Graphic Design Computer Requirements

You’ve probably heard arguments from both ends of the spectrum over which brand of computer or operating system is best for graphic design. Well, we challenge you to dig deeper than brand, and even aesthetics, to analyze a computer for its hardware and accessories.

Consider these elements before you make your purchase:


First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that your computer has at least more processing speed and storage capabilities than a netbook. You’ll also want good resolution and a computer no older than three years. Here are the graphic design computer requirements and specifications:

  • Processor: Go with an Intel Processor as fast as you can afford
  • RAM (Random Access Memory): 4GB minimum. 8 or 16GB is better
  • Hard Drive Type: Hard Disk Drive, Solid State Drive for durability
  • Hard Drive Storage: 500GB minimum for storage


Having a screen with good resolution is key to viewing your designs in their best quality. Here are the specifics:

  • Resolution: 1280×800 pixels minimum for both screen quality and running programs
  • Monitor Type: Vertical Alignment Panel minimum for color reproduction

Graphics Tablet

The navigation device brings back the “paper and pen” feeling. This is a great accessory to help you create intricate details rather than relying on your mouse or trackpad to do the job.

Get the tech support you need for your graphic design needs

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The best operating system for graphic design.

Mac or PC for Design?

The Answer: It’s completely up to you.

As we’ve expressed with the elements above, your purchase should be based on what the computer offers, not who it’s made by.

Apple had dominance in the graphic design world due to programs like Photoshop only being available on Macs. However, with the Windows version of Photoshop being introduced four years after the original Mac version, Microsoft has made leaps and bounds to become just as efficient as Apple.

At the end of the day, we recommend you purchase a computer that supports the operating system you’re most comfortable using. However, don’t limit yourself by only learning how to use a design program on one type of operating system in the event that your company chooses to switch from one to another.

Let us know what other elements or accessories you use for graphic design in the comments below.

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