Happy Friday everyone. While we were in the middle of talking about all of the things that are in the new CS4, my friend Kevin here at the office posed a very good question that I thought warranted a mention:
“How many people out there that are looking for CS4 have computers that will be able to handle CS4?”
Working in tech, you almost take for granted being a gear junkie and having the most newfangled computer out there, but I’m sure there are a lot of you who want to make the jump that are unsure of what is technically needed, as well as other people out there that are ‘taking the plunge’ and getting the CS4 Suite in addition to a new computer to be able to hold it.
The things that stand out for me, for both PC and Mac, are things like:
1GB of RAM or more recommended
Here I usually tell people, the more RAM you get the better. I’m sure 2 is better than 1 here. I’m running 4GB of RAM on my Macbook Pro and that seems to do the trick.. )
Between 9.3GB and 11GB of Free space for the software
I’m someone who tries to keep as much hard disk space available as I can. All of the files that I usually work on sit on remote Firewire drives, and I have specific Firewire drives that I use solely for my Lightroom 2 Catalog. (Personal Catalog, Work Catalog, Experimental Catalog)
1,024×768 display (1,280×800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
1280×800 usually works for me.. but the larger the space here, the better – I think.
If you’re finding yourself a little under on some of these specs from a Mac point of view, I recommend paying a visit to Other World Computing. Great prices, good memory, me likey a lot.
Does this mean that you need to have a tricked out 1TB hard drive with 8GB of RAM in order to run with Photoshop? Not necessarily. It will run just fine at their specs, but keep in mind: If you are opening large files in Photoshop, or doing things like rendering in After Effects and Premiere, you are going to be waiting. Keep that in mind. When you’re doing projects, work small, and you should be just fine.
I’ll spend some time taking apart my PC to tell you what I think are great solutions there. As I do, I will post some recommendations for you guys. I am SERIOUSLY looking at the new Dell Precision M6400. If I play with it, I’ll put it through its paces on Layers TV.
I’d be interested to hear from you, though. What kinds of machines are you guys using for the Creative Suite? Share some specs! Tell me, laptop or desktop, what’s the RAM look like? Inquiring minds want to know.
Make sure you guys check out the plethora of tutorials out on the site for CS4. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!