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Re: off topic--advice on pc graphics card

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  • Subject: Re: off topic--advice on pc graphics card
  • From: Dan Burkholder <fdanb@aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2008 15:02:16 -0400
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Hey Lain,

I have TWO systems that need better everything. The laptop has to come first since, with the old G4 Powerbook, I can't demo CS4's new features (some of them anyway) and a part of my life is teaching stuff like that. Since the video circuitry is pretty much non-upgradeable, a new laptop is called for there.

The desktop machine that does most of my personal digital heavy lifting will be upgraded in the next four months. To tell you the truth, I'd like to see Apple freshen their box so when I look at the new computer, I really feel like it's a NEW gizmo sitting on the desk. Make sense? So in the mean time, it's an easy (and as you point out, inexpensive) deal to just throw in a better video card that'll make the new CS4 bells and whistles breath with ease.

I'm not sure about the "on-board graphics system" you mention. You may mean something else but if you're talking about systems in which RAM is shared by the video sub-system, I've seen nothing good on PCs using that setup, not when it comes to Photoshop at least. I don't think any Mac tower units resort to that sort of on-board graphics, which is probably a good thing.




On Oct 1, 2008, at 2:10 PM, Iain wrote:

Why not go for a system with an up-to-date on-board graphics system rather than a separate card? If that should prove inadequate you can always add a budget graphics card later for ~ $50 or so.