Need help choosing a video card...

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Need help choosing a video card...
Feb 12, 2012

First off, I did post this in the PC area as well. I wasn't sure which place would be best. So, I apologize for being redundant.

I am going to be building PC dedicated to photo editing, and am doing everything I can to maximize its performance compared to what I spend. I will be running Windows 7 64-bit, Creative Suite 5.5 (also will be doing some web work), and LightRoom 3.

I have heard mixed reviews as to how important the video card is on a machine like this, or how good of one you need to have. Budget-wise, I have about $200 to spend on it, however I would love to spend less than that if I can.

Currently, I am comparing the following cards:

EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130660
$189.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625
$139.99

I know the price difference isn't that much, which is why I'm willing to pay extra for the 560. Pretty much all reviews for both cards are from gamers, but that is obviously not what I will be using the PC for.

-Is the 560 that much better than the 550, and why?
-Should I be considering -something totally different?
-Is there huge upside to getting the 2GB model as opposed to the 1GB model?

I know this depends slightly on what the rest of the machine will have. Here is what I'm looking at, which is all within my budget:

-Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB x 2 (16GB total - will expand to 32GB later) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

-ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

-Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - I will be installing Windows and Adobe software on this drive and storing files on a 7200rpm drive. Current project files will be on the SSD and then exported to the 7200rpm when finished.

Any other thoughts toward my build are much appreciated. It is nice to get perspective from other knowledgeable photographers and not gamers or IT personnel.

Thanks,

Jamie

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