Originally Posted by DrockinWV
I have been out of the game for a bit and need some help piecing together a build for my office. I manage a small print shop and need a PC capable of handling multiple large files and design work in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I would like for the total price after everything said and done to be under $1k, and the cheaper the better, without compromising vital needs. Also needs to be able to push the 2560x1440 monitor that we are currently using, since the current PC integrated graphics cannot do so. Any help will be greatly appreciated, let me know if you need more information!
This might help a bit:
I run the current CC 2019 versions of all three of the Adobe apps mentioned above (and a few others like Premiere and After Effects) on a seven year old Lenovo W530 spec'd out as follows:
System Information report written at: 02/08/19 00:38:01 [System Summary]
- Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 10.0.17763 Build 17763
- Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3720QM CPU @ 2.60GHz, 2601 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s) (Xeon(R) processor E3 - 1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor/Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000)
- Installed Physical Memory (ECC RAM) 32.0 GB
- Total Physical Memory 31.6 GB
- Available Physical Memory 22.8 GB
- Total Virtual Memory 63.6 GB
- Available Virtual Memory 55.3 GB
- NVIDIA Quadro K2000M, coupled via display port
While it was ~$2200 when I purchased it way back when, you should be able to build something comparable today, staying roughly within your budget, especially if you chase after used parts on (e.g.) eBay. The monitor in use with it is an NEC PA272BK 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor, with resolution set to 2560x1440. That was a separate purchase of course, and the system is not used to play games.
For the most part it still gets the job I need it for done, though it can bog down somewhat when opening multiple large PSDs (e.g., 50-100 MB in size; I've gone as high as 300-400 MB). Because of that I tend to only work on larger files like those one at a time. Running Illustrator at the same time hasn't presented any issues for the most part which, as you may already know is especially handy when moving back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator (e.g. while creating/editing smart objects). Video productions OTOH do tend to take quite a while (e.g., an hour or three or more processing time), but I've used this setup successfully to do a number of fairly elaborate productions which involved the combined use of After Effects and Premiere.
While I've currently got a couple of higher end builds in progress--one of which will essentially become my new work platform--the Lenovo hasn't let me down all these years and was well worth what I initially invested in it.
Hope that helps somewhat, or at least gives you and the others something to work with while they try to help you get the info you need.