Best Graphics Card for Photo Editing?

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Best Graphics Card for Photo Editing?
Jun 18, 2011

I'm looking to get a new PC. Looking at a Dell XPS 9100 with 24 gigs of ram (most it will handle) and i7 processor.

Want to know which card to go with for best photoshop performance; typically editing 21 megapixel RAW files with multiple layers (mainly NIK software created). I'm pretty impatient and don't like to 'wait' while Nik software filters process to apply the new layer. I don't do any gaming.

Options are:

ATI Radeon HD5670 1GB GDDR5 [Included in Price]
Single 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 [Add $160.00]
Single AMD Radeon™ HD 6870 [Add $230.00]
AMD Radeon™ HD 6770 [Add $80.00]

I currently have an ATI Radeon 3800 series and had lots of driver problems when upgrading from 32 bit vista to 64 bit win 7, so am tempted to go NVIDIA this time, but guessing any of the above configurations are tested by dell and will be more stable.

How much will a graphics card help in photoshop? If a lot, are there other options that would work well in this setup that I should get the base and replace it with something else? Any better reliability/stability between ATI and NVIDIA?

Any thoughts appreciated.

-Mike

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