Advice for a Graphic Design Laptop to handle hefty files - Photoshop, for print

Jimm

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Hello there, I was hoping somebody may be able to help me. I am looking to find a laptop for my other half and I need some technical advice before we make a purchase and commit quite a sum of money. So I will mention what the laptop needs to do.

- This laptop would be for design for print, jugging multiple programs at once (indesign + photoshop) (Book design)
- Some of the photoshop files are 400 MB (623 mb) plus on average and just cane the existing laptop.
- Must be able to open multiple large programs for CC, whilst be able to run zoom and Micrsoft outlook
- Must be able to save large filesizes quickly!
- Good screen that can work with near true to print colour or be calibrated to do so.

- It doesn't need to do motion graphics or 3D

From my basic understanding, a lot of ram, processing power etc will be needed here. My experience with tech in the past , is Dell, Apple, Asus. I have found that the SSD is quite quick on my 'light' laptop. I'm open to suggestions and I will pass on the advice. Thanks design community!
 

hankscorpio

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What's your budget?

Definitely would be looking at something along the lines of at least 16gb RAM - and an SSD for the OS to be loaded on. Then another SSD for Photoshop Files - large amount of storage of up to 1tb - as you'll need this for Photoshop for swap files/cache.


Once you give your budget we can make suggestions.

Thanks
 

Jimm

New Member
What's your budget?

Definitely would be looking at something along the lines of at least 16gb RAM - and an SSD for the OS to be loaded on. Then another SSD for Photoshop Files - large amount of storage of up to 1tb - as you'll need this for Photoshop for swap files/cache.


Once you give your budget we can make suggestions.

Thanks
The budget is fairly open, 1 - 2 k , 2 - 3k. Basically, we will have to pay whichever cuts the mustard. We want to avoid paying not quite enough only to find that the hardware is not up to the job. My go-to is Apple, but I thought I would ask and see what other people said. Thanks Hank Scorpio!
 

hankscorpio

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Well some people swear by Apple, I think it's a shiny box that's very expensive.
Unless you have fonts that are dependent on Mac I would highly recommend moving to Windows as it's cheaper and more bang for your buck.

Off the top of my head - although this has a RGB backlit keyboard and may not be to your taste but in terms of spec

You can configure further on in the link.

Chassis & Display
Recoil Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD 240Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920x1080) + G-Sync
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i9 Ten-Core Processor i9-10900K (3.7GHz) 20MB Cache
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair 2400MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER - 8.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st M.2 SSD Drive
256GB PCS PCIe M.2 SSD (1900 MB/R, 1100 MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)


Price: £2,897.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.ie/saved-configurations/recoil-IV-17/nCpNxrDZb6/
 

Levi

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Staff member
Um first question... is there a reason you want a laptop?

I know it might seem a strange question but if it's going to be docked to a screen all the time you might be better off with a desktop, which would come in cheaper.
 

Jimm

New Member
Thanks, both! The reason for the laptop is because of remote working basically + and flexibility. Has to be a laptop. Interesting on what you say on the double SSD storage Hankscorpio. Is that a double SSD inside the machine? I shall have a look at the link you sent and pass it on.
 

Levi

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Staff member
Thanks, both! The reason for the laptop is because of remote working basically + and flexibility. Has to be a laptop. Interesting on what you say on the double SSD storage Hankscorpio. Is that a double SSD inside the machine? I shall have a look at the link you sent and pass it on.
The one Hank linked to (not the best looking case though imo) can have up to 4 drives, personally I'd go for 3 or more (1TB minimum, 3500MB+ ones ideally) if you can afford it, primarily because you can then use one drive for the OS, 2 drives for duplicated storage (mirrored raid ideally but plenty of software can do it for you too), if you did buy a 4th you can use that as a dedicated scratch disk etc (it does make a difference in my experience).
 

hankscorpio

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Staff member
Thanks Levi. Funnily enough, case is last thing I consider when buying. I don't care too much about the appearance of computers. Although, I understand the need for aesthetics.
I prefer function over form :)

Anyway, it was only a starting point to show what you can get for money.

There's many other sites like Overclockers and Scan etc. that are competitive and might have better looking cases :p
 

Jimm

New Member
Hello! thank you for input, We shall have a look over the coming weeks I think. With regards to the case - yeah not the prettiest :giggle:but as you say grunt is the priority here - even if the laptop has taken a beating with an ugly stick. Overclockers. That was the other one!

Abit off-topic but I can recall somebody that used to customise PC cases with clay and teeth and fake eyes. Quite artistic!
 
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