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    Computer to run photoshop?

    Hi, i am wanting to buy a computer to run Photoshop but I have no idea where to start. PC world and Curry's recommended this one.

    currys.co.uk/mar…jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0532778554.1246269143@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccchadehjdhmhdecflgceggdhhmdfhj.0&page=Product&fm=1&sm=0&tm=0&sku=566917&category_oid=-34014

    Dell said I have to spend a least £650 to get anything worth while. I am a graphic designer and want to manipulate photographs. Any help would be appreciated as I want to spend as little as possible but it still to run fine.

    From adobe:
    1.8GHz or faster processor
    Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista)
    512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
    1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
    1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
    Some GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
    DVD-ROM drive
    QuickTime 7.2 software required for multimedia features
    Broadband Internet connection required for online services*

    Many thanks in advanced,

    Charlotte

    12 Comments

    i can run photoshop and my laptop is about three years old i think thyre jsut trying to get a sale out of you

    Which version of photoshop are you using?

    EDIT - My netbook can "run" photoshop but if you try to do lots of demanding stuff it's woefully inadequate.

    That laptop would be fine, for photoshop cs4 or cs3

    If your using CS4 then get one with a dedicated graphics card, as CS4 offloads work to it so it should be faster.

    I'd recommend lots of RAM (4GB ideally), a dedicated GPU, an Intel Dual Core (pref. a Core 2 Duo).

    Original Poster

    I have Photoshop CS4
    Re: a dedicated GPU, an Intel Dual Core (pref. a Core 2 Duo). I don't know what this is?
    I have always work for companies the provide the machine so no idea on the tech side! I need to be able to work fast with high quality photos.
    Once again, thanks for all the help,
    charlotte

    Basically:

    You need to have a fairly decent CPU - Either look at a 2.2 GHz or faster AMD Turion, or preferably an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU.

    Also, look for a dedicated graphics card - the Intel cards are awful, and if it doesn't list it it's usually an Intel one. Look for an ATi or nVidia GPU.

    Original Poster

    So the one that PC world sugested, is that no good? Is the 512MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4570 good enough?

    It's fine - but it's overpriced compared to what you could get.

    What are you doing with Photoshop? (more specifically)

    If its nothing too taxing you may get away with Photoshop Elements, its a 10th of the price of full CS3 or CS4 and to someone (not implying you don't know what your doing) who is only just editing a few photos Elements is ideal.

    Any of the Core2duo machine will happily sing along with CS4, You don't need a Gaming Spec Graphics card, something around £50 will be more than enough unless you are using vastly complicated plug-ins with huge photos.

    I am using a 2.0GHZ Core2Duo 2GB of Ram and an ATI X1950Pro.

    I am a photographer, and I find my setup is certainly capable of running the tasks I throw at it. I have seen them done faster on High spec Dells and MacPros but your talking over £1000 for this sort of kit so unless your using them for business (making money from them) you should be able to pick up a box that does the job nicely for £300-£400

    The most important thing is RAM you are gonna want as much as you can afford.

    Original Poster

    Hi, I have used photoshop elements a few years ago and found it quite limiting, this may have changed? I create logos, montage photos, edit photos, create backgrounds or covers for quark / websites etc. I use it for professional graphics work and really struggle if it is running slow. Many thanks for you help.
    C.

    lottie_dodd;5620950

    Hi, I have used photoshop elements a few years ago and found it quite … Hi, I have used photoshop elements a few years ago and found it quite limiting, this may have changed? I create logos, montage photos, edit photos, create backgrounds or covers for quark / websites etc. I use it for professional graphics work and really struggle if it is running slow. Many thanks for you help.C.



    Yeah if your using Quark aswell Elements may be a little limiting although its miles from where it started really is good for photo editing now if you cant afford the time and the cash on CS4.

    Have you not got any independant PC shops near you that would build you one? Or even build yourself one by buying a bundle kit from somewhere? You always get a better spec machine for the money when sourcing your own parts and building it yourself, or get a friend to build it?

    I know you were pointing to laptops, but any graphic editing on a Laptop is painful screens never give the right colour as calibration is limited, slow harddisk drive 5400rpm vs 7200rpm in a desktop
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