You are buying high performance software and need a fairly good computer to run them well. THey will run on a lesser machine, but you will have problems. At the min. I would get 8 gigs of ram, 2 internal hard drives, a mid-range video card, and a good monitor.
You can get all this at a cheaper price if you get a desktop computer.
Thanks Curt, my partner uses CS but uses a Mac which was my initial thoughts, however, our IT department dont like them so are insisting on Windows based. I'm swaying towards this as it looks like a real good spec for the money! are the Nvidia K range ok or would we need to go GTX?
My only concern is compatability with Windows 8 ( or preferably whether we could backgrade to to Windows 7)
ive been looking at the gamers this afternoon and am swaying toward this one
I actually did a helpful video that may answer your questions and those of other users.
Primarily you need to focus on the following:
- Dual to Quad Core Processors at 2.0GHz or hgher
- Dedicated Video 1GB or Better
- 4GB of Ram minimum 8GB ideally anything beyond 32GB is overkill unless you go 8Core
- Multiple Hard Drives, 2 are good so one is used as Scratch Disk, 4 is better 6 with 2 SSD Raid0 as Scatch Disk is Best.
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Hope this helps.
I'm not too into computer specs, but I'm always on a budget. You might want to look at gaming computers. They tend to have better graphics cards that you'll want for PS. Not sure how the Euro compares to the US dollar, but I got an ASUS with 16gb RAM for about $1500.
I'll echo your comments regards gaming laptops. They tend to have specs close to ideal for Photoshop, and Economy of Scale means that they are priced competitively. I doubt it will be a factor if you are looking for 'entry level' but don't spend dollars on SLI/Crossfire twined graphics cards, as Photoshop will not make use of them. In fact, when you have your short list, check out how the graphics cards will work with Photoshop. You can ask here if you need help.
eBay is a great way to do your research, even if you don't end up buying from eBay. I recently bought a high specced laptop from TradeMe (New Zealand's answer to eBay) and I am totally stoked by its performance.