I'm personally most fond of ATI as I believe they do a better job with releasing high quality drivers, but others like nVidia. Personal experience figures a lot into recommendations.
Right now I'd specifically recommend the VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 6670 1 GB DDR5, as it doesn't draw too much power and won't tax your computer's power supply, yet delivers quite fast performance.
In general for Photoshop use I'd recommend getting a video card that has 1 GB of RAM or more and scores 1000 or higher on the PassMark benchmark:
John, can you tell us a bit about the rest of your system? You should probably be looking to create a balanced system where components more or less match each other. You should also think about your operating system. Windows 7 64bit with at least 6Gb RAM is a good start, and as Noel said, 1Gb of DDR5 in your graphics card.
But tell us about the rest of your system first.
BTW I live about 30 kilometrea away from a town called Picton.
Hi Trevor - If you live near Picton I am assuming you are in New Zealand. I have never been but my neighbor is from near there.
My system is an AMD processor running at 3.2 Ghz with a triple core. I have 4GB of memory installed. I am running Windows 7 professional 64 bit.
It isn't the best system in the world - my other computer (which doesn't have Photoshop on it - I use it almost exclusively for recording) is a quad core system with 8GB memory - but still a bog standard graphics card.
Any suggestions you can make would be much appreciated.
I'm looking at the PNY Quadro2000 nVIDEA it is recommended for the GPU acceleration function of photoshop……….I was lead to believe only nVIDEA supports this.
I am not sure if a pro or workstation card is better than a gaming card. Leadtek also produce a version of this card Quadro2000 nVIDEA……. No idea what differance between the PNy and the Leadtek is as they are both nVIDEA?
It is a 1GB card also.