Best Spec PC for Adobe CS4

  Markseymour 17:18 03 Dec 2008

Can anyone please help
I am just speccing a new PC and would like to know what would be best without going stupid.
Processor, Ram, Video card
many thanks

  hssutton 17:46 03 Dec 2008

CS4 is not as resource hungry as CS3. It performs very well on my AMD Athlon 64 x 2 dual core 3800+2Ghz with 4 Gb ram and Nvidia Geoforce 6200 Graphics card on Vista Ultimate. However I've not tried any 3D rendering, probably never will.

  john bunyan 17:52 03 Dec 2008

Markseymour. I only have CS3 and am about to upgrade to CS4. I do not think you need a really powerful gaming type spec - I have (nearly 2 years old now)XP Pro (Would buy Vista Home Premium) 2 core (4400), 2Gig RAM (would buy 3 Gig with Vista), NVidia 7800gtx (250 Gig RAM) (would buy a viedo card with more RAM) .X Fi sound card. I have 2 Hard drives - 320 gig - would buy 2 x 500.(I have partitioned the first drive to about 80 and 200 and have programmes etc on one and data on other and clone the first drive to the second using Acronis True Image as a backup. Then I would have a USB drive as a storage/ further back up as a lot of photos may need a lot of storage.
Others will no doubt give more updated advice.

  john bunyan 18:20 03 Dec 2008

Forgot to mention Monitor. I have a NEC Multisync 90GX2,worth reading reviews of new ones - I think IIyama worth looking at.hssutton will no doubt give a more professional view.

  eedcam 19:22 03 Dec 2008

If you have'nt already might pay to look in on cs4's own forum
click here

  Markseymour 08:44 04 Dec 2008

I looking at the new Intel chip Core i7.
4 gig ram and 1 TB drive
Have just purchased NEC 2690 SpectraviewI'm editing a serious amount of images each week

click here

  john bunyan 14:28 04 Dec 2008

Markseymour. Very impressive to an amateur like me!! I would partition your primary drive, get a second one for cloning as a back up, Alternatively you could get a series of USB drives to store yur stuff. All I can add is to emphasise back up. I keep longer term stuff on DVD's as well as on the USB drive.
Good luck.

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