Minimum system requirements for decent photo editing:

  • Intel Core i3 5th generation
  • 8 GB Ram
  • AMD or NVIDIA graphics card with OpenCL and OpenGL support
  • one hard drive for the operating system
  • second hard drive for cache

Something like this will work well for editing portraits, headshots and small photo shoots (under 100 photos). Post processing a big number of raw photos for weddings and other events is possible but the speed is not optimal.

System requirements for intense photo editing:

  • Intel Core i7 7th generation
  • 32 GB Ram
  • AMD or NVIDIA graphics card with OpenCL and OpenGL support
  • one hard drive for the operating system
  • second SSD  for cache (Solid State Drive)

These are the requirements only for the processing power. You’ll also need a calibrated monitor, mouse, keyboard and maybe a tablet. The tablet is needed for very specific photo retouching tasks.

Tip: you can use the second hard drive for both Operating System and Editing Software cache.

I’ve wrote this article based on my personal experience and after testing quite a few computers over the years.