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Hey all, my sister is looking for a cheap laptop that can run Photoshop & Illustrator. She's not looking for a Mac yet because of budget reasons - she just wants a competent laptop that she can use to learn the basics of them with. Oh, she wants a webcam too, but I think those come pretty standard nowadays, right?

She ideally wants to keep it around $500-$600, but if it goes higher then that we want one that comes with a free Xbox 360. biggrin.gif Any brand or model recommendations?
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post #2 of 7
If she doesn't mind open box, I think this ASUS is a good deal for $600 and will be more than enough for Photoshop. It's not a Sandy Bridge i7, but it's still an i7!

Intel Core i7-740QM
4GB DDR3
500GB
NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230024R
    
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RAM. Lots. Of. Ram.
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post #4 of 7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka;13776892 
RAM. Lots. Of. Ram.

Yeah, most of the ones I've looked at have at least 4GBs of RAM, some 6. 6 is probably overkill, but if its worth doing, its worth overdoing, right? biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jurries21;13777123 
Yeah, most of the ones I've looked at have at least 4GBs of RAM, some 6. 6 is probably overkill, but if its worth doing, its worth overdoing, right? biggrin.gif

Depends on what kind of work you're doing.

If you're applying filters etc to 2GB TIFF files, 6GB ain't overkill at all. There's a reason I have 12GB in my workstation system as well as multiple drives. I'd hate doing Photoshop work on a laptop, and I don't understand the people who tolerate it myself. Laptops for my taste are either too small in monitor physical space-or are too heavy to really be that mobile. IMHO.
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A few Yes Vista/7 Das Keyboard 
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Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 1.2 GHz Something kinda small Qualcomm Adreno core 16GB 
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post #6 of 7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka;13777140 
Depends on what kind of work you're doing.

If you're applying filters etc to 2GB TIFF files, 6GB ain't overkill at all. There's a reason I have 12GB in my workstation system as well as multiple drives. I'd hate doing Photoshop work on a laptop, and I don't understand the people who tolerate it myself. Laptops for my taste are either too small in monitor physical space-or are too heavy to really be that mobile. IMHO.

Well I have 8GBs and do a fair bit of Photoshop work and 3D modelling myself but rarely see it go over 4GB of use. But then I don't work with 2GB TIFF files either.

And yeah, I prefer desktops myself, but she really wants a laptop, so who am I to say no?
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OCZ Vertex2 60GB, 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Windows 7 64 bit 22' ACER X223W Logitech G110 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex2 60GB, 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Windows 7 64 bit 22' ACER X223W Logitech G110 
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post #7 of 7
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Anyone else have an opinion?
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OCZ Vertex2 60GB, 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Windows 7 64 bit 22' ACER X223W Logitech G110 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Biostar TA890FXE HIS Radeon HD 5770 G.Skills ECO 8 GB 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
OCZ Vertex2 60GB, 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Windows 7 64 bit 22' ACER X223W Logitech G110 
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