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Buying a PC for photoshop in 2024

Community Beginner ,
Jan 01, 2024 Jan 01, 2024

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My PC is only 3 years old but can not cope with the current version of Photoshop (I am running Beta). The AI tools have defeated it and it goes painfully slowly.

The question is what specification should I be looking for to buy a PC mainly for Photoshop in 2024?

I have always used Windows but could be persuaded to go Mac if there are definite benefits

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Jan 01, 2024 Jan 01, 2024

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What are the specs for your PC? Is it a desktop? If so, adding a powerful GPU like the nVidia RTX 3070ti would give it a big boost for AI.

 

Ken Seals - Nikon Z 9, Z 8, 14mm-800mm. Computer Win 11 Pro, I7-8700K, 64GB, RTX3070TI. Travel machine: 2021 MacBook Pro M1 MAX 64GB. All Adobe apps.

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Jan 01, 2024 Jan 01, 2024

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Get a desktop, not a laptop.

 

Laptops generally have layers of vendor modifications between the application and drivers and the operating system. That can potentially cause problems in Photoshop. Especially dual graphics, which is nearly always a problem.

 

The safest is to build a machine, whether you do it yourself or get someone to do it. That way you get a stripped down and basic Windows installation, and a very reliable machine.

 

And finally, yes, an RTX 30- or 40-series GPU is pretty much baseline standard nowadays. 3060, 3070, 4060, 4070, they all perform very well with Photoshop.

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