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Journeyman III

New graphics card - recommendations

Hi everybody!

(First of all: I am German, so sorry for my English.)

I am looking for a new graphics card for the following system / requirement profile:


  • Windows 10 64bit
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Intel i7-860 2.80 GHz (I haven't planned an upgrade yet from today's perspective)
  • Motherboard Asus P7P55D EVO Motherboard with Intel Socket 1156 (from 2009)
  • Power supply Enermax Modu82+ 625W
  • Monitor 24 Inch Dell UlatraSharp U2410; working at 1920 x 1200 resolution


  • MS Office
  • Complex image processing (RAW files) with Photoshop (max. about 15 layers) or Capture One
  • rarely games, currently only World Racing 2 (from 2010)

Requirement for graphics card:

  • together with the monitor the highest possible colour fidelity due to image processing
  • powerful to have really good reserves for the future (e.g. image processing software with higher hardware requirements, larger monitor with higher resolution, using two monitors), but no high-end card as it is often needed for today's games (no issue for me)
  • but at the same time as quiet as possible when working with the above mentioned programs;
    I have already thought about a passively cooled card, but I am in doubt here concerning performance reserves for the future; this is why I would prefer a card with as quiet fans as possible, which should not start at all taking into consideration my current work and the used software
  • corresponding with my requirement concerning loudness of course limited heat development
  • Budget: max. approx. 600 € / 660 $

If my power supply should not be sufficient for a recommendable graphics card, I would buy a suitable one.

Many thanks for every hint in advance!

1 Reply

Re: New graphics card - recommendations

Considering this would be a professional build with almost no gaming involved, I'd strongly suggest a Firepro professional level card, as it supports advanced features of Photoshop that Radeon cards do not (by Adobe's forcing). I would suggest asking for recommendations on the Adobe forums.