Go Back   RetouchPRO > Tools > Software
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Software Photoshop, Lightroom, Paintshop Pro, Painter, etc., and all their various plugins. Of course, you can also discuss all other programs, as well.

CPU for Photoshop CS6 for new build

Thread Tools
Old 06-03-2012, 09:16 PM
pixelPower3 pixelPower3 is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 4
CPU for Photoshop CS6 for new build

Hey guys I've been a Photoshop user for close to 15 years. I have ver. CS2 and a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual core CPU 4200+ 2.21GHz CPU /1GB RAM (6 years old along with the version CS2 running WinXP SP3) I plan on upgrading this year my hardware, OS (to WIn 7 64-bit) and the Adobe Production Premium suite to CS6 (After upgrading to CS5.5 since I am ineligible for the upgrade from CS2. )

One of the things that has always bothered me in Photoshop CS2 was when I set a paintbrush or a blur brush to 300 pixels wide and I'm working even on a small 4x6" 300dpi canvas If I make a brushstroke it takes seconds to make a rendered stroke. I plan on doing digital paintings with a Wacom tablet 8x10, 11x14, 16x20" in size with Photoshop CS6.

Granted we are talking about a 6 year old mid-level CPU and now new technology but I would like to know along with using 8 GB RAM

Will this 300 pixel-wide brush lag totally change with a Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad-Core?

Is there a significant difference when using Photoshop with a Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz Quad-Core since both chips are multicore which Photoshop does use?

I'm trying to choose my new build and figure out what CPU to get since they are $110. difference. Is is night and day with most of the CPU intensive stuff on Photoshop?

I don't really do After Effects work but planned on getting a mid-level Nvidia graphics card (for the CUDA cores). I have heard that VRAM on the graphics card is impt. for lag on big brushes though. 1GB okay?
Would I be much better off getting a 60 or 128GB SSD boot C: drive rather than the faster CPU?

I use Adobe Audition and do some audio editing and multitrack music mixing.
Reply With Quote top
Old 06-04-2012, 03:25 AM
sandeepivan's Avatar
sandeepivan sandeepivan is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Philippines
Posts: 8
Re: CPU for Photoshop CS6 for new build

I think if your are just using Photoshop you just need at least dual core cpu and add more ram 4 gig is enough for photo retouching.
About the music mixing/audio editing dual core is still enough you just need a more ram.make it 8gb ram for retouching and audio editing.
Reply With Quote top
Old 06-04-2012, 09:28 AM
mistermonday's Avatar
mistermonday mistermonday is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 3,028
Re: CPU for Photoshop CS6 for new build

PS is a CPU intensive application. If you ever plan to do any HDR work you will need all the CPU power you can get. Spend the extra bucks and get a quad core i7.
Min 8GB of ram preferably 16GB. RAM is inexpensive and PS is a memory hog. If you plan to run other apps same time as PS, the extra ram will come in handy.
Win7 64 bit needs larger system drive than 32 bit Win OS. 64GB is no longer adequate for a boot drive, and I won't go into the details now. If you are going to get an SSD I recommend 128GB min. However, there are some issues with SSDs and they are still not the most reliable. You might consider staying with a conventional SATA hard drive but get a fast one like 7200RPM or higher.
Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Tools > Software

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ineligible for upgrade to CS6 from CS2 pixelPower3 Software 4 06-04-2012 09:54 AM
Cs6 skydog Software 2 06-04-2012 09:18 AM
Photoshop: A "Suite" price break path to CS6 John Wheeler Software 6 04-26-2012 01:44 AM
Computer: Photoshop: How much RAM? Which CPU? - new PC build DannyRaphael Hardware 6 04-12-2012 07:13 AM
Looking to build a portfolio LucyHoare Work/Jobs 2 01-04-2012 01:48 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved