Now the new ones are out.. I need help!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheHoffmeister, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. TheHoffmeister macrumors newbie

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    I need this for Photoshop and things like that to aid my photography etc..

    Probably use office also etc..

    I want the 24" version, but which GFX card would be fine?
    I know nothing about cards. Also would 2.66 be ok for me?

    Thanks!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Things like Office and Photoshop don't take advantage of the graphics card, except in rare circumstances.

    If you play games, then you should look at getting one with dedicated graphics.
     
  3. TheHoffmeister thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M would suffice for me?
     
  4. MACoconut macrumors regular

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    2.66 will work fine for you i guess.

    unless you need the graphics card for some gaming :D
     
  5. TheHoffmeister thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dont play games, not very good at them so gave up years ago lol!
     
  6. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Depends what version of Photoshop he's using. If he's using CS4 (the latest version) then a graphics card will help massively with photography work in Photoshop, especially if he's using large photo files or RAW files.
    http://gizmodo.com/393137/photoshop...card-to-run-at-light-speed-do-fancy-3d-tricks
     
  7. TheHoffmeister thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do shoot in both raw+jpeg. I will be using CS4.

    That cuts it down to two of the top 2. Still with regards to gfx card, should it be the 120 or 130 card?

    Thanks.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I know about CS4, but the performance gains can't possibly be that much - it will help, but I can't see it doubling or tripling the processor speed.
     
  9. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

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    i would go with the top end when i use photoshop. i do notice a difference between a card with 256 and one with 512 when working with very large images. All of the imacs will allow you to do photoshop the higher end ones will just be faster.
     
  10. TheHoffmeister thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all, ended up with the 3.06 24" and the 512mb gfx one.

    Looking forward to going Mac!
     
  11. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

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    Good choice, nice rule of thumb is to buy the best you can afford! Well in most circumstances anyway.
     

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