Best Computer For Graphic Design

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Best Computer For Graphic Design

A Graphic Designer needs an excellent Computer specifically targeted at Graphic Design work to make him work fast and stay motivated.

The absolute best Computer for Graphic Design has more and more become a powerhouse-machinery, that can put a good load on the hardware similar to working in 3D Modeling and Rendering, Video Editing or CAD. Images have become much larger in resolution, the Vector Illustrations have become more complex, and the Software Features rely on Hardware Features that a slow or older Computer just won’t be able to handle anymore.

The Adobe Creative Cloud with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and lots of additional tools to accompany your Workflow will have the Computer crawling in no time if the Hardware is not picked out very carefully.

I have put together a list of what you should be on the lookout for when building or buying your Graphic Design Computer and Workstation that will be your workhorse of creative endeavors in the years to come.

Now, to some, the Computer might just be a black or gray box, or sometimes a Monitor with some magic built in, but every Computer on the inside consists of the same type of very specific parts, that we will now take a look at and see what hardware is relevant for what type of Graphic Design work.

For those of you just looking for great Graphics Design Computer Parts Lists, feel free to skip to the end of the article.

Best Hardware Parts for Graphic Design

Best Computer for Graphic Design – The CPU

Opening the case of a Computer and looking inside, what you will usually notice right away, is the cooling solution on top of the CPU (Central processing unit) also called the Processor.

Best Computer for Graphic Design - The CPU ( Processor)

Image-Source: Bill Roberson/Digital Trends

The CPU is the central processing station that does all of the multi-purpose calculations of what a typical software is supposed to be able to do:

Change a color, draw a line, process keystrokes, open a menu – all that will put the CPU to work, which will then return a result: An open menu, a new color, a finished line or a word that you typed.

There are two main ways a Modern Processor goes about its tasks: It can either work them off one at a time after one another or more simultaneously on several so-called CPU Cores at the same time.

Many at the same time, sounds like it would be much faster, but the problem with having lots of cores is, that the more Cores a CPU has the slower the individual cores are usually clocked.

Let’s look at an example: A Single-Core CPU that clocks at 5 GHz would be roughly the same speed as a Dual-Core CPU that clocks at 2,5 GHz.

Well, then let’s just get a CPU with the highest core clock and as many cores as possible and all should be great, right?

Unfortunately, since most Software makes heavy use of single Cores and isn’t coded in a way to be able to handle lots of Cores, we should be leaning towards high Core clock and not lots of Cores.

In other words, a 4-Core 5 GHz CPU would be much faster for your Graphic Design needs than a 32 core 2 GHz CPU.

Long story short,  here are some recommendations for the Best CPU for Graphic Design:

AMD Ryzen vs i7 8700K

Image-Source: AMD/Intel

I recommend going with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X for everyday use in Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator, and to go with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X when you plan on also doing more multi-core optimize tasks such as rendering or Video-Encoding.

Here are some Photoshop Benchmarks by Pugetsystems that show us right away, which CPUs perform the best in Graphics Design Applications such Photoshop:

CPU NameCoresGhzPhotoshop ScorePriceValue
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X83.91027399
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X123.81040499
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X63.8925249
Intel i9 9800X83.8841589
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X83.7813251
Intel i5 9600K63.7881262
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X63.6785149
Intel i9 9900K83.61026488
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X83.6964329
AMD Ryzen 5 360063.6915199
Intel i9 9700K83.6931362
AMD Threadripper 2920X123.5811369
Intel i9 9900X103.5903989
Intel i9 9920X123.59171189
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.5815729
Intel i9 9820X103.3845889
Intel i9 9940X143.38931387
Intel i9 9960X163.19011684
AMD Threadripper 2970WX243.07471300
Intel i9 9980XE183.09141979
AMD Threadripper 2990WX323.07441699
CPU NameCoresGHzPhotoshop ScorePriceValue

Best Computer for Graphic Design – The RAM

Another very important Hardware Component for the Best Computer for Graphic Design would be the RAM or Memory.

It caches and holds all kinds of working data at the ready for the CPU to work on. Basically everything you are currently working on should nicely fit into your Memory, otherwise, the system speed will crawl to a halt.

If your working files don’t fit into your RAM, the system starts swapping these files to disc and the hard disc or your SSD usually is a lot slower than any kind of RAM out there.

So make sure you have enough RAM for your working tasks. How much is enough? Well lets make an example:

Your system boots up, usually Windows, and already needs around 4 GB of your RAM just for it to run smoothly. Then you start Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and open some photos, a book your are working on, and some illustrations, and a few seconds later your are already using 8 GB RAM.

Best Computer for Graphic Design - RAM Usage

You might want to have Chrome or another browser open for some music or reference images on websites, and there goes the next GB of RAM.

RAM is interesting, it doesn’t really make anything faster when you have enough of it, but it will slow you down without a question if you don’t have enough. So make sure you tend to have a bit too much than too little.

For our Best Computer for Graphic Design, I would recommend a minimum of 8 GB of RAM. That might be pushing it a bit though and you will be much happier with 16 GB of RAM, especially if you want to work on more complex projects, have more than one project open at a time or like to keep different software and browsers or email programs open in the background.

Current modern RAM is stated as DDR4, and for those of you who want to optimize the RAM speed as much as possible, you should be looking for high Clock Speed and Low CL Latency. So A Corsair DDR4 3200MHz CL15 would be slightly faster than a 2400MHz CL17.

Good Memory Modules that I can recommend are the Corsair Vengeance LPX Series.

Best Computer for Graphic Design – The GPU (Graphics Card)

Now the Graphics Card is a hardware component that is responsible for outputting anything to be displayed on any kind of display device, usually a monitor.

If you move an image in Photoshop the GPU takes care of displaying that, draw a line, update the Viewport, scroll through pages, this is all done by the GPU.

A good thing about Graphic Design is, that there are almost no GPU intensive tasks like there are in 3D Animation, Simulation, GPU Rendering, Video Editing, Encoding or the like.

The image manipulations you have in Graphic Design usually don’t need the GPU to update a bunch of hires images at a time, as is often the case in Motion Design or anything that is heavily animated work. You usually work on a single image or canvas that nicely fits into your system RAM and Graphics Card Video RAM (VRAM).

For our Best Computer for Graphic Design therefore, the GPU is a hardware part that you can save some money on without trading too much or any performance. Your Viewport will still be snappy and smooth.

As a minimum for serious Graphic Designers, I recommend an Nvidia GTX 1050 or better a GTX 1060 which will keep your PC performing well for a long time.

Image-Source: pugetsystems.com

Now there is one big BUT that I will mention before we can continue on.

If you are serious about accurate colors, are color grading, or do lots of color setup and color grading for print and the like, then you might want a great monitor that can display a wide range of colors in a range of 10bit or higher.

The bad thing about GTX graphics cards (as in the NVIDIA GTX 1050) is, that they don’t display more than 8bits of color. If this is something you can’t live without as can be quite common in the Graphic Design world, you will have to go for an NVIDIA Quadro Workstation Graphics Card, that are quite a bit more expensive but enable you to use these kinds of features.

Best Computer for Graphic Design – The Storage, SSD, HDD

Let’s talk about storage. Print resolution images, raw images, huge illustrations and books with hundreds of pages and graphics embedded in them need lots of space.

The project files are often very large and can get into the gigabytes fairly quickly, so you will want to get a decent hard drive to store all your files.

Back in the old days, the HDDs (Hard Disc Drives) were the way to go, using moving parts and magnetism to read and write data, but these kinds of storage devices have now been overtaken in almost all areas by the new SSDs or Solid State Drives.

Solid State Drives have no moving parts anymore and kind of work like flash memory cards or USB memory sticks, just a bit larger and much, much faster.

Speed is actually the greatest part about SSDs. They are a multitude faster than hard drives.

HDDs might still be cheaper in terms of cost per gigabyte, but SSDs are faster and better in every other aspect. They are smaller, shock resistant, have longer durability, have faster read and write speeds in all kinds of workloads and consume less power.

For your Best Computer for Graphic Design, you should get an SSD with at least 500 GB to get you started. You can always get another or switch to a bigger one if you run into space problems.

I can recommend a Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB SATA SSD.

That said though, there is something even better in the storage department, even faster than SATA SSDs: The PCI-E (M.2) NVME SSDs.

PCI Express non-volatile memory-express Solid State Drives. This sure is a fancy long name but the features deserve it.

Best Computer for Graphic Design - SSD vs NVMe

Image-Source: atpinc.com

NVMe SSDs are about 5 times faster than normal SSDs in sequential read and write performance and usually about twice as fast in other more random workloads. They are still twice as expensive as normal SATA SSDs but if you work with large project files within the gigabytes more often, a M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD will be a time saver.

For a PCI-E NVMe SSD, I recommend a Samsung 970 EVO M.2 500 GB drive.

The Mainboard (Motherboard)

The Mainboard is usually the tricky part as it has to fit all of the other parts that are supposed to go onto it.

The CPU has a certain socket type that the Mainboard has to have as well. An i7 8700k, for example, will have an LGA 1151 socket, and an AMD Ryzen 2700x will need a mainboard with an AM4 socket.

WS Z390 Pro Hero

Image-Credit: Asus

Some mainboard features that you might find handy usually are an inbuilt WiFi chip or card, a LAN port for connecting to your router with a network cable, a sound chip and lots of USB plugs for your input devices, external drives and USB sticks that you might use.

Having multiple PCI-E Slots for GPUs or any other cards usually shouldn’t concern you all that much for solely building the Best Computer for Graphic Design, but if you are planning on Gaming or using 3D Software for GPU rendering, you might want to consider it having more than one.

I put together some Computer Build Recommendations down below for you to take a look at, that will work well, in case you are not familiar enough with mainboard features and sockets to pick one out for yourself.

Upgrade-ability

New Technology changes so fast and hardware such as the CPU or GPU will be overtaken by new tech within a year at the latest.

If you want to be sure your Computer is future-proof for Graphic Design and will let itself be upgraded without having to buy an entirely new System, be sure to keep some things in mind:

AMD CPUs such as the Ryzen or Threadripper on AM4 and TR4 sockets usually can be upgraded to the next few CPU releases without having to buy a new mainboard.

Intel usually likes to break compatibility quite fast and its 1151 socket has been around for quite a while now so expect having to buy a new Mainboard for future Intel CPU generations.

RAM can usually be upgraded quite easily, either by swapping out with bigger sizes or can be added to if you still have some slots free.

Beware though that sometimes, even though you add the exact same type of ram speed and size to your already existing RAM, there might occur some incompatibility issues that can lead to instabilities as reported by some users.

Corsair RAM for Computer for 3D Modeling and Rendering

Image-Source: Corsair

It seems to be best to always get a complete RAM Kit in the final size and not two or more individual kits that will be combined to a total amount of RAM.

GPUs are plugged into the PCI-E slot and can be swapped out usually without any problem unless you get an extremely new GPU that absolutely requires a new PCI-E Version, though this is almost impossible to happen, as PCI-E is backward compatible.

You should be aware of how much power your Power Supply delivers, how much your overall system needs and if new or additional GPUs or other components that you might add, will draw too much power in a future setup.

Best Monitor for Graphic Design use

There is a huge price stretch when it comes to monitors. You can get a 24” Full HD monitor for 150 bucks or a seemingly same monitor for 1500$. Hows that?

Certainly, some of the reasons are the brand, additional features, pivot, design and so on, but the main reason between really expensive monitors and cheaper monitors has everything to do with how colors are displayed.

The panel that is used in expensive monitors usually has a greater color range, better contrast, higher bit depth, blacker blacks, and brighter whites. As mentioned in the GPU section though, you will need a more expensive Workstation Graphics card to make use of 10bits or higher color ranges in monitors.

Best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Animation: Dell

Image-Source: Dell

Now it is quite difficult to recommend a monitor as there are so many different use cases. You should think about what you do in a typical Graphic Design day.

If it has lots to do with how accurate colors look if you are color grading a TV spot or adjusting colors for a print magazine, then, by all means, be sure to get a good monitor, not necessarily expensive, but good.

If your budget is tight, consider getting a smaller Reference Monitor for proofing your colors on and a larger but cheaper monitor for actively working on in your programs.

If you would like to know more, definitely check out this in-depth Guide to buying the best Monitors for visually demanding work, which has all the information you need for getting the best Monitor for Graphic Design work.

Additional Hardware and Devices

Now to complete this Best Computer for Graphic Design you will need some more parts such as the PSU.

The PSU is the power source of a Computer and you’ll have to make sure it can provide enough watts for the computer to run stably even under full load. You can check your power needs with this watt calculator.

Depending on the CPU you get, you well need a CPU cooler. Many CPUs already come with a boxed CPU cooler, but you will need to get an additional processor cooling solution for some higher-end CPUs.

Parts needed to build a PC - CPU Cooler

Image-Source: bequiet

A good pick here is the BeQuiet Dark Rock 4 that I can recommend and have used several times myself. Noctua is a great go-to Brand for Cooling Solutions as well.

If you are looking at building the Computer yourself completely or just want to inform yourself about the different hardware parts necessary for building a Computer for Graphic Design use, it is good to know what kind of enclosures there are currently on the market.

The most common one would be the tower case that will nicely fit all of the above-noted hardware within and can be populated with all Standard off the shelf Hardware. These Tower Cases come in different sizes, materials, designs, and colors depending on your wishes.

Then there are computers that are built into a monitor itself such as the Microsoft Surface Studio or the Apple I-Mac or new Mac Pro.

Beware though that these kinds of ready to go computers won’t have the upgrade possibilities as a tower computer, especially because there is usually now way you can open and fiddle with the insides of such a computer on your own, also the parts used in such Pre-Built Computers are non-Standard. The price of such computers usually is crazy high compared to a self-built tower solution.

Input devices will be my last point on this list, but they are very important and can make or break an effective workflow. Some people like to use the mouse and keyboard, a pen and Touchscreen or the tablet and pen.

If you haven’t already figured out your preferred input device, it is wise to do a test run or borrow some devices from friends to get a feel of what type of input device fits you best and makes you the fastest.

The best Computer for Graphic Design in different Price Budgets

That was quite a long list, let’s take a look at some hardware combinations that will fit the best Computer for Graphic Design into your price budgets.

The best Computer for Graphic Design, AMD Build – 700$

 

The best Computer for Graphic Design, AMD Build – 1200$

 

The best Computer for Graphic Design, AMD Build – 2000$

 

The best Computer for Graphic Design, Intel Build – 2000$

 

Custom PC-Builder

If you want to get the best parts within your budget you should definitely have a look at the Web-Based PC-Builder Tool that I’ve created.

Select the main purpose that you’ll use the computer for and adjust your budget to create the perfect PC with part recommendations that will fit within your budget.

CGDirector PC-Builder Tool

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That’s about it! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or need some build advice.


Alex from CGDirector - post author

Hi, I'm Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I've built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I'll do my best to help out!

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Comments

Max

Hi Alex
After using iMac for many years, it doesn’t handle my Photoshop/Lightroom both opened + safari browser. Im building my first PC. Here are my specs so far:

Monitor: 27″ (68,58cm) Dell UltraSharp UP2716D 2560×1440 1xDP / 1x MiniDP / 2xHDMI 1.4
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8x 3.90GHz So.AM4 BOX
RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 DIMM CL16 Dual Kit
POWER: 650 Watt Corsair CORSAIR RM650X ATX Modular (80+Gold)
BOX: be quiet! Pure Base 500
GPU: 8GB MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER GAMING X DDR6
COOLERS: be quiet! Pure Wings 2 140x140x25mm 1000 U/min 18 dB(A) 2X
STORAGE: 1000GB Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 32Gb/s 3D-NAND QLC (CT1000P1SSD8) 2x
MOTHERBOARD: MSI X470 GAMING PRO MAX AM4 7B79-007R W7P (Retail)

What do you think about this setup? Any improvements?
Im I right that I can install 2x SSD cards?
Is the motherboard good enough for CPU and GPU?

Thanks!

Max

By the way how is Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite compared to MSI X470 GAMING PRO MAX AM4 7B79-007R W7P? Worth considering? Does it have double SSD slot?
Also is my SSD pick good enough or I should consider something like Samsung over it, which is double the price?

Thanks

Sata

Good time of the day Alex!

I found your article last winter and used your intel build layout as as reference for my first pc build which i already put together over this winter break. I made some compatible modifications but overall base mostly stayed the same. That said, I’m still looking for the way to speed it up a little. My school assignments and work requires me to have fast pc and programs I’m working in on daily basics include multiple browser windows Opera/Firefox/Chrome for testing/editing online (I try to not exceed 5-7 at once), Blender, Z-brush, 3Ds Max, Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterFx, PremierePro, Dw, Bootstrap, Xd, Id and bitnami..
In just few months I’ve noticed it started to slow down drastically (mainly noticeable as Adobe glitches) and after connecting Wacom as third monitor for drawing it became even less responsive to what I expected it to be
I would like to get an advice (if you possibly could) on what can be added/improved. And maybe few pointers on settings for progs to make it work flawlessly in conjunction.

My warmest regards,
Sata

~Build breakdown:
Intel Core i9-9900K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.0 GHz Turbo unlocked LGA1151 300 Series 95W
Noctua NH-D15, Premium CPU Cooler with 2x NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fans
(2) Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm Fan 1200rpm, 17dB(A)
ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) ATX DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 Gigabit LAN
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC2, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans & RGB LED Graphics Card 08G-P4-2182-KR
Corsair LPX 32GB (2x16GB) 3200MHz C16 DDR4 DRAM Memory Kit (CMK32GX4M2B3200C16)
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD (MZ-V7S1T0B/AM)
Seasonic Power Supply Power Supply SSR-1200GD
Fractal Design Meshify C – Compact Mid Tower Computer Case – Airflow/Cooling / 2X Fans / PSU Shroud / Modular Interior / Water-Cooling Ready / USB3.0 / Tempered Glass Side Panel /White
ASUS PCE-AC68 AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless PCI-E Adapter

Norrat

Hey Alex, I’m looking at getting a graphics card predominantly for photoshop. I have an Eizo 10 bit monitor, and as I need to utilize this feature I was going to get the quadro p2000 but then I was told that Nvidia has released new “Studio Drivers” that means there Geforce RTX cards now support 10 bit. However I have been able to find very little information about it online. Do you know of anyone using them?

https://petapixel.com/2019/07/29/nvidia-unveils-new-studio-driver-with-support-for-10-bit-color-for-creatives/

Andreas Stamatakis

Hi Alex, thanks for breaking down in a easy to understand language . I am interested in your recommendation to help me select from one of the two options I am considering before I purchase.
They are both Dell OptiPlex All in Ones.
Option 1: i5-9500, 16G RAM with 512GB SSD
Option 2: i7-9700, 16GB RAM with 256GB SSD.
I wasn’t sure if the i7 upgrade for a sacrifice in size SSD is worth it – I would be interested and appreciative of your thoughts?
Thanks Andreas

Hi Andreas,

Thanks for asking!

The CPU is basically the heart of your system and is responsible for how fast and smooth your workflow is. Having said that, a CPU upgrade is always more important and will always have more benefits in the long run as opposed to having bigger storage. And besides, it’s relatively cheaper to upgrade your storage so you can get the better CPU now and just get a bigger SSD later on.

Cheers,
Alex

Bie

Thank you for this indepth explanation and really good suggestions, Alex! I was really skeptical on what kind of build I would get especially that it’s my first time to buy a PC. This really helped me!

Mark

Hi Alex, great explanation of the different components. It looks like your last i9 lineup is the one for me. But just to make sure… I am running a headless (no screen) Windows machine, this machine runs InDesign CC with a script I wrote. I need this machine to be as fast as possible (sadly InDesign still only utilises 1 Core). So SSD, Fast processor (Intel or AMD)… but do I also need the fast GPU? I don’t know if InDesign even uses it if there is no screen attached. The script builds the entire document without any visuals on the screen.
The machine will not run any other applications.

Joe Seda

KUDOS!!! Super good information in very efficient and compact way! Although you did list some, we can not forget the importance of a POWER SUPPLY with real world specs to handle our build. PLEASE do a report on power supplies. The market is inundated with all sorts of FALSE CLAIMS about the efficiency and durability of their power supplies.
I never forget how much trouble I went through during my first high end upgrade UNTIL I realized the power supply WAS NOT up to spec as per advertised specs. Truly appreciate your research and the love for “beginners” you have. — Joe

Anil

Hi Alex!!
Your content was awesome and unique very useful.

I have been working with design agencies for more than 5 years.
I am looking for higher configuration desktop PC ( Approx $1200 – $1400 ). I am working in PhotoshopCC, IllustratorCC, After Effects, Premier pro, octane render. Would request you to kindly let me know the best configuration.

Also Please suggest best monitor for Graphic Design. For monitor budget ($250 to $350).

Thanks

Hey Anil,

Thanks for dropping a comment and thank you for the kind words!

A budget of around $1,400 will get you a build like the below:

Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=zq1Dg0h0lke

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz 8-Core Processor ($339.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming x570-Plus (Wifi) ATX AM4 ($189.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X ($439.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($149.29)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($109.99)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($64.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($92.99)

The total of the build comes up to around $1387.23. With this build, you get a capable CPU-RAM combination with the Ryzen 7 3800X and 32GB of RAM working together to ensure that your workflow is always fast and smooth. In addition to that, you get an RTX 2060 Super for your graphics card. This GPU will come in handy in case you need to use the GPU render engines.

As for your monitor, I suggest that you check this article out: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-monitor-graphic-design-video-editing-3d/. I have several monitor recommendations in that article and have one, the Philips 276E8VJSB, that fits your budget. Feel free to have a look!

Cheers,
Alex

Sheila

I am looking to buy a desktop for a graphic design student. I need it to be able to run Adobe (Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop) software without freezing or slowing down. Many times, these programs are used simultaneously. What is your recommendation? As a college student, I need one that is priced very economically.

Thanks.

Hi Sheila,

Thanks for asking!

If I may ask, how much is your budget? Also, when you say you are looking to buy a desktop, are you looking to buy a branded, prebuilt PC? Or do you want to build one from the ground up?

Alternatively, you might also want to consider buying a laptop instead. If you have a budget of around $1,000 for example, you can get the 2019 model of the Lenovo Legion Y540. Below are the specs of the said laptop:

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Memory(RAM) 24GB DDR4-2400
SSD 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
HDD 1TB Hard Disk Drive
Weight 2.3 kg (~5.06pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

The 2019 Lenovo Legion Y540 is currently priced at around $998.00 but you get a very capable i7-9750H CPU at the heart of its system. Additionally, this laptop comes with a whopping 24GB of RAM and this CPU-RAM combination will not only ensure that your workflow is always fast and smooth but it will also allow you to run Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop all at the same time without skipping a beat, so to speak.

Cheers,
Alex

FreshlyInWebdesign

Hello Alex,

Thanks for give us these precise and more than helpful informations through your article,

I started a Webdesign -Distance learning- I’m using an old desktop computer to follow the courses and work on the exercices,.. but many issues happened (image freezings, shutdowns when many app opened at same time, and so),

Now i decided to buy a laptop, so i’ve read various specialized blogs, reviewed several E-sites trying to make comparisons by my own, but I admit that in terms of computer components, everything looks blurry to me. So in search for advice, I e-mailed training staff, and none of them were able to give me clear advice.

Here the thing, I have to work on Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, ( and other Adobe softwares sometimes for making a portfolio) possibly with multi software opened simulteanously with Chrome. What would you recommend for a built-in laptop configuration?

I want you to know that I would appreciate your time in reading my message, hoping for an answer.

Cordially,

Zahra

Hi Zahra,

Thanks for dropping a line and thank you for the kind words!

If I may ask, how much are you willing to spend for a new laptop? Please let me know so I can give you the best recommendation based on your budget.

Also, you might want to check out the site’s PC Builder Tool at https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/. It’s a web-based tool that allows you to specify your budget and use case and gives you the best recommendations based on your inputs.

Cheers,
Alex

FreshlyInWebdesign

Hello dear Alex,

Thanks for the answer. Regarding the price, my real limit is 700 French Euros (with the conversion, it’s like… 769.99 dollars).

According to you, from what budget, can we be sure to have something correct while avoiding the low end.

Cordially

Zahra