What's the best affordable computer for running Adobe Photoshop CS5?
The bare minimum for CS5 needs 1GB of RAM and a multi-core processor. Which is easy these days. But you won't be able to to much if you're doing anything Hi-Res, or using a lot of effects (or both).
I would suggest to find something with at least 4GB of RAM (still pretty easy and inexpensive to find), for everyday Photoshop use.
Keep in mind that even high-end, high powered boxes struggle with Photoshop if you're working with enough pixels.
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The biggest thing is knowing what you'll be using it for, and where. Pretty much anything outside of a Netbook will run Photoshop perfectly fine.
but if you are looking for a budget PC i would look more towards a windows machine than a mac. you can get a better price on more on the windows side of the house.
and as ajcohen pointed out make sure to get enough muscle based on what you are going to be working on.
Once done with that, and you feel you can spend a bit more than the basic requirements, I suggest you invest in the following parts:
1. More RAM - The bigger the files you work with, the more RAM you will definitely be needing. Once you start working on at least A4 sized designs at 150/300 dpi, you'll find that you'll be switching to your scratch disk more and more often due to filling up whatever available memory you had.
2. Faster CPU - CS5 isn't really that multi-thread friendly (afaik, correct me if I'm wrong though), so you'd be better off getting a faster CPU rather than more cores. The reason for why you'd want a faster CPU, well, I don't think needs much explanation.
Might as well start saving up...
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