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I'm researching hardware in order to build a new PC and I'd like to run linux as my main OS and just run windows in a VM. Do you think it'll be fast enough to run photoshop in a windows VM or will I still have to dual boot? Are the graphics supported by Ubuntu (both the Radeon card and the integrated chipset)?

My current plan is here as an amazon wish list.

In summary:

  • CPU - Intel i5 2500k
  • MOBO - Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3
  • Memory - Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz
  • Graphics - Asus 1GB Radeon HD 6850 PCI-E 2
  • SRT - Nocti mSATA 60GB SSD (just for the caching, I have another drive for main HDD)

Cheers, Matt

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I use Photoshop and Lightroom in Windows XP VM using 10 year old MB and 2GB RAM Sempron +1800 Answer is YES – Ringtail Feb 29 '12 at 20:02

Those specifications will be more then adequate for your expressed need. You could probably use an i3 and less ram (4-6 Gb) if money is tight.

My only concern would be with the ati card, you might check compatibility with that (or wait for someone with more ATI experience then I have to comment.

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Depending on which version of Photoshop, WINE is also an option. I run CS2 on my i5-based Lenovo laptop with a pretty wimpy integrated graphics card and it runs quite well.

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Theoretically, it should work. As for any problem with graphics, there should be a check-box in Photoshop settings that allows you to enable/disable GPU acceleration. With GPU acceleration disabled, Photoshop should work without any problems.

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