I'm wanting to buy a laptop mainly for doing graphics. Can you advise me please ?
Question: I do a lot of work in photoshop and store a lot of files. I'll continue to use my main computer for this, but I also want to buy a laptop to take back and forth to the studio , and if I am travelling (won't be for a while). I know I want 200+G HDD, but I need to know what other things I should look out for especially in screens etc. I do not want a Mac. I'd appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks, Lizzie http://www.notthetate.co.uk/lizzie
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Go for soemthing with a lot of ram and the fastest core 2 duo(intel) or athlon 64 x2(AMD) you can afford. Also, getting a seperate video card that does not leech off the RAM is great as well(256MB minimum) As with most things, the more the better. Right now I'm running a custom speced Dell Desktop with Photoshop CS2 and it runs pretty darn fast compared to what I used to have. My specs: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core4400+(2.31Ghz) 2GB Ram(I can upgrade to 4GB) Windows Vista(I recommend 2GB min to start if you get VIsta, it is a resource HOG!) GeForce GT8600 256MB 200GB SATA hard drives with a 500GB external drive and dual layer DVD burner 15-in-1 card reader. I know it's not a laptop, but you can get a laptop with all these same features. I like Dell and HP laptops. I have a Tosahiba laptop, and while it's great for everything, it's not great for Photoshop. Photoshop version 7 is the last one I could run on it. Admitedly, it is an older Pentium 4 laptop.
Since you're stuck with an old single-core Pentium 4 it doesn't make sense to invest in higher-end cards that require a power supply upgrade. Your processor would just bottleneck those graphics cards anyway. Also, the Dimension 9100 was a "BTX" form factor design, standard ATX power supplies won't fit. The best card your computer can currently accept is the Radeon HD 6670- it's the fastest card on the market that doesn't require an external power connector. However it's somewhat overpriced at $95-$100 because it's only 10% faster than the Radeon HD 5670, which costs about $70. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as... Performance: http://www.techspot.com/review/240-ati-r... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6570-radeon-hd-6670-turks,2925-9.html The other reason the 6670 isn't a great bang/buck choice... faster cards like the GeForce GTS 450 and Radeon HD 6770 are only about $115 (less than $99 after rebate, although those would require a new power supply and your computer can't take full advantage of them anyway). I recommend buying a Radeon HD 5670 and put the remaining $80 into saving for a new computer. For $450 you can buy a system that's light-years better than your current rig. Unfortunately computers from 2005 are tough pills to swallow... they're not terribly old, but they pre-date the introduction of Core 2 Duos in 2006, which was a major leap forward. As a result, the motherboards can't accept upgrades to newer dual-core and higher processors. And Dells from that era with their proprietary power supplies make it double whammy. While 3rd-party replacements do exist, nowadays you'd have buy from Ebay or specialty psu sites. http://cgi.ebay.com/390333553637
what I know about computersaint much, but I can tell you this,...just get a notebook with just graphics applications and ntohing for spreadsheets, dont get windows office suite for example,....go to a semi large dealer and ask to speak to the guru, not the best sales guy,....ask to speak to the guru......oh yeah have your check book handy or your credit card.
you want a better graphics card make sure to read this tutorial that explains about system requirements: http://www.needtechsupport.com/content/10-understanding-video-game-system-requirements-can-my-computer-run.html
Screen size probably wont make that much of a difference. What you really want to look for in this is a lot of ram, and a decent video card (chipset). Video editing is pretty resource intensive stuff. You want a good processor, a healthy amount of ram (at least 2 gigs) and decent video (256 meg minimum, 512 is better)
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