As I’ve started to spend more time trying to teach myself how to use the digital darkroom, I’ve come to realise that the 3 year old laptop that I currently use for editing my photos is now starting to struggle with the size of the RAW files, as it is becoming increasingly slow and intermittently falls over. Due to this (and my wife complaining that I hog the only computer we own), I’m looking for a replacement that can cope with running Lightroom 5 and CS2, but that will potentially cope with any upgrades over the next few years. Photo editing is however the only thing that remotely tests the capabilities of my current machine, as web browsing and the odd excel spreadsheet is about all it is used for beyond that.
Obviously, the minimum tech requirements for these is what I need, however what should I “ideally” have processor/RAM wise? I was hoping to get something that would suffice for my requirements for no more than £500, less would be better, however if I need to spend more than that I will, it will just be further down the line. Due to space and portability requirements I’m looking for another laptop, but will also be looking to add a screen to it at some point in the future when funds allow.
Anyone with more current knowledge than mine care to offer me some guidance? The minimum requirements for lightroom are:
Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor*
DirectX 10–capable or later graphics card
Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space