Question What GPUs would work well with my i7-4790?

bijutoha

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Hey there! I'm new here and looking for reliable information. I'm flexible and willing to consider other possibilities, but I'm looking for something that strikes a good mix between cost and performance.

My current specs are:

  • CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)i7-4790 @ 3.60GHz
  • Memory: 16.0 GB DDR3
  • GPU: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
Budget: $200 - $300

Can you recommend specific GPU models that fit my workflow and budget well? Any point from user experience insights with Adobe Suite?

Thank you in advance for your guidance!
 
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Welcome to the forums.

Nvidia is the de facto standard for productivity.

I recommend you shop your local used markets and online marketplaces like Ebay for the most used Quadro you can get for your budget. Which particular model are the best in that price range, others will have to help with. I don't keep up with that market and use case.
 
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Generally, consider using GPUs with an Average Ops/Sec of 2000 or higher on PassMark's GPU Computer Benchmark Chart.

If you want to go with Quadro, this card has a score well over 2000: https://www.newegg.com/hp-m6v52aa/p/30U-000X-00034?Item=9SIB1PGFBY8969

Otherwise, if you want something that works good in gaming and photoshop, consider this: https://www.newegg.com/msi-geforce-rtx-2060-rtx-2060-ventus-6g-oc/p/N82E16814137380

This Radeon with a free game should also work fine: https://www.newegg.com/asus-radeon-rx-7600-dual-rx7600-o8g-v2/p/N82E16814126660
 
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Better spend those money on a platform upgrade instead (CPU+MB+RAM).
Provided the newer APU is decent enough for GPU acceleration, that's a good idea.


Total comes to $310 which seems like a very attractive alternative to me. If the OP is able to sell the existing system, that should contribute some money towards a new case and PSU too.

Only snag is CPU availability. But the more I think about it, I would personally wait even 3 months to get this combo rather than a GPU with an old system.
 

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If you want to go with Quadro, this card has a score well over 2000: https://www.newegg.com/hp-m6v52aa/p/30U-000X-00034?Item=9SIB1PGFBY8969

Otherwise, if you want something that works good in gaming and photoshop, consider this: https://www.newegg.com/msi-geforce-rtx-2060-rtx-2060-ventus-6g-oc/p/N82E16814137380

This Radeon with a free game should also work fine: https://www.newegg.com/asus-radeon-rx-7600-dual-rx7600-o8g-v2/p/N82E16814126660
$230 seems a bit steep for that, no? It has double the RAM and a 70% higher score than the GM107 based GK2200, but I have one of those sitting on a table in the garage I use for testing and if someone offered me 50 Canadian pesos for it they could walk out the door with it. I see em posted on FBM for CAD20-30.
 
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Better spend those money on a platform upgrade instead (CPU+MB+RAM).
I'm using a RTX 2080 SUPER with a 4790k... but the GPU does the bulk of the work in games because of a working resolution of 7680 x 1440 :sweatsmile:
 

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"How much GPU do I need in my surplus office PC to run my 7 Odyssey G9's in a 360° circular display?"
 

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What do you play at that res? Quake 3 Arena???
can't run anything more demanding than say the System Shock remake, Elite Dangerous, or Ghostrunner, but you might be surprised at the performance with adjustments. can even get a touch of AA in a few things that are better optimized. I did run into a situation where a round or two of GTFO didn't have the fog rendered in. for those who don't play... that's kind of a big deal.
 

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That's weird. I'd have to assume from the scores that Premier is GPU accelerated but Photoshop isn't?
PS is GPU accelerated, but not in the way most people expect: the biggest gains come in the form of UI acceleration, but for this even a relatively basic (but modern) GPU will do fine. There is also accelerated compute on PS, but that's on a case by case (depends on the tool, filter etc). On the other side, PS is traditionally a CPU Single Thread performance lover. By far the biggest improvements in quality of life in this software come from having a strong ST performer: from working with many objects to saving large files, ST perf will matter a lot.

I assume the OP is gone, and the brief of "Adobe Suite" did not help much with priorities, but given the budget my recommendation is similar to @Seba 's: use the $300 to buy something like i3 12100 + MB + 32GB of DDR4. The jump in CPU ST performance will be massive, the iGPU has a modern Quicksync implementation useful in video editing and is strong enough to be serviceable in Photoshop, and the DDR4 memory is still very cheap at the moment. The CPU & RAM should be around $180, this leaves $100 for a new motherboard. There's also some breathing room in case the OP lives outside US and VAT applies. This system will be quite usable in Adobe considering the budget, and has room to expand later with a modern GPU and/or a much more powerful CPU (in term of core count).

The same can be done with an AMD system, although that would limit the OP at socket AM4, as AM5 APUs are too much for this budget. On AM4 I would try to build something around the 5600G while still going for 32GB DDR4 and then getting the best motherboard for the remaining budget.