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It seems that the only re­views for pow­er­ful com­put­ers and dis­plays re­volve around gam­ing. I would like to see more about pho­tog­ra­phy. What is a good spec for Adobe Pho­to­shop and Light­room? Which dis­plays best suit pho­to­graphic pro­cess­ing, and are curved screens OK? The best prin­ters? Mac or Win­dows? Which fea­tures ben­e­fit from a GPU? Is it all about RAM or speed? Are high-res­o­lu­tion mice worth the ex­tra cost? (I find them eas­ier to use than a tablet.) Is a Core i5 pro­ces­sor ad­e­quate? Mul­tithread­ing may not be an is­sue, so an i7 may be overkill. There are many other fac­tors in the choice of hard­ware so how about Shop­per com­ing up with a spec for the ideal sys­tem. Look­ing for­ward to see­ing a wider range of ap­pli­ca­tions than just gam­ing in the fu­ture. Cliff Mal­colm

In gen­eral, a gam­ing-spec PC is fast enough for photo edit­ing, although you could ar­guably ditch the pow­er­ful graph­ics card and make do with a cheaper model or in­te­grated graph­ics.

When spec­c­ing a PC for edit­ing pho­tos, look for one with a de­cent amount of RAM, so you have enough mem­ory for edit­ing large pho­tos – 8GB is fine for the lighter user, but go for 16GB if you have a rel­a­tively posh cam­era or you edit a lot. An Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5 or higher pro­ces­sor will do the job.

For dis­plays, colour ac­cu­racy is the most im­por­tant thing, and it should be colour­cal­i­brated. Our dis­play re­views men­tion how good each mon­i­tor is and what it’s suit­able for.

What do other read­ers think? If there’s in­ter­est, we’ll hap­pily put to­gether a fea­ture on creat­ing the per­fect photo- and videoedit­ing setup.

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