Contact US

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Pc Setup for photoshop CS3

Pc Setup for photoshop CS3

Pc Setup for photoshop CS3

I have Photoshop CS3 Extended on an old PC with 512Mb RAM, 80 Gb hard drive. Haven't use CS3 in about a year because system keeps crashing. I want to buy a new PC and would appreciate any advice you can give regarding hardware requirements. I've received some advise about having 2 separate HDDs, using SATA Drives and RAID 0 partitions but I'm a bit confused. Any advise would be appreciated.

RE: Pc Setup for photoshop CS3

Any computer you buy today is going to be an improvement (and sufficient for Photoshop CS3) - - - unless you are looking at a netbook.

RAID is optional. A second hard drive for Photoshop scratch has always been recommended - - see the manual. You could buy most any stock computer today and add your old 80GB drive to it as a scratch drive.

RE: Pc Setup for photoshop CS3


This is just my opinion but I would go with two hard drives and no raid.

I would rather have my hard drives independent of one another.

I back up all my data on the second hard drive using Norton Ghost.

This drive also has a complete backup of drive C: so that it can be restored using a boot DVD, in case the drive fails,
Windows crashes or I get some really bad virus or something.

As an added precaution I back up both of the drives in the computer to an external drive that can restore either drive as well just to be sure.

Don't scrimp on hard drive space, two 500 gig drives are very cheap now and you can get and external drive for about a hundred bucks.

If you have years of photos and job files as I do you can't be too safe.

If you wan't a really powerful computer at a fair price check out the basic Falcon Northwest Talon, or look at the specs.
Two of my friends have them and I have a more powerful version of one myself. Photoshop runs so fast it is hard to believe compared to my previous computer.


Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close