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Best hardware PC configuration to run corel painter and adobe photoshop

I plan on setting up a pc for some graphics/digital art. I will be using corel painter 11 and Adobe photoshop CS3. I do not wish to use Mac. I would like to know the best possible configuration for a PC hardware to do digital artworks.

Navin Siddhi Bajracharya
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Rikin ShahMicrosoft Dynamics CRM ConsultantCommented:
Processor: Core i7 950
RAM: 4 GB for starting (more 4GB module if not sufficient)
Mother Board: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R http://www.pricewatch.com/gallery/motherboard_combos/i7-950
And a specious cabinet :)
To add on to the post above, processor is extrememly imprtant.  Photoshop really relies on your processor.

You can get by with an average video card: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/248267-33-which-video-card-photoshop-work

a thread on monitors: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2214728

also, a hard drive thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262286-32-select-hard-drives-photoshop-computer
Here are links to the minimum hardware specs recommended by Corel and Adobe for their latest suites...



I run both Photoshop CS3 and Corel Graphics Suite X3 on XP SP3 with a Pentium D Dual Core Processor and 2 GB RAM which works very well even with large files (over 100 MB).

I have been using Photoshop and CorelDraw, PhotoPaint etc for several years and find that they work well on the minimum hardware recommended by the companies. But the speed with which tasks are completed depend on (in order of impact on performance)

(1) Motherboard FSB speed
(2) Processor speed and number of cores
(3) Hard disk rotation speed
(4) RAM

So go for the best you can afford for each of the above. You don't need to add a graphics card unless you have a 22" or bigger monitor - on board graphics works quite well.

Good Luck!
procitAuthor Commented:
great help! Thx

Navin Siddhi Bajracharya

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