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Posted: 6/4/2018 7:59:14 PM EDT
Looking for a computer for the wife that will handle photo editing software. Suggestions?
Link Posted: 6/4/2018 8:31:04 PM EDT
Specs should include lots of RAM and vRAM.
Link Posted: 6/4/2018 9:04:22 PM EDT
VRAM?
Link Posted: 6/4/2018 9:18:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/4/2018 9:22:48 PM EDT by GlutealCleft]
Photoshop was a horrible hardware hog that drove high-end workstations back in the days when no matter how much you spent, they just didn't make fast enough CPUs, and motherboards couldn't take enough RAM.

These days with cores that are 10x faster (and you have 4-8 of them!), and 32x the RAM or more, you really don't have to break the bank any more.

Minimum requirements for photoshop from Adobe are a 13-year-old CPU and 2GB of RAM. Recommended is 8GB of RAM. A modern CPU and 16GB gets you flying great.

Buy a mid-range CPU, an SSD, 16GB of RAM in it, and use a discrete video card, not integrated.
Link Posted: 6/4/2018 10:30:14 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By GlutealCleft:
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Minimum requirements for photoshop from Adobe are a 13-year-old CPU and 2GB of RAM. Recommended is 8GB of RAM. A modern CPU and 16GB gets you flying great.

Buy a mid-range CPU, an SSD, 16GB of RAM in it, and use a discrete video card, not integrated.
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Pretty much this. Hard drive I/O speed and a good GPU (video card) is key.

But it still holds true: Buy as much computer as you can afford.
Link Posted: 6/4/2018 10:56:21 PM EDT
I’m working on 2012 MacBook 13” with 8gb of ram and I swapped the original hard drive for a Samsung ssd. I keep all my photos on a separate external hard drive. Everything loads fast and smooth and I see no reason to upgrade to anything newer.

I may swap the ram to 16gb in the future just for fun.
Link Posted: 6/5/2018 8:23:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Holdemdown:
VRAM?
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Ram on your video card.
Link Posted: 6/5/2018 8:29:23 PM EDT
Get a "Gaming Laptop" Newegg and Tigerdirect sells great refurbished ones that are as good as new.
Link Posted: 6/5/2018 9:09:37 PM EDT
Computers are so fast now it really doesn’t take much.

I started with Photoshop 2.0. It came on 2 floppy disks. It ran on a Mac SE with a 20 gig hd and 1 meg of ram. That was very slow.
Link Posted: 6/6/2018 4:01:44 AM EDT
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