How many GB of RAM do I need for Creative Cloud on a MacBookPro?

Community Beginner ,
Aug 09, 2021 Aug 09, 2021

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I need to buy a laptop for an out of home graphics project and I would like advice on whether I need 16 or 32GB of RAM. I'm a MAC user at home, so want to stay with MAC and am looking at a pretty decked-out used 2019 16" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz i9 8-Core/32GB RAM/2TB Flash/5500M 8GB. On Ebay they are selling at around $2,600, but if I drop to 16gb and 1TB flash drive I can save almost a grand.

 

Thoughts? Thanks!

Clay

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>home graphics project

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html

 

Premiere Pro requires the "most" computing power and ram... for everything else 16gig should be fine *

 

* I am on Windows and I build my own, so I really don't know much about a Mac

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I forgot to add I use Creative Cloud and usually have Ps, Id, Ai and other programs like Quickbooks, MS Word, Excel, etc. open at the same time.

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Go with 32 GB.

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Never scrimp on RAM.  Big Sur alone eats up 8 GB of RAM & can take up 35-45 GB of primary hard drive space.  I agree with @Peru Bob, get as much RAM and hard drive space as you can comfortably afford.  You'll need it to support multiple apps and heavy or complex project files.

 

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Minimum system requirements to run Creative Cloud + check requirements for each app.
- https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html

Pay particular attention to Photoshop's new GPU requirements. See links below.
- https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html
- https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cc-gpu-card-faq.html


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