PC for Adobe CS5 Illustrator and Photoshop
Posted on 2010-11-17
I am in need of a "high end" computer for CS5 work, this will be in a Windows environment.
My total budget including CS5, a Workstation, monitor, tax, and shipping is $4000.
I am proposing the following, which is almost exactly $4000:
Lenovo ThinkStation S20, Quad Core Xeon W3530 / 2.8 GHz RAM 6 GB Raid card(single drive at first, if needed will purchase second drive for Raid 0 in future), 500GB SATA 7200 , NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 (512 MB),
Win 7 Pro
Adobe CS5 Design Standard
Lacie 324 24 inch monitor.
I had to opt for a cheaper Video card to fit a decent monitor into the budget. I am not a designer, and have limited experience with illustrator. This PC will be used to edit and create relatively large images used for Print, such as magazine advertisements, Packaging layout, Posters, etc.
My concerns mostly are with the monitor and video card, I believe the rest of the hardware should be well suited to the task. The HDD may be another bottleneck, but the capabilities of the video solution rate higher than the HDD performance.
I am looking for a critique of this proposal, I would hate to invest this money in a solution that was not up to task.