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Old 08-10-2004, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have to get a new computer. My obselete Celeron 400 with 64mb RAM just won't allow for efficient transfer, previewing, editing, archiving, etc. of my digital images.

I need a *right now* fix. I need a PC (sorry, no Mac for me) and I'll be using my legal copy of W2K as my OS. I am looking at a few no-OS systems, but I am confuzzled about processor.

It is an absolute MUST HAVE running Photoshop to have a full Intel processor, or will a Celeron or AMD do just as nicely?
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Old 08-10-2004, 12:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I run photoshop CS on both AMD and intel pentium 4 processors. I am not and have never been a fan of the celeron but I do know my father in law uses photoshop 7 on a 2.8 Celeron and it sems to run pretty well.
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Re: Photoshop Geeks....
Old 08-10-2004, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Get twin P4's on the motherboard, Photoshop is an application that will utilize twin processors and split its chores for much better photoshop performance.
Your w2k should support dual processors also.
 
 
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Old 08-10-2004, 01:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No, you do not need a full P4 or Athlon to run Photoshop. A Celeron or Duron will do just fine.

However, based on my experience with both, I think I'd rather have a slower P4 or Athlon than a faster Celeron. I have had good luck with AMD processors - I'd rather have a full Athlon than an Intel Celeron.

However however, RAM and a good big fast hard drive is more important than 300MHz in speed difference. You want LOTSA RAM and lotsa hard drive space - not just for images, but for swapping. Do not settle for anything less than a 7200RPM drive, 80GB or bigger if you can swing it. It goes fast. 256MB of memory, 512MB if you can swing it. Then a good video card - 64MB RAM on the video card or equivalent. Then worry about processing. For what you'll be doing, you will not need a wunderchip.

Oh, and don't forget some sort of backup device. They've just started selling 8GB DVD-burners for a reasonable price. Trust me, in a year or two, that's not going to seem all that big.

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Old 08-10-2004, 01:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am told by quite a few tech (read hardware) people that P-4s are nice, but over priced and an AMD will do just as nicely, unless you play allot of games. I'm just saying what I've been told, this is not an endorsement of either.
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Old 08-10-2004, 01:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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those processors work just as well.

your monitor and graphics board will be the most important.

can tell you more when I get home.

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Old 08-10-2004, 03:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well Ed, you just took away your best option - the Mac. Steve had a good idea with the twin processors, but I recommed twin G5 processors with 8 GB of ram, dual 250 GB hard drive (@7200 rpm) Just curious, what's holding you back when it comes to a Mac?

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Why no Mac
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100% of the software I own now - the tools I need and own for my Real Job and the non-work related entertainment (i.e. Starcraft, Age Of Kings) - is Windows. I'm not going to buy new suites of my software.

Not to mention the fact that I have been using PCs/Windoze systems for almost 15 years, am familiar with the particulars of networking (I have a home network), and can easily open up the case to add a new vid card or motherboard or hard drive, etc., etc.
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Ok, very good point. Stick to what you know. No problem with that.

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