Laptop specs for using PS

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by The Learner, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. The Learner

    The Learner Guest

    I soon intend to buy a laptop suitable for Photoshop and am looking for
    suggestions. I also have a question: Since a gaming computer is so good
    at graphics, would I be wise to consider one of these? I usually use a
    laptop as a desktop and money is not an object. I am cuurently looking
    at a Sager gaming laptop - the NP8121
    http://www.sagernotebook.com/product_customed.php?pid=258533

    It has a lot of hardware which I would put to good use. Comments please?
    The more - the better!!!
     
    The Learner, Mar 5, 2010
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    Voivod Guest

    Wow:

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU [+$45.00]

    $45 for a $9 tube of Arctic Silver. Since money's not an object I guess
    you don't mind being ripped off.
     
    Voivod, Mar 5, 2010
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  3. The Learner

    The Learner Guest

    I shouldn't have said money is no object. I don't have the money to
    waste. But, I'm 65 years old and this might be the last PC I ever buy -
    so I want it to be a really good one (for use with PS). I thought the
    Photoshop groups would be the best place to ask - but I'm not getting the
    responses I hoped for. You mentioned the art/photo creation field. Do
    you know of any forums or groups I could try? Any other suggestions,
    please?
     
    The Learner, Mar 7, 2010
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    Paul Burdett Guest

    I'm no expert, but my Toshiba Satellite laptop runs CS3 fine...quite
    quick...it only has 1Gb ram. However, if I upgrade to CS4 or even CS5 I will
    probably go with something that has a minimum of 4GB ram (for 32 bit
    operating system) and a suitable dedicated graphics card like a Nvidia
    GeForce. See http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405711.html in orde to take
    advantage of the 3D capabilities of CS4. My next desktop will be win 7,
    64bit o/s with at least 8Gb ram.(and maybe even a solid state hard drive)

    Good luck,

    Paul
     
    Paul Burdett, Mar 7, 2010
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    Voivod Guest

    Windows 32 bit OS won't even use the full four gigs so MINIMUM is the
    wrong word.
     
    Voivod, Mar 7, 2010
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    Paul Burdett Guest

    Yes, this is true,,,my mistake.
     
    Paul Burdett, Mar 7, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    That's what I'm looking to get with a laptop. I also want USB3.
     
    The Learner, Mar 7, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    Mike, could you be a little more specific about where to look for a
    laptop on robgalbraith.com? I feel a little stupid - but, with my
    headpain, I couldn't zero in on that information. Thanks......
     
    The Learner, Mar 7, 2010
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    Joel Guest

    Well, if you really want the best and latest technology then I would
    suggest you not to buy anything right now but WAIT for a better and cheaper
    one. I bet you that 10-20 years from now you may slap in the face of anyone
    who tries to give you the current best.

    I started computing before IBM was born so I know WAITING should be the
    answer, and I should have saved tens of thousands of US$ (or probably
    somewhere around 50-70K?)
     
    Joel, Mar 9, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    The only thing I'm waiting for is USB3 - and it's here now. I just want
    to be sure it gets proven out in the field - but thanks for your comment.
    I take it as a positive :)
     
    The Learner, Mar 9, 2010
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    Joel Guest

    I just built a new system few weeks ago (or over a month ago?) and I had
    no idea about USB3, and I am pretty sure mine has USB2. Heck, I don't even
    know how many USB2 port it has, but pretty sure more than 4 (or more than
    6-7 ?).

    Hmmm, now I look at the new built computer I have noticed that I don't
    connect the the front-USB2 ports like used too. And I don't remember ...
    oh.. I do remember I did hooked (2) USB2 set of connectors.. and I think it
    has 2-4 more including at least 2-4 in the back.
     
    Joel, Mar 9, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    Thanks so much for your reply (I'm 65 years old BTW). I HOPE this isn't
    the last computer I buy (I was just sort of kidding). At this age, you
    never know! I'm going to look for that thread. However, I crossposted
    the original post - so, if you don't mind, please tell me which group you
    are referring to. Thanks (old buddy)
     
    The Learner, Mar 10, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    OK, I found it. Seems to say that the Lenovo Thinkpad W700 is a great
    machine - and I think you've looked into it. The only other thing I want
    is USB3. Sounds like the Thinkpad is what I've been looking for. But
    it's pretty pricey. I didn't know they made notebooks that were that
    expensive. I don't mind paying that price at this time. But, I'm
    retired and therefore want a machine that will last at least five years
    (or so). Do you have any other opinions on the Lenovo? I think you said
    you might get one.
     
    The Learner, Mar 11, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    Yes, it IS very, very expensive. I'm torn between getting it and
    settling for something less. Are you looking at something specific at
    this time? I ask because I would probably look at it too. Thanks.
     
    The Learner, Mar 11, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    Thanks, John - but I'm going to stick with a Windows OS / PC. I have a
    lot of legacy programs I like and I'm just not into learning a new OS. I
    realize that a Mac is preferred for graphics but I'll just have to make
    do. Besides, there are far more programs for the PC and I really like to
    try many of them. It's like a hobby. However, I used to use Photoshop
    and really like it. But I've been ill for the past siz years and haven't
    used it in that period. Now, I'm getting better and intend to get back
    into using PS. So, the computer I purchase will be "built" around PS -
    but capable of running everything else. Once in a while, I have asked on
    the Usenet for recommendations - but don't usually find someone who knows
    what they're talking about. You sound like you do - so I'm trying to
    pick your brain to learn more about what I SHOULD consider and what I
    shouldn't consider. I like to 'learn.' I want something very good /
    fast but I can't afford to throw money away. I'm between a rock and a
    hardplace. I hope we can stay in touch for when I have more specific
    questions. In the meantime, you have been very helpful - whether you
    believe it or not. Every little bit of information helps. I'm pretty
    good with computers but don't know much about external monitors,
    calibrating the monitor to the printer, know absolutely nothing about
    graphics cards (never had one), and need to become informed. If you are
    willing to help me when I have questions, are you also willing to give me
    your email address. Mine is . Thanks very much.........
     
    The Learner, Mar 11, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    Kind of a thinly veiled disguise, no??? Heh-heh
     
    The Learner, Mar 11, 2010
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    Joel Guest

    65 years young? You are more than 1/2 decade younger than I am (I just
    had my 72nd birthday), and unless you hang yourself before me then it would
    be your last system.
     
    Joel, Mar 12, 2010
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    The Learner Guest

    Let's hope that doesn't happen........
     
    The Learner, Mar 13, 2010
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    Joel Guest

    Then live healthy to enjoy more newer technology. 30 some years ago after
    spent many thousands of US$ (I am talking about nearly 10K) for the latest
    and greatest computer system, I thought it would be the last one. Or I
    didn't think there would be any better one.

    And I have been building newer systems every 2-3 years (we often have
    around 2-3 desktops and 5-6 laptops in my house). And I am talking about
    the ones we use, or I may have around 5-6 older laptops collecting dirt.
     
    Joel, Mar 20, 2010
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    Voivod Guest

    There are many programs around the country matching needy students with
    out dated computer equipment. You should donate the paperweights to such
    a program instead of letting them sit there gathering dust.
     
    Voivod, Mar 20, 2010
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