For working with 2D photos, a new graphics card will give you zero - minimal gain in performance. You would see the greatest performance boost by running Win2k or Winxp and upgrading your ram to 512mb. Photo files are often very large. When you manipulate them it helps if you have enough ram to: run Windows, run your photo app, hold the original file, and have amount left over that is equal to the origional file size for the modified file to occupy as it is created. If you don't have enough ram for all of this, Windows will be swapping data back and forth to the hd, slowing things down considerably. The video card hardly comes into play at all in the whole process.