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hi, i was just wondering what are the optimum specs for a photoshop pc?i am building one for my wife so she can do a little more intense
photoediting.
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Doesn't take a whole lot. Any mid range parts will be fine. Just make sure you get an ssd or raid 0 scratch drives. Those help a lot when you need to load stuff.
    
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i was thinking of a quad core cpu and 4-8 gigs of ram.i will definitely add an ssd to the build
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8 gigs ram at the minimum, but if PS is the most demanding thing a dual core would be fine, also a dedicated GPU (CUDA capable) like a GTS 450/550, would help.
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sounds good thanks
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Does she have a good monitor? That's the most important thing. Other parts might make things faster, but if you're blind in the first place it doesn't make much difference. Get an IPS monitor (the U2412M is great and not too expensive).
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What is "intense" photo editing? Is it professional print quality? If so you may want to get 32GB of RAM or more. Large, high DPI prints eat RAM up like cereal.
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so an ips monitor is a must.how good are these for everyday use and occasional gaming?
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just more photo editing than the average person.she said the largest would be 8 x 10s and she uploads to the internet.
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IPS monitors are fine for everday use and gaming, they are just a lot more colour accurate than standard monitors (mostly, the Ultrasharp range is excellent), when I go from my U2711 to any other monitor I feel like all the colours have been whitewashed and look washed out. tongue.gif

Is that 8M x 10M or..? As said, something like a Quad Core, with an SSD, would be perfect. A good amount of RAM is essential for most photoshop work, but again it depends on the intensity. DDR3 is cheap now anyhow, I'd go for 16GB. I've seen my Photoshop (CS4, recently upgraded to CS6 so I'm not sure about that) RAM usage go >5GB in the past during editing.
    
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