The big question from your list is if the programs you have there are accelerated with ATI cards, most programs out now that can take advantage of GPU processing use CUDA, which is only available on nvidia gpus. I'm not sure if you're using Solidworks just for GPU drawing capability or gpu processing, and the same goes for Adobe stuff, pretty much.
Thank you very much for this insight.
I am not sure what the difference is between GPU drawing and GPU processing but I use the Solidworks 3d package.
However, it looks like I was given incorrect advice by the supplier because they offer a choice of 2 graphics cards at the same price, either the Silent nVidia 9800GT 1GB Passive Cooled or the Silent ATI HD4850 1GB Passive Cooled. I told them I was using Photoshop and Illustrater and 3D design programs and wanted to play mid-range games and they told me to opt for the ATI !!!!!!!
What, briefly, is CUDA and to your knowledge does the nVidia 9800GT use CUDA?