I am about to invest in a new high-end computer to use in my design practice! I am a graphic designer but I have relatively less knowledge about computers themselves.
What would a good 'designers computer' consist of?
- Adobe tell me that I do not have the minimum amount of RAM to use certain features on their creative cloud products (illustrator/photoshop etc)
- Photoshop and illustrator freeze a lot, and go very slowly at other times.
- I cannot use photoshop/illustrator and simultaneously search for images on google or listen to music using my browser on youtube. It's as though too many processes are causing my computer
to freeze (is this a RAM related issue? Is it a processor issue? I have very little clue. To add to the confusion, I have very little knowledge of 'graphics cards' and whether I need integrated or dedicated types?)
My existing computer is:
Dell Inspiron ONE2205
AMD Athlon II X2 250u Processor 1.60 GHz
Installed memory (RAM): 3.00 GB (2.75 usable)
64-bit operating system
Windows 7 Home Premium
I cannot afford to make a mistake buying a new computer. It needs to be fast and able to handle various tasks at the same time (adobe, web browser, saving lots of photographs/images/logos and customer letters/correspondence.) The constant freezing and slow processing of my existing computer makes simple tasks (zooming in in photoshop) into something that takes minutes and results in a very unproductive office.
I have a budget of about £800.
Thank you for any advice you can offer and what an ideal 'graphic designers' computer would consist of. As I say, I have very little knowledge of computers themselves and don't want to buy a computer without knowing about things like RAM, Memory, Hard-Drives, Graphics Cards etc, and end up with another slow machine. Adobes minimum specs for a computer are really the minimum standard, i'm looking for the gold standard! Not really looking for an endorsement of a particular machine, more an idea of what to look for.
Edited by Marty24, 23 April 2015 - 02:08 PM.