I have an older computer that runs just fine for the things I do except the graphics card does not meant Adobe's recommendations for Lightroom and Photoshop. Adobe suggest 8GB of dedicated GPU RAM or 16GM of shared memory, a benchmark of greater than 2,000, and Direct X 12 support.
The current card is an EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Super clocked 1024MB GDDRS PCI Express 2.0. Motherboard: A Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel. Power supply: Corsair Enthusiast series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply.
I have told that my Gigabyte motherboard is a PCI Gen 2 and will not allow a PCI Gen 3 or 4 graphic card to run satisfactory, if at all. And that PCI Gen 2 cards don't come with 8 or more GB of RAM.
Is this true? If it is not, what graphics cards would you recommend? If it is true, what alternatives, short of replacing the whole computer, do I have?
I will be most appreciative of your thoughts.
I took a look. As an avid user of the Adobe suite, unfortunately, there is not a card that is going to work for you, and I have a feeling even if there was one, you would run into a problem with some other system requirements. It is very possible to build a new system that may meet the lowest requirements for less than $700. This would get you there, you can keep the PSU, Hard disk, and Case you have and just replace these parts.
Thanks for the response. The system has an Intel Core i7-2600 Processor 3.4 Ghz 8 MB Cashe Socket LGA 1155 and 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM. Besides the graphics card, what else needs to be replaced?
The link I provided has a list of parts that will do it.
I adjusted the CPU recommendation here, it's a better one.
Thanks for your effort and thoughts. I appreciate it. I'll think about your recommendations.
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