If you need to work with lots of high-resolution images—for editing, design, scientific research—you’re in luck. Turns out there’s a number of capable graphics systems that will allow you to pull together a system that’s orders of magnitude cheaper than only a few years ago.
That’s according to Jon Peddie, who heads a company under his own name that tracks these things. I’ve known Jon for years—he’s a regular at Siggraph presentations and on other occasions where it’s useful to have someone who can straddle both graphics and marketing. More info here.
You can sign up on his site to get sent updates on an irregular basis, i.e. when Jon thinks there’s something interesting to talk about. He’s tracked the industry for years, so you know you’re getting some straight stuff.