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Feb 08, 2012 17:48 |  #1

I used to be pretty good at specing out systems, but it seems like things have gotten more complicated since my last time :) My only real requirements are photo related - running Photoshop CS5 well, multi-layer editing, some photomerge work. I don't really do anything else with my computer.

I can't seem to determine if an i5 is enough, or if I need an i7. I'm looking at 8GB of RAM, either included or I'll upgrade right away.

Seems like a dedicated video card will be best - at least that's what I'm hearing.

And I'd like to stay at or under $800. If that's possible...

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Feb 08, 2012 20:55 |  #2

Most ultrabook with Windows 7, and i5 is under $800, which is more than enough for running CS5.

Anything with dedicated video card and i7 will be over $1k this day.

Personally, I'm waiting for Windows 8 in next few months before I get any new PC.


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Feb 08, 2012 21:36 |  #3

I just bought a refurbished ASUS U45E for $550 with 8GB RAM and an i5 processor. I replaced the hard disk with a SSD and it absolutely flies for editing. The total including an extended warranty was right around $800... that includes the SSD and the external hard drive enclosure I bought so I could use the old hard drive for storage. I doesn't have a dedicated graphics card... but I'm not sure that's important unless you're editing video.




  
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Feb 08, 2012 23:20 |  #4

Since Adobe believes in creating products that use archaic coding that does not utilize modern hardware, the difference between an i5 and an i7 processor is not very different until it comes to batch processing. in that case you might see a difference due to more physical cores on the i7 (assuming you get the quad core i7) if you are looking at a i7 that is dual core i would pass and go with the i5 equivalent since you are usually only losing 1MB of cache and a few Mhz in speed.

I have a lenovo x220 with the i5 processor and 16GB of ram, a 256GB ssd as my main and a 128GB msata as my secondary scratch disk. in my opinion its a perfect machine for when i am on the go since it has the IPS screen and its built solidly and its light.




  
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Feb 11, 2012 13:01 |  #5

x_tan wrote in post #13852848 (external link)
Personally, I'm waiting for Windows 8 in next few months before I get any new PC.

When Windows 8 comes out, how soon does the price drop (if at all) for computers with Windows 7?



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