Adobe Photoshop relies mostly on CPU speed (GHz), but many processes in Photoshop take advantage of multiple CPU cores up to a certain point. These processes include applying blur effects and adjusting colour and contrast. We would recommend opting for the fastest CPU possible that still has a reasonable core count. Not all user workflows are the same though, so be sure and contact us for an optimized configuration.
The amount of memory you will need depends on how many programs you will have open at any given time alongside Photoshop and how large the files are that you will be working with. A good starting point in deciding how much RAM you should go for would be to check your current usage via Windows Task Manager.
Photoshop does not require a powerful graphics card, but certain features can make use of GPU power to a certain extent. A dedicated GPU provides a much smoother experience when panning and zooming – it also lets you zoom in much closer. A mid-range card would offer the best value. As always, you should keep in mind other software you use that could rely more on GPU power.
Adobe does not require a workstation grade GPU (Nvidia Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro), and we would recommend a Nvidia GeForce card for optimal performance, stability and value.
In the past, computers were held back by slow mechanical hard drives. Unless you are storing files which are not accessed too often, in which case mechanical hard drives might be a better choice, Solid State drives should be used for everything else. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to copy, move, open and save files quickly and PC and program start times will be reduced.
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