Buying a Computer to use with a
If you’re about to buy a new computer,
here’s what I’d recommend:
Windows based computers should have
the Windows XP or Windows 7 operating system. It handles photos very
well. Vista is not so easy.
CPU - avoid the
Intel Celeron and choose a Pentium or AMD Athlon, they
are better for manipulating images than the lesser
RAM – get lots. At
the very least 2 GB, more is better.
readers are a convenient way to get your photos into the
Hard Drive – photo files are big.
Today an 160 GB drive is standard, but you may want to
upgrade to a 320 GB or bigger drive.
Get a CD or DVD
drive that can write disks as well as read them - a
Video or Graphics card. Most
computers use integrated graphics, where the motherboard
of the computer itself handles the display output. A
separate graphics card provides better images and
rewrites to the screen faster.
Get a big monitor,
our eyes aren't as young as they used to be.
Great Photo Prints from Digital
You can make good prints at home with a photo-quality ink
jet printer by using special photo-quality paper, although
those home prints usually fade faster than “real” photos.
It’s fun to print your own photos, but
you’ll get consistently better photos at a lower price by
bringing them to us.