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Re: Computer Recommendations For Photography
Old 02-09-2008, 12:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by PhotosbyChuck View Post
I read a lot of Vista hate...but honestly, I don't have a problem with it at all. It's been very stable for me (Vista Ultimate). I also disagree with the "forget a laptop" rec. The biggest issue in my opinion is most PC laptop displays are low contrast and small. However I do use a laptop for travel. It really saves my luggage cart.

I certainly agree with saving some money and putting it into lenses. They won't be obsolete as quickly!
I likewise find Vista to run quite well. I have two Vista machines and three XP machines. I find Vista to perform better than XP and Vista is more resistant to external attacks. I also use a laptop as well as a desktop. I have Vista on one laptop and XP on the other. Both laptops run Photoshop just fine, but the Vista one runs it much faster than the XP one. I do find that the laptop screen is not as good as my larger 22" widescreen LCD that is attached to the desktop machine.

I would recommend that one get the dual core machines. The reason is that Photoshop makes good use of these processors and you get a much faster performance. A second hard internal hard drive is also a must for Photoshop use (as the scratch disk). Minimum of 2 gb of RAM. By the way, the dual cores really shine when you have several applications running at the same time. I often have Photoshop running as well as a large Website Development program, Word, a FTP program, a text editor, and BreezeBrowser.

You can get a fantastic Desktop in the $1000 range and a very usable laptop in that same range. I just bought the Dell Inspirion 1520 with dual core 2.2 ghz processor, 2gb ram, and a good Video card. It has Vista on it. It was under $1000.

By way, for speed comparison. My XP desktop is a 2.8 ghz single core with 2gb of RAM and the Vista desktop is 2.4 ghz dual core, with 2 gb of RAM. Photoshop runs at least 50% faster on it as on the single core. Both have an internal Sata hard drive used for the scratch disk.


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