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    PC Monitor and Graphics Card for Dell Optiplex 3020

    Would someone recommend a 24 or 27 PC Monitor ( and a Graphics Card if needed) for Home Photo (and maybe some basic Video) editing. Budget approx Monitor £200 Graphics Card £100.

    PC details: Dell Optiplex 3020 i5-4960 Quad. Intel Graphics 4600. More Details
    www0.sun.ac.za/its…pdf
    Software:
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro
    Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13

    Many Thanks

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    No graphics card will be need with those specs for what you want to do.

    Any IPS would do, I bought 3 of these Dell DELL P2414H for 64.95 each from ITC Sales and they are brillaint monitors for the money but they don't have HDMI Ports, just VGA, DVI and Display Port. They are now £74.95, they dont come with the stand and have just 3 months warranty but the stand can be had for less than £20 on ebay and if it lasts 3 months it will likely not go wrong. These are £186.54 on Amazon

    Original Poster

    Many Thanks
    Looks ok.

    Your processor should be more than capable, if your graphics card can't handle the work, you can usually get an r9 270 for under £100. Try photo and video without an upgrade first though. You might be pleasantly surprised at what the new intel integrated gpus can do.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for your info. I may have PSU limitations (290watts) regarding GPU options but as you say I may not need one. However I have seen web chat on adding a GTX750ti GPU. How does the R9 compare? Card length is limited to approx 8 inches and a single width option would prevent me cutting into the case.

    jbuldr

    Your processor should be more than capable, if your graphics card can't … Your processor should be more than capable, if your graphics card can't handle the work, you can usually get an r9 270 for under £100. Try photo and video without an upgrade first though. You might be pleasantly surprised at what the new intel integrated gpus can do.



    Many home photo editing software doesn't even use the GPU, it's purely CPU-based. Even professional packages like Photoshop CS/CC often only make minimal use of it.

    MikeTriad

    Thanks for your info. I may have PSU limitations (290watts) regarding GPU … Thanks for your info. I may have PSU limitations (290watts) regarding GPU options but as you say I may not need one. However I have seen web chat on adding a GTX750ti GPU. How does the R9 compare? Card length is limited to approx 8 inches and a single width option would prevent me cutting into the case.



    R9 is the range. A 270 isn't often benchmarked for that sort of workload (professional workstations use Quadro/FireGL ranges) but for gaming it's around 30% faster than a 750ti. It does output more heat though, so you're likely to have more choice of single slot & shorter cards using the 750ti chip.

    MikeTriad

    Thanks for your info. I may have PSU limitations (290watts) regarding GPU … Thanks for your info. I may have PSU limitations (290watts) regarding GPU options but as you say I may not need one. However I have seen web chat on adding a GTX750ti GPU. How does the R9 compare? Card length is limited to approx 8 inches and a single width option would prevent me cutting into the case.



    Generally, unless you find a bargain, the amd gpus (r9) are better value for money. They tend to offer more bang per buck.
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