I am a solo in-house designer with little hardware savvy. My company is upgrading all of it's computers to the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z and wishes to lump me in with the rest of the staff. I am assured it meets the *minimum* specs for CS5 but in speaking with other designers, I have been told it will run it but I probably won't be happy the performance. My IT department is willing to listen to any concerns I have but I want to be able to voice them in an intelligent manner and in their language. The basic specs for the system are below:
ThinkCentre M90z series 3091
Intel Core i5-650 Processor (3.20GHz,4M Cache)
dual core hyper thread I5 650 chip that supports OGL 2.1
Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64
23-inch AIO 150W 85%Plus / Intel Q57 Planar / Non Touch with Camera
4GB PC3-10600 1333MHz SoDIMM (2 DIMM)
My daily use includes:
and may soon include video editing with a yet-to-be-determined software.
Any assistance is greatly appreciated!
For all the applications you mentioned, apart from video editing, it will do OK. For video editing (AE, EN, PR) it is woefully underspecced and does not meet minimum requirements.
For video editing you really need a much more powerful PC, think i7-950, 12 GB RAM, nVidia GTX 460+ and at least 2 but preferably 3 7200 RPM SATA disks. For a laptop, your only sensible brands are Sager or Clevo.
Thank you very much!