PhotoShop 7 video card

Have just upgraded my entire system to facilitate my work in PhotoShop 7. My computer 'guru' has expressed his concern that I do  not have enough video accelerator for my system. Is there anyone with cyber-savvy that can help claify if I have, or have not, short changed my system on the video capacity.

Motherboard: MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU ATA133
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1800+
RAM: 512mb PC2700 DDRAM
AGP card: ATI Xpert 2000; 32mb RAM; 128 bit
Hard Drive: Maxtor Diamondmax D740X Ultra ATA133 80GB 7200rpm
Monitor: NEC AccuSync 120 21" @ 1024x768 in 32-bit True Color

Be glad to provide any additional specs.

Thanks
Arch030397Asked:
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weedCommented:
Ahhh grasshoppah. Its not the size that counts, its how you use it. Your card sounds fine and you really dont need a beastie video card to work in Photoshop. I still use an old Rage Pro LT and I do some pretty intense stuff. If you were doing 3D and games etc you might want another card, but youre not.
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Arch030397Author Commented:
Thank you, Master... those were my thoughts exactly. 32mb of memory on the video card??? Gimme a break.  I started doing graphics with a PC/286 with only 1MB RAM & 40MB hard drive. This video card and monitor permits me to work in TRUE COLOR, whereas with my previous system, I was limited to 16-bit color.
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Arch030397Author Commented:
Thank you, Master... those were my thoughts exactly. 32mb of memory on the video card??? Gimme a break.  I started doing graphics with a PC/286 with only 1MB RAM & 40MB hard drive. This video card and monitor permits me to work in TRUE COLOR, whereas with my previous system, I was limited to 16-bit color.
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chabtoonCommented:
In fact, the most important thing with Photoshop is your RAM... and you have plenty. You can change the amount of RAM that you want Photoshop to use in your preferences (Edit/preferences/memory and image cache). And like weed said, if your using your computer as a tool and not a gamestation, youre graphic card is fine!
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Arch030397Author Commented:
Thanks for the additional input, "Chab," but tell me, WHY would anyone want to use less than a 100% of their RAM in PhotoShop? The only reason that I can imagine is that if you were working back and forth between PhotoShop and Illustrator, and would assign75% RAM to PhotoShop & 25% to Illustrator.

I design & illustrate book covers and LOVE using many PS LAYERS, which really "beef up" the working file size. I was restricted when working with 256MB RAM. It's smooth sailing now.
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