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Which Graphics Card to buy

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Hi,

Just been reading the latest newsletter that contains info on using a dedicated graphics card.

I am looking into buying one for my three year old HP Desktop running the latest version of LR Calssic and Win10. Based on the spec in the newsletter, there seems to be a few to chose from when searching the web. I don't do any gaming to speak of, but want to get a card that will give faster results for Photo-editing.

Can any users tell us which standalone graphics card they currently use.

Many thanks

Mike
 

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Hi,

Just been reading the latest newsletter that contains info on using a dedicated graphics card.

I am looking into buying one for my three year old HP Desktop running the latest version of LR Calssic and Win10. Based on the spec in the newsletter, there seems to be a few to chose from when searching the web. I don't do any gaming to speak of, but want to get a card that will give faster results for Photo-editing.

Can any users tell us which standalone graphics card they currently use.

Many thanks

Mike
New graphics cards are released very frequently, so that sorting though different models can be daunting. However, you should first determine if your system supports PCI-E 2 or 3. If your system supports only PCI-E, then there is little value in paying for a PCI-E 3 card. If your system does support PCI-3, for best performance be sure to get a graphics card that also supports that standard.
 
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Hi Phil,

Yes my PC does have a PCI-E 3 slot.

There seems to be a massive number of cards about that also support that spec.

I was wondering what other members of the forum were using?

Regards

Mike
 

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Hi Phil,

Yes my PC does have a PCI-E 3 slot.

There seems to be a massive number of cards about that also support that spec.

I was wondering what other members of the forum were using?

Regards

Mike
Mike,

Then consider only cards that also support PCI-E version 3. Some recently released motherboards now support PCI-E version 4 and before long there will be graphics cards that support PCI-E verson 4. Don't pay the premium for such cards.

Phil Burton
 
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