Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Photoshop - advice choosing my new HP

14 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
Photoshop - advice choosing my new HP

I am purchasing a new computer and software. I plan to get the HP Pavilion Elite 180t desktop. I've been using the old Photoshop CS for a few years, but I will be upgrading to Photoshop CS4. I will be using it to do layering for posters and for enhancing digital photos. I do not do gaming. I've read about problems some users have with speed and the graphics card. The Adobe site shows that they have tested two of the following graphics cards. What else should I know before I choose one of the following upgrades, if any? Thanks for any advice you can give.

1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
Performance-level graphics. Value price
Included in priceId : AX077AV Price : 120.00 EPP Price : 0.00 MIR : 0.00 IR : 0.00

For enhanced multimedia experience
+$20.00Id : AX078AV Price : 140.00 EPP Price : 0.00 MIR : 0.00 IR : 0.00

1GB ATI Radeon HD 4850 [2 DVI, HDMI and VGA adapters]
ATI`s TeraScale graphics engine delivers an immersive, cinematic gaming experience
+$80.00Id : NY965AV Price : 200.00 EPP Price : 0.00 MIR : 0.00 IR : 0.00

1.8GB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 260 [2 DVI, HDMI and VGA adapters]
Gaming and media enthusiast graphics performance 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

I can't provide information on comparing those cards for Photoshop CS4. CS4 can use the graphics card to accelerate some functions:

GPU accelerated features in Photoshop CS4 and Bridge CS4

It looks like all of the cards would support those features. The Radeon 4850 and nVidia GTX 260 are both relatively high-end cards for gaming, but whether their additional power would be at all helpful for Photoshop, I don't know.

It may be more important to getWin7 X64 with lots of RAM, as the 64 bit version of PS CS4 can use it. I'd suggest the 12, 18, or 24 GB configurations, as they'd support the triple channel memory feature (maximum possible bandwidth). The 64 bit version can't use 32 bit plugins, though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

My suggestion would be if you can afford it always buy the best. As posted above I think the more Ram the better no matter which card you choose. Fabe
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

4650, and 8GB DDR3 1333MHz minimum. As has been noted 32-bit plugins will not work on 7 x86-64.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Photoshop - advice choosing my new HP

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
I need an advice in choosing new PSU
Hello, My backup computer's PSU (Enermax Triathlor 550W) was malfunctioning and after warranty service check it was beyond repairs. Since this model was not available for sale anymore they offered me to choose a new one from my retailer shop and pay the price difference. I have two choices: 1)...
Hardware & Devices
Upgrading Motherboard from Z77P-d3 and need advice choosing!
Hello all, I am upgrading my z77p-d3 motherboard as i was told it cannot my overclocked. i was recommended GA-Z68XP-UD3 but i cannot find one for sale anywhere. what is a good motherboard to go for? I dont mind paying a little more for a better board either. specs are 1155 intel 3770k GPU is...
Hardware & Devices
Advice on choosing new laptop
My dad has an old Acer running XP 1Gb Ram slow CPU and now support has come to an end hes looking to buy a new one hes seen a couple but i just thought id ask if theres any preference. Now we are in the UK so not sure if that helps or hinders the choices if you going to suggest places to buy. ...
General Discussion
Some Photoshop Advice needed!
Hello, Ive recently got my hands on Photoshop CC , Im looking for some useful sites with tutorials etc, also some resource sites, eg. Deviantart etc, cheers
Advice needed for choosing a new router
The best thread I found searching is this one: But the latest posts are two years old so I want to be sure my information is current. What I now have is a personal desktop computer connected directly to a...
Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:13.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App