'Dream' PC specs for Photoshop7

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by IanStJohn, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. IanStJohn

    IanStJohn Guest

    This one comes up from time to time - and as I'm just about to get a new
    computer, thought I'd see what folks think now. Lets say a budget of about
    US$3-4k excluding printer. (I'm in New Zealand, so that's just a

    Additional comments like 'operating system should be on its own HD' or 'dual
    monitors a must' would also be appreciated.

    Your thoughts?


    IanStJohn, Jul 17, 2003
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    myJanee Guest

    Hi there, Ian!
    I'm definitely not a hardware person, but i know i love what i have,
    part of which is 3 monitors! If your monitor is good, you may want to
    consider getting another 2 of them.. or 3 that match if that is
    important and you can spare the cash. To run the 3 monitors, you will
    need a 3-head video card. Mine is the Matrox and it does what it needs
    to do.

    Another thing that you must do, if you have not already, is to get a
    Wacom tablet. They have info on sizes and stuff at www.wacom.com. Bigger
    is not necessarily better.

    I'll let the others give you the "get all the RAM you can" advice. ;)
    Always me, Janee

    http://www.myjanee.com for Janee's PS Tutorials and PS Resource Links,
    Janee's Monthly Art Challenge, Gallery, and more!

    If you like my answers or my website, you may want to have a look at my
    books! Photoshop Elements 2: Most Wanted, PS 7: Professional
    Photographic Techniques, and PS 7: Trade Secrets. Read about them at
    myJanee, Jul 17, 2003
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    Ric Seyler Guest

    What size Wacom you using Janee?
    I'm not sure how big to go before having
    to move my arm too much.
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    Ric Seyler, Jul 17, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    And you either work for Intel or believe their propaganda. In fact,
    an Athlon 3200 is faster at present, and there will no doubt be speed
    improvements in the 64-bit chip they'll have out soon. As for the
    Pentium range, you do know it's going to die completely when Intel
    finally get round to producing their 64-bit chip don't you? And that
    their 64-bit chip is incapable of utilising 32-bit software, unlike
    the AMD?
    Hecate, Jul 18, 2003
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    Dave Cramer Guest

    Whatever anyone mentions, wait 6 months, and it will be better!


    Just get a fast machine with lots of RAM and a huge hard drive!

    Dave Cramer, Jul 18, 2003
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    Stephan Guest

    3-4k ? Do you intend to control the world from your desk?
    Only a Mac user would spend that much!
    www.mwave.com see how much you can buy for much less than that.
    For $600 I bought a great MoBo, a fast chip and a gig and a half of fast

    Kia ora

    Stephan, Jul 18, 2003
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    Powell Guest

    Hyper-Threading Technology exists... go do your
    Who cares? I wasn't talking about speed.

    <snip additional quacking>
    Powell, Jul 18, 2003
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    Ric Seyler Guest

    Thanks for the info Janee!
    I was thinking 6 x 8, but it's nice to hear
    from an actual user. :)
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    Ric Seyler, Jul 18, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    But doesn't work. Photoshop is slower with HT enabled than with it
    disabled. Go check the tests.
    Oh, but I was. The speed with which Photoshop and assorted plug ins
    are able to complete tasks.

    Otherwsie you may as well go back to a 340DX.
    Hecate, Jul 19, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    Hey, World Domination with Photoshop isn't a bad idea... ;-)
    Hecate, Jul 19, 2003
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    Adrian Guest


    you did say "Dream," so I would take the 2 ghz, 64 bit Mac G5 maxed
    out to its 8 gigs of RAM capacity.



    "A Picture's Worth a Thousand Nerds."

    Adrian, Jul 19, 2003
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    philwade Guest

    Uh Oh! Here we go!

    philwade, Jul 19, 2003
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    philwade Guest

    Better yet - three huge hard drives
    philwade, Jul 19, 2003
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    Silvio Dante Guest

    As a graphics editing system, you will want to focus on:

    Monitor (19" or 21" CRT)
    Memory & processor speed
    Amount of memory (1 gigabyte or more)
    Video card (128 megabyte ATI Radeon or other quality brand)
    Interface with your digital camera/film cards (Firewire or USB 2.0)

    Of secondary importance will be the amount of storage (hard drive size) and
    archiving capabilities (CD-R and/or DVD-R).

    "She's so fat, her blood type is Ragu."
    Silvio Dante, Jul 19, 2003
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    Stephan Guest

    I am now using a 9 x 12 and am pretty close to concluding that

    Did you try to hook both? It should work without any problem

    Stephan, Jul 19, 2003
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    Powell Guest

    "Hecate" wrote
    "Go check the tests"... quack, quack, quack.

    Quack, quack, quack...
    Powell, Jul 20, 2003
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    Stephan Guest

    For a minute I though Powell was an idiot, glad to see he is only a duck

    Stephan, Jul 20, 2003
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    WuLiMaster Guest

    WuLiMaster, Jul 21, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    The guy you're replying to at the top of the thread lives in NZ. Do
    you ship there? ;-)
    Hecate, Jul 22, 2003
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