motherboards these days, usually enough to decode H264 in high def smoothly... but dedicated video cards tend to be far more powerful. And, again, if you're going to be editing in real time, you want that extra power.

Now, if you're doing something like a video conversion that you can queue up and walk away from, you probably don't need that much more power (assuming you're not in a situation where you have to queue up so much that it never ends in a reasonable amount of time). And, of course, you always have the option of not buying the card until you decide you need it. Every 2-3 months you wait, a newer card will come out making the less-new cards cheaper.

But any time you're doing real-time work, you probably want the extra power. Forget how many billions of calculations the computer is doing, over four times as many as it could just a couple years back... you still don't want to wait those ten seconds for a result that could be done in 2 :-).
sueschus From: sueschus Date: June 7th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, John, for responding. I don't do real time - definitely conversions in the wee hours. I call my 'productions' "Night Blooming ID-ahs" for that reason. ;)

I'm thinking I can go with the IGP for now, but get a heftier power supply in case I add a dedicated card later.

64 bit OS? Yes, I've heard of it, but will my little 'daily' programs work with it? The configuration I'm looking at comes with Windows XP Professional SP3 plus a ton of software (CS4, Office 2007 Enterprise, Nero, Adobe Reader & Acrobat Professional, and more) Plus I use some Canon software and stuff like Printshop, Roots Magic, etc. I'm going to talk to the guy on Monday. I will ask him about a 64 bit OS.

Thanks again for your reply.
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