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It isn’t easy choosing a computer these days. There are so many different brands, specifications and types that it can be extremely difficult to know which one is the best for the tasks that you have in mind. The computer manufacturers and retail stores to make it any easier either; they mark computers as if they were intended for a particular task, for example gaming or video editing, when what they really mean is the computer is capable of doing normal computer functions including gaming and video editing. So how do you choose the best desktop computer for photography?
It starts with determining what the purpose of your desktop computer is as it pertains to photography. For example, if you are a photography student, you may need different applications and specifications than someone who is planning on starting a photography business. Also need to decide if you’re going to be using intensive programs like Photoshop and whether or not you’re going to be using them along with other applications. Photoshop takes up a lot of system resources by itself but when you add in other applications especially multiple browser windows your computer starts to suffer. This guide will try to help you narrow down the computer that you need for the budget that you have.
CPU: Your central processing unit, often shortened simply to processor or CPU, is the driving force behind your computer. This is the component that determines how much computing power your machine has. You probably heard of multiple cores on processing units. Multiple cores allow your computer to do several things at once – extremely intensive tasks.
This means if you’re getting a computer for photography and you’re planning on using Photoshop or other programs that eat up a lot of your CPU power, you’re going to want multiple cores. The Intel i5 processors, of any generation, will probably do just fine for any task you’re going to be doing. However, if you want to be prepared for the future when applications like Photoshop are even more powerful than they are now you may want to go with the i7 instead.
Graphics Card: you might have thought that a graphics card was only necessary for gaming but that’s simply not true. Your graphics card is responsible for drawing everything that you see on your screen, particularly the 3-D images. When it comes to photography and image editing, you need a good graphics card. The rule of thumb here is to get the best graphics card that you can afford and that your processor will support.
RAM: your RAM is another component of your computer that is important for programs like Photoshop and other image processing applications. Your computer is always storing and deleting data. The more data that can store and the faster you can retrieve it, the better it will be at running the programs you need. At the time of this writing, 8 GB of RAM is the minimum you have and if you can afford it go with 16 GB.
Storage: finally, the last part of your computer that will discuss is the hard drive space or storage. This actually isn’t a big deal for photography. Photographs, even extremely high-resolution ones, take up a minuscule amount of hard drive space compared to other forms of media like Blu-ray videos. However, if you’re going to get a great computer, you might as well go with a terabyte of hard drive space so that you’re prepared for the future.
Choosing between a Mac and a PC for photography is a difficult choice. Both of these computers have something to offer the photographer that the other does not. Likewise, both have a distinctive disadvantage that could affect your photography work. If you looked at it from a popularity perspective, Apple would probably win, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything because the iPhone sells out every time a new one comes on the market mostly because everyone is buying one, so everyone else wants one too.
If you go with a Mac you are going to have fewer issues with your computer. It is a fact that Macs get viruses and crash less often than PC’s. However, you also don’t have a lot of freedom on a Mac computer. PC’s are ultimately customizable – both hardware and software – and that can be useful when you are doing photography work.
This is actually a really easy question to answer. Just about everyone agrees that you should get a desktop if you are going to be doing a lot of photograph work. For one thing, you are able to upgrade to a larger screen size if you choose, or even multiple screens and that can be helpful.
For another, you might want to upgrade a component later, and that is very difficult with many laptops. Of course laptops do have the ability to be portable, but with the advent of the tablet PC there is almost no need to take a laptop with you anyway. Most of the work that you want to do is best done on a desktop computer, whether it be a Mac or PC.
Here are the top six desktop computers that are best for photography. What you ultimately choose will depend upon your own preferences and your budget, of course. But these six are all solid choices to get for photography work.
The iMac 27” computer is actually perfect for photography because the screen is large enough, with a high enough resolution, to give you the ability to work with very fine details. This is the top display on the market and it is combined with a great processor and graphics system.
Plus, it is an Apple system which many prefer; an immerse screen size that is perfect for image editing and manipulating photographs.
The iMac has a 5120×2880 screen resolution, which means that you can work with extremely large images zoomed in as far as you want, and you can display photographs perfectly and see the colors the way they actually appear.
It also comes with an i5 processor with 3.2 GHz of power behind it and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. This machine also comes with one of the most advanced AMD Radeon video cards, featuring 2 GB of video memory.
So, what does the Dell XPS 8700 have going for it in terms of a perfect computer for photography? That’s easy to answer. It has the specs and a price that seems too good to be true. This is an incredible 4.00 GHz Intel i7 fourth generation processor that will basically run any program, no matter how many other programs are going and it will do it with no problem whatsoever.
This Dell is a truly amazing machine that will run Photoshop, multiple browser windows, do video editing and literally anything you can throw at it.
There are only two things that you could want from this Dell computer. The first is a premium video card – and if you decide to add one, spend a little extra for the latest with at least 4GB of video card memory. This machine only has the onboard video card, but it should suffice for most of your photography tasks. Second, this machine only has 8 GB. That seems like it would be enough, and actually, that much RAM will run any software that is currently available, but it seems such a shame to only put 8 GB of RAM on such an amazing computer. Add yourself another 8 GB of RAM and a Radeon or Nvidia card and you’ll have the perfect computer.
If you’re on a budget, this Asus desktop computer will give you both a great price and a great machine. This computer has the i5 processor and it is the 6th generation quad-core with 2.7 GHz. The graphics are integrated into the motherboard but it does come with 8 GB of RAM, which is the standard that we have been discussing here for photography computers.
This computer also has the advantage of having an entire terabyte of hard drive space so you have plenty of room to store music, movies and more.
This isn’t the greatest computer for photography but it will definitely do the job and you can always add on a premium video card later if you’d like as well as upgrade the RAM to a full 16 gigabytes.
The other advantage that this machine has (at least for those who value it) is that it has Windows 10 installed.
The HP Envy is certainly the flashiest computer on this list. It isn’t just a computer that can handle whatever photography tasks you want to throw at it; it is also a computer that will handle any game you want to play. We’ll get into the specs in just a minute, but what you need to know is that this is primarily a high-end gaming computer, which means that it is able to play any of the latest, most graphic intensive games.
What that means for you is that it can certainly handle any photography applications you want to run, any photo editing and even high-resolution video editing with ease.
It is also a computer with serious sound, incorporating what many consider to be the best audio technology in the business today – Beats audio technology. This system has a 3.4 Ghz processor with four cores and an 8 MB cache and it sports 16 GB of extremely fast DDR3 RAM. It has one of the latest Nvidia video cards and features 4 GB of video memory. The reviews on this machine are positively glowing and if you have the budget and want to go with a PC rather than an Apple, this is the machine to get.
For the price, this is one of the best desktop computers on the market today. The CybertronPC name isn’t that well known, but the few who have purchased this system say that it performs amazingly.
This will definitely run Photoshop and other programs that you want to use, and it shouldn’t have any problems doing several things at once.
The system features an AMD quad-core processor and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM as well as an entire terabyte of hard drive space. It even features a premium video card – the AMD Radeon HD 7660D for graphics and all of that comes at a price that is almost impossible to believe.
The ratings are consistently high on this computer, with an average of 4.7 stars.
The last machine that we’ll be looking at has a lot in common with the very first computer on the list – the iMac. The MSI 24GE features an integrated touchscreen 4K wide view monitor and L-stand and then it has some impressive features. There is no double that your display is going to be amazing with this setup but the price shows it.
Of course, this is a good investment for photography because as the future of visual elements comes to pass, service providers like photographers and photo editors will have to be able to see the images in the highest quality and highest resolution possible.
The specifications of this computer are impressive to say the least. The i7 2.6 GHz processor comes with it, along with a full 16 GB of RAM and a 2 terabyte hard drive that can store your entire life probably forever. This is a powerhouse of a machine and it will display your photography tools and images perfectly so that you can see them as clearly as possible, plus allow you to work with any image editing program you want and do as many things as you need to.