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  Reply # 306751 12-Mar-2010 20:39
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It is the GT240, just ASUS's version of it, they like to put extra letters in front of the model for some reason.
http://www.asus.co.nz/product.aspx?P_ID=PfbeP9wWDDrFmd2N&templete=2

It seems like you're more on the right track now, graphics software should have good graphics hardware.
Your budget will dictate what card you go for, I'd stick to the gaming line, although there are dedicated CAD cards the only decent ones are likely well out of your price range.




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  Reply # 306758 12-Mar-2010 21:12
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samwooff: It is the GT240, just ASUS's version of it, they like to put extra letters in front of the model for some reason.
http://www.asus.co.nz/product.aspx?P_ID=PfbeP9wWDDrFmd2N&templete=2

It seems like you're more on the right track now, graphics software should have good graphics hardware.
Your budget will dictate what card you go for, I'd stick to the gaming line, although there are dedicated CAD cards the only decent ones are likely well out of your price range.


Ah ok thank you :)

and thanks to everyone who posted :D You guys were a great help :D

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  Reply # 306767 12-Mar-2010 21:43
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IMO your throwing away money for a PC built solely for Photoshop. I run photoshop CS4 on my daughters 1.6ghz, 384MB ram(:D), and a 32 MB video card. Really it's not at all demanding like some people make it out to be. Loads in about 8-9 seconds and can have MANY 2000 x 2000 images open at once. If you were doing professional video editing, maybe. But this is just casual photshopping, so I wouldn't go "all out".

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  Reply # 306857 13-Mar-2010 09:57
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It depends what you are doing in Photoshop. I am using a Mac Pro with 2x Dual Core CPUs and 8GB ram and I do get some lag when editing 200mb+ or other documents.

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  Reply # 306874 13-Mar-2010 12:08
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nziced: IMO your throwing away money for a PC built solely for Photoshop. I run photoshop CS4 on my daughters 1.6ghz, 384MB ram(:D), and a 32 MB video card. Really it's not at all demanding like some people make it out to be. Loads in about 8-9 seconds and can have MANY 2000 x 2000 images open at once. If you were doing professional video editing, maybe. But this is just casual photshopping, so I wouldn't go "all out".



if you're processing raw files of 21MP then i'd suggest that a pc of your spec will be frustrating to the user (will take up to half an hour to process one shot i'd say). but yes if they're casually photoshopping on low resolution highly compressed jpegs there may not be an effect on their blood pressure or pulse rate.

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  Reply # 306934 13-Mar-2010 18:41
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Maybe you'd like to give us an indication of what sort of photoshop this is for; casual tinkering with jpegs or professional graphic design etc
You're not throwing money away by buying more expensive components but there is definitely diminishing returns in performance after a certain point.




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  Reply # 306971 13-Mar-2010 21:42
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samwooff: Maybe you'd like to give us an indication of what sort of photoshop this is for; casual tinkering with jpegs or professional graphic design etc
You're not throwing money away by buying more expensive components but there is definitely diminishing returns in performance after a certain point.


This Desktop will be for using Photoshop cs4 Professionally. She will be editing high Res photos and creating Graphics. Lots of her time will be spent on this computer using photoshop cs4.

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  Reply # 307231 14-Mar-2010 23:11
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animebuster:This Desktop will be for using Photoshop cs4 Professionally. She will be editing high Res photos and creating Graphics. Lots of her time will be spent on this computer using photoshop cs4.



Sweet as. You'll definitely be wanting an accurate monitor and for it to be well calibrated if it's a job for a client. Most of the build looks sweet, although ATI is cleaning up in games at the moment with their graphics cards I'm not sure if that translates to CS4 performance as well.




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  Reply # 307689 16-Mar-2010 09:52
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animebuster:
samwooff: Maybe you'd like to give us an indication of what sort of photoshop this is for; casual tinkering with jpegs or professional graphic design etc
You're not throwing money away by buying more expensive components but there is definitely diminishing returns in performance after a certain point.


This Desktop will be for using Photoshop cs4 Professionally. She will be editing high Res photos and creating Graphics. Lots of her time will be spent on this computer using photoshop cs4.


Look, I'm a Pro Photographer, I spend A LOT of time infront of my computer in CS4.

Get the Dell Monitor, Colour Accuracy is the most important thing to think about.  Yeah you can find a cheap monitor, but it will also be crap.  I understand you may  not want to build an expensive PC, but if she takes her job seriously, then you need to spend the money on the monitor.

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  Reply # 307698 16-Mar-2010 10:04
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animebuster:
samwooff: Maybe you'd like to give us an indication of what sort of photoshop this is for; casual tinkering with jpegs or professional graphic design etc
You're not throwing money away by buying more expensive components but there is definitely diminishing returns in performance after a certain point.


This Desktop will be for using Photoshop cs4 Professionally. She will be editing high Res photos and creating Graphics. Lots of her time will be spent on this computer using photoshop cs4.


Actually NVidia still is king in the 2D graphics area from what I hear which is what you need for Photoshop related tasks, ATI is miles ahead on 3D graphics but that dosent help in this instance.

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  Reply # 307783 16-Mar-2010 12:38
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I made a similar rig for a friend who uses photoshop professionally as well. (Though in his case it was an i7 8gig rig which performs very nicely indeed)

I would look at a second drive in all honesty, for redundancy, and backup of work and just general storage.

Graphics card should be fine,. check the adobe site if its a card that can be used in CS4 for gpu acceleration. (It all helps in the end) Though if the user has the ability to buy bigger, well why not. :)

Pretty much have to echo what people have said about a good monitor too, this is practically a must.

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  Reply # 308008 16-Mar-2010 21:22
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macuser:
animebuster:
samwooff: Maybe you'd like to give us an indication of what sort of photoshop this is for; casual tinkering with jpegs or professional graphic design etc
You're not throwing money away by buying more expensive components but there is definitely diminishing returns in performance after a certain point.


This Desktop will be for using Photoshop cs4 Professionally. She will be editing high Res photos and creating Graphics. Lots of her time will be spent on this computer using photoshop cs4.


Look, I'm a Pro Photographer, I spend A LOT of time infront of my computer in CS4.

Get the Dell Monitor, Colour Accuracy is the most important thing to think about. Yeah you can find a cheap monitor, but it will also be crap. I understand you may not want to build an expensive PC, but if she takes her job seriously, then you need to spend the money on the monitor.


I agree with you that the U2410 is a good monitor and an IPS panel is almost a must buy, but you can get exactly the same panel in the HP 2475 for $200 less which is why I directed him to it.

Adobe's GPU compatibility list either is very obscure and random or just hasn't been updated in a very long time; no ATI 5xxx series cards, no new Nvidia cards apart from the GTX260. Any care to shed some light or a link to a more comprehensive list if there is one.




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  Reply # 309476 21-Mar-2010 00:53
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THE DELL is now $699. your wish came true or missed the boat??! (ie i hope you havent paid the full price just before they decided to discount!)



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  Reply # 309598 21-Mar-2010 19:57
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joker97: THE DELL is now $699. your wish came true or missed the boat??! (ie i hope you havent paid the full price just before they decided to discount!)


Awesome thanks for that. We havent gotten the screen yet so thats good :D

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  Reply # 312270 29-Mar-2010 06:54
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hmmm - you guys raise such an interesting question: what about laptop screen? how does one know which laptop LCD/LED is good for photoshopping?

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