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help me choose a computer, please!

theresamax 356 58 November 15, 2015 at 12:40 PM
I am looking for a computer, Would prefer a laptop but will consider a desk top. The main thing I need it for is Photoshop for my photography business. What specs would I need in order to run Photoshop in an efficient manner. I only have around 600$ to spend but I could spend a little more if needed. I am so appreciative of all help as I am not very tech savy.
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I am looking for a computer, Would prefer a laptop but will consider a desk top. The main thing I need it for is Photoshop for my photography business. What specs would I need in order to run Photoshop in an efficient manner. I only have around 600$ to spend but I could spend a little more if needed. I am so appreciative of all help as I am not very tech savy.
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Desk top will definitely get you more bang for your buck. Quite a bit more in most cases.

Does your workflow involve only Photoshop or do you use Lightroom as well?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...IsNodeId=1

You need a dedicated graphic card. That is it.

This should work.
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if you close to microcenter store you can build a nice system.
You can get I5K overclock CPU + 16 GB ram and use SSD drive for OS / scratch drive.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...IsNodeId=1

You need a dedicated graphic card. That is it.

This should work.
OP doesn't NEED a GPU. Totally depends on how complex what they are doing is. In PS GPU acceleration is somewhat limited, in LR its really only come into being in the latest version. A strong CPU, followed by ram, then drive performance and only then GPU would be the most important components for most.

OP I would look at the dell outlet for that budget.
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stating the obvious though, you can't really get a business grade machine for $600.
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OP doesn't NEED a GPU. Totally depends on how complex what they are doing is. In PS GPU acceleration is somewhat limited, in LR its really only come into being in the latest version. A strong CPU, followed by ram, then drive performance and only then GPU would be the most important components for most.

OP I would look at the dell outlet for that budget.
I would agree with you if OP is not handling raw photography files at 4K. Those are large. If outputted at 4k, he would need a dedicated graphics for photoshop.

Just to be clear, even if OP does not want to do 4K editing, it should be the trend right?
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I would agree with you if OP is not handling raw photography files at 4K. Those are large. If outputted at 4k, he would need a dedicated graphics for photoshop.

Just to be clear, even if OP does not want to do 4K editing, it should be the trend right?
4k is only 9mp so I know what you mean but it's not quite accurate. If you mean video then definitely.
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4k is only 9mp so I know what you mean but it's not quite accurate. If you mean video then definitely.
oh...ok. Yea, I think you are right on this.
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In the gaming world the best computer to choose is the one with the highest Ghz or gigahertz.
Ghz means how fast the computer is. One ghz equals to 1 billion cycles per second. In other words new games nowadays require a lott Ghz so all the files could be processed without lagging the game.
No onewould wantt a game that laagsa lott it would get annoying.I recommend to get a computer with over 3.0 ghz.
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