for mid range under 10MP... Mid-range GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB/9800GT 512MB
Those are basically the same. I'd recommend the GTS 250 (preferably the 1GB one from MSI
) which is much better, uses less power, has better cooling and is roughly the same price. I'm planning to get one.
And 1 thing to keep in mind is that even if one has a ~10MP cam, pp is usually done with a much up-sampled copy (particularly if large print-outs are required) which can take up a lot of space/memory/processing. Even a simple scanned image can be as big as 1-2GB originally. Working on these is no easier than on a medium format's output. And the h.264 HD videos from, say, sx1 do demand a LOT from a PC, when opened up for cooking in an already monstrous app with tons of plugins. So I guess ~>10-12MP shouldn't be the sole factor determining the requirement of horsepower. Just my 2 cents
On a side note, DX11-based cards are available right now, but I think by the time DX11-games/apps are being released frequently, there will be MUCH better cards for much less. So IMHO it's not wise to assume you're
(;) ) doing a time-proof investment if you buy a DX11-based card right now. Waiting (if you already have a card right now) is OK I guess, but my card is on RMA for months and the issue is on court now, and I can't remain handicapped any longer so I'm getting a new one... sorry for being "impatient"...