We have two separate components to talk through here, so let’s start with the one that is going to affect your daily tasks and usage the most – the RAM.
When it comes to graphic design your RAM is probably going to be the second most important component after your CPU when it comes to processing power and your computer’s actual speed, so making sure that you have the best available is going to be a matter of importance.
Modern systems that want to stay top of their respective classes all use DDR4 level RAM, with dual or quad-channel configurations that are going to allow your PC to quickly access and use memory as and when it’s needed. I’m going to argue that you will at least need 16gb of RAM to see your PC perform at its best, as Photoshop and other design applications can be a bit heavy when it comes to RAM usage, so use that as a benchmark, but if you find that you need more RAM it’s simple enough to add it into your PC, usually consisting of a literal plugin of an additional RAM stick.
If you want a specific recommendation, then have a look for G.Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4 Ram, it’s the fastest pick and offers 16gb of memory right off the bat, so it’s going to hold up just fine when it comes to graphic design. If you want some more options though, take a look through our recommendations to see if any other RAM models fit into either your budget or any other requirements better.
Now we move onto the internal memory of your PC, and here you are going to be met with one major choice: HDD or SSD? And your choice should be SSD every time.
This is because SSD is much, much quicker than a traditional hard drive thanks to the information and files being stored on flash memory that retains its data even when power isn’t being run to the memory itself, making boot and load times much quicker.
So, if you are a graphic designer working from home and you are finding that loading times are the bane of your life (including export, import, and other fun Photoshop staples) then have a look into SSD possibilities, as they could reduce these stresses for you. You can even get an external SSD if you aren’t wanting to commit to a full PC build, but still want to take advantage of the speed of a solid-state drive.
The only other thing you need to think about is the actual capacity of the drives you are looking to use. I know that those who have a lot of experience in graphic design won’t need to be told, but raw photographs and PSD files can often rack up huge chunks of memory, so make sure that you are outfitted with a lot of space to keep everything stored safely without having to compress or convert files.
Check out Samsung’s EVO SSD, it’s a great affordable solid-state drive that offers one terabyte of space, so you aren’t going to be short to start with, but it can still be expandable with additional external solid-state drives.