For image editing are 4GB ram not vey much, you will need more, much more.
And you need a vast hard drive, or preferably several, for Photoshop scratch space. 120 GB could be filled before you start.
The i5 processor meets the minimum requirements, I think, but is a low-end chip. You'll get better performance, particularly with Photoshop, from an i7.
Beyond the processor which is mid range, my sense is that this is a budget machine costing not much more than $500 if that.
For what you want to do I would budget well over $1,000 for a capable machine with an i7, a large, solid state drive, at least 8GB or RAM and dedicated video card.
Thanks all for your response - you confirmed my thinking.
Couple more questions for your feedback regarding going to CC (from CS2) while I have your attention...
1. Am I correct in thinking that my Photoshop PSD file should be OK and usable in Photoshop CC without problems?
2. Am presuming my CS2 created Indesign files will most probably not be usable in Indesign CC?
Again thanks all for your assistance.
You might see some issues with teh ID files, but they should open. When you resave, do it with a new name so you don't overwrite the originals, and it won't hurt to export the converted files to IDML first thing. See Remove minor corruption by exporting
In fact, if CS2 has an export to .inx (can't recall at what point .inx was introduced), I'd do that first, then open the .inx in CC.
In theory you should have no problem opening an InDesign CS2 file in CC.
I have a library of files here going back to InDesign 1.5 which open without problems.
Not sure what your concern is about the Photoshop files.
OK - that is good news.
Bob - the searching I had done kind of stated that a basic PSD file from CS2 file (primarily cleaned up, edited photos with background removed) and should open and edit without issue in PS CC - just confirming that is all.
Thanks again for your help all - very much appreciated.
CS (version 3) was the first with INX but 2.0 never was updated to read them. CS2 to CS was the first version to use it for backsaving.
That concludes today’s InDesign history lesson.
So CS2 can export to .inx, and I would really recommend this route.
Most legacy files open fine in new versions, but once in awhile something goes south after doing a lot of editing and the whole file is lost, and this seems to get more common the greater the version gap (started to see these reports for CS3 files when CS6 was released, if my memory is right). We've not had any similar disaster reports with files converted from exports to interchange from the original versions. I don't think it's worth the risk not to do it if the original software is still available for doing the export.
Great - feeling better about the change to CC.
With regards to configuration, if you don't have more than 4GB of memory and if you are running Windows, you cannot reasonably run the 64-bit version of Windows and you need the 64-bit version of Windows to run the 64-bit version of InDesign and Photoshop.
For any type of graphic arts work these days, you should not consider any system with less than 8GB of memory.
In terms of compatibility, the current version of InDesign has had no problem opening any of the InDesign documents that I have dating back to InDesign 1.0 (and even beta test versions of same)! For long lines of text, you may see some reflow from very early InDesign versions or slightly different hyphenation, but document integrity should be there.
There should be no compatibility problems at all with the latest version of Photoshop opening older PSD files.