Help need a PC to run Indesign

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by rutabowa, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    I need to run the latest Indesign, are there any good offers out there atm? Desktop or laptop ok... refurbed/2nd hand also fine....
     
  2. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    If noone replies I'm just going to get an imac off gumtree, I'll probably get murdered.
     
  3. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    If you get a 2nd hand Apple device, just make sure it's not ancient!

    As for Indesign, Any modern i5+ processor with 8 to 16GB of RAM should do the job. The illusive question as always is, what's your budget?
     
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  4. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Give us a price for your budget. There's plenty of better PC choices than an old iMac.
     
  6. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    About £350
     
  7. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    I got a decent price on a 2008 mac pro 8 core, but its doesnt have processor or graphic card updated.. will it work for now, and I can upgrade these later?

    Or would a 2013 imac be a better choice.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
  8. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    You're not going to get anything decent 2nd hand Apple for that.

    Have a look in the cheap laptop thread at the latest posts, some people been having some good success with ex business refurb Thinkpads that should do the job around that price range. You're going to need 8GB of RAM thou to run Indesign well. If you can't find anything with 8GB already, ensure it's upgradable so you can get the extra RAM at a later date.
     
  9. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    well I can get a 2013 imac for that, which our IT says will work if not lightning fast.
     
  10. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    Would a Thinkpad really run Indesign/Photoshop! I'll check it out... just weighing up though if it is worth the hassle havign to learn a new operating system, as well as work being mac-based.
     
  11. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    surely I'd be better off getting a desktop than a laptop tho, if I don't need it to be portable?
     
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  12. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

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  13. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    oh that last one looks interesting
     
  14. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    bam, gone for that one, IT said it looked great too.
     
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  15. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    3 month warranty, so if you don't like it, dump it back on them! :)
     
  16. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    oh now i got to get a monitor and keyboard etc I just realised
     
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  17. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Ask your friendly IT dept! ;)
     
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  18. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    thanks v much! I feel like I made the right decision.
     
  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    eBuyer do great monitors from around £70.
     
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  20. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

  21. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    And looks like you can stick a second CPU in very cheaply?
     
  22. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    what will that do? something good?
     
  23. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Make it faster. How well Indesign deals with the extra grunt is probably better answered by cybershot or similar, but it would do more things at the same time better.

    I saw the CPUs on ebay for less then a tenner.
     
  24. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    The 4 core Xeon already in it should be sufficient. The bottle neck will be the hard drive which you could replace with an SSD type one down the line once you have a better idea what your capacity needs are. Then it will really fly. Or get a small 256GB SSD for the OS and apps. And then use the 1TB just for data storage.

    If you don’t have a backup solution in mind start thinking about that too. Last thing you want is to lose all those indesign files. Even if it’s just a basic External USB drive to start with and some software which runs the backup for you as soon as it’s plugged in.

    Then think about the house burning down solution later. :(
     
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  25. Dropbox is fine for backup. If it’s allowed on your company’s network.
     
  26. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    Ill be working remotely off a server that is backed up every day for my main work, so I don't need to worry about backups for that... just for the odd other project
     
  27. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    Wait doesn't it have 240gb ssd already? It says in details
     
  28. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Yes, it does. :)
     
  29. And InDesign files are hardly big.
    The image files it pulls in might be though.
     
  30. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    They're not crazy big, the ones I deal with currently. 100mb max, most are more like 7/8mb
     
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