Create the ultimate Photoshop CS6 PC.
This is where the much anticipated Photoshop CS6 begins. Photoshop has always been a performance-hungry application that pushes the most powerful desktops to their limits.
Even the smallest bottleneck can have your system on your knees, and you sat around and turned your thumbs and waited for it to load.
It goes without saying that your PC is the better and more powerful, and the easier it is to deal with the pressure that Photoshop puts on it.
Today we're going to show you how to get the most out of Photoshop CS6.
To start with the basics, you need the following: –
• A high-end processor.
• Lots of nice ram
• A large hard drive
• A graphics card that supports GPU acceleration in CS6.
Let's take a closer look at these four basics.
For graphic applications with high demand, Intel processes triumph over AMD processors. With Photoshop CS6, the speed of the CPU really makes a difference. So if you want to get the most out of this software, go for an Intel CPU.
You also need a fast, powerful CPU, so I would definitely recommend a Core i7 processor, maybe 3.6 GHz, if your budget allows it. This will bring you back around 250 euros, but it is the core of your system. If you want to spend a lot of money on the computer hardware you need, turn it into a processor.
To see this software properly, you need RAM and a lot of it. I emphasize this when I say it, an absolute minimum of 8 GB, but all up to 16 GB or 32 GB if your motherboard can accommodate it.
You don't need the really fast RAM associated with gaming PCs. So stick to stable, high quality RAM from brands like Crucial or Kingston and you won't go wrong. You not only get a robust and stable memory, but also a solid guarantee. If the memory fails, it will be replaced for you.
If you do a lot of high-end graphics work, you need a lot of space. This is not because the program itself is large, but because of the files that can be output.
In an ideal world, you need four drives. I know that sounds a lot, but we're building the Ultimate CS6 PC. Therefore, four drives are the only way to get the best performance. I explain why. One for your operating system, one for your files and one for the so-called "worktop".
The worktop is part of the hard drive that Adobe uses as virtual memory.
You can use fewer drives if you want. The most common reason for performance degradation is bottlenecks. If you only have one hard drive for everything, bottlenecks arise. The cost of computer hardware is cheap these days, especially hard drives. Spending money in this area pays off.
The new Photoshop CS6 runs on the new Mercury engine from Adobe, which is equipped with new GPU acceleration tools such as blurring and liquefaction as well as effects with a larger angle.
To get the most out of these new tools, you need a graphics card from the new NVIDIA Quadro range, which you won't find in a normal PC bought on the main street.
The Quadro graphics cards can be very expensive, but you won't need the top class, even the humble Quadro 2000 will do.
When you put all of this together, you should have the hardware to get the most out of Photoshop CS6 in all its glory. This is very powerful software that pushes today's computer hardware to its limits, but the end result is something pretty spectacular.