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BrindleDog

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08-01-2021 12:53 PM

Can anyone recommend a computer to run Sketchup and Adobe Premiere Pro? I’m getting a workshop started and want something that can handle this software. I’d like to keep the entire set up including monitor under $1500. I’m not completely ignorant about PCs but I’m not interested in the headache of parts selection and building my own. I’d like to buy and have a warranty. I’m guessing that some of you guys have been in this position.

If this is an inappropriate post here, sorry.


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lauB

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#1 posted 08-01-2021 01:29 PM

ASUS Predator Helios 300. It’s a laptop, not PC, but I think it’s more comfortable to work at.

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SMP

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#2 posted 08-01-2021 01:39 PM

Do you have a Costco membership? and by chance a Costco credit card?

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987Ron

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#3 posted 08-01-2021 01:58 PM

larger screen for these old eyes.

-- Ron

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BrindleDog

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#4 posted 08-01-2021 02:00 PM

I don’t have a Costco membership. Do they have a great deal?

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SMP

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#5 posted 08-01-2021 03:05 PM



I don t have a Costco membership. Do they have a great deal?

- BrindleDog

they always have decent deals, but they include a 2 year warranty and have great phone concierge support. if you have their credit card and use it for the PC they extend the warranty to 4 years.

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 08-01-2021 03:19 PM

With Costco and electronics, you can almost 100% of the time find the same item cheaper elsewhere. That being said, the convenience of Costco customer service and warranties can prove invaluable and if you are not self-sufficient on “going it alone” with a device, I’d say you can’t go wrong with Costco.

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bruc101

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#7 posted 08-01-2021 03:58 PM

I don’t buy new computers anymore, and I don’t use laptops to design on (my personal preference). I use 4 desktops and have 2 laptops. I use the laptops for business meetings and for the last year staying sheltered in, I use the laptops to talk to clients and friends in Skype and Zoom.

I buy refurbished Dell’s and they’ve never let me down. I needed a new XP machine about 4 years ago to run Autocad 2000, Autocad Architectural Desktop 2004, Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, CorelDraw 14 and Peachtree Accounting, Adobe Premiere 8.0, and Adobe 8.0 professional. Not going to pay for expensive software upgrades when I don’t need them just to run on Windows 10. My 36” Plotter works on the XP machines.

I bought one loaded with ram and HD from a reputable dealer on Ebay that I’ve used before and it’s still rocking with no issues and have never had any. The best I can remember I paid him $274.00 for the machine with a 6 month warranty. I bought a HP 22” monitor for it from Walmart that came with a 12 month warranty for $139.00. I also bought an XP machine from him 5 years ago for my shop. Had an issue, he called it back at his expense, fixed it and returned it to me. Still working like a charm.

Right after the purchase, I got a Windows 10 machine from him, loaded, for about the same price as the XP machine and it’s still rocking along with no issues.

I also have a Windows 7 machine bought new and given to me as a gift. Slow as heck and have had issues with it from day one, not a Dell.

Everything you see on my website was drawn on those machines in Autocad 2000 and Autocad Architectural Desktop 2004 except for the ones I drew in the late 90’s and later on a refurbished Windows 2000 NT Pro Dell, still running.

Computers are like a spouse a friend told me one time. You actually don’t know what your getting until you get one lol.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 08-01-2021 04:23 PM

Yep. I too have Laptops, and tablets, but for anything real, where my eyes need to do some work, it’s the trusty PC with a bigazz monitor. :-)

I think the biggest plus is it’s possible to get a lot more processing power, and memory on a PC type frame, than a lappie, if total cost is important. You can get it on a laptop, but dang, you gotta pay. With external SSD drives becoming cheaper having a huge vat to store all of your work, files, video, etc etc, is a cinch outside of the box, no matter what shape or size your box is. All you need is a USB, or whatever applicable port on your system to the drive and there you are.

-- Think safe, be safe

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bruc101

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#9 posted 08-01-2021 05:22 PM


Yep. I too have Laptops, and tablets, but for anything real, where my eyes need to do some work, it s the trusty PC with a bigazz monitor. :-)

I think the biggest plus is it s possible to get a lot more processing power, and memory on a PC type frame, than a lappie, if total cost is important. You can get it on a laptop, but dang, you gotta pay. With external SSD drives becoming cheaper having a huge vat to store all of your work, files, video, etc etc, is a cinch outside of the box, no matter what shape or size your box is. All you need is a USB, or whatever applicable port on your system to the drive and there you are.

- therealSteveN


Amen on the bigazzz monitor! The more space you got on a monitor when designing the easier it is to see and get more on it without having to zoom in and out. I’m going to three 27” monitors just as soon as I get my new workstation finished.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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Rich

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#10 posted 08-01-2021 05:45 PM

Regarding “bigazz” monitors (who talks like that?), they are great if you’re a day trader and need 20 windows open at once. When it comes to graphics, like SketchUp, not such a big deal, since you’re working in one window and can zoom for detail. I use SketchUp on a 15” laptop, and would be just fine on a 13” as well.

The Adobe Premier Pro is a different story. I do just fine with my laptop, but if you’re planning professional-level multi-track video editing, it can get cramped. For simpler tasks, the smaller monitor is adequate. Only you can make that assessment.

I’ve been using Onshape mostly lately. I like that it’s multi-platform and I can design on my laptop as well as my 12.9” iPad Pro. It even allows me to fully display my designs on my iPhone. It also has a pretty extensive material database that can be useful determining mass and CG, etc.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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JAAune

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#11 posted 08-01-2021 06:17 PM

Just about any computer made in the last 10 years will run Sketchup.

Adobe Premier Pro will dictate your minimum system requirements. The info is in the following link: System Requirements

Go with minimum system requirements if you’re a light user. Match the recommended system requirements if you plan to be a heavy user.

I’d recommend a system marketed towards professionals from Dell or HP (I’ve had good luck with their pro laptops and buy refurbished like Bruc) if you’re not building your own. Or skip the PC and get a Mac. PC’s are good for people who like to build their own or people who like to game on their computers. If you don’t plan on doing those things, a Mac sounds like a better fit for you.

I recommend a dual screen monitor for serious work in Sketchup or video editing. One screen gets filled with toolboxes and references while the other is used for the actual work. So check for dual output video cards on the systems you look at.

-- See my work at http://altaredesign.com

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AlaskaGuy

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#12 posted 08-01-2021 06:30 PM

I’m in the “bigazz” screen on a PC camp myself and I have a 17’’ laptop. My PC is a 27’’ screen.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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JAAune

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#13 posted 08-01-2021 06:33 PM

One thing I didn’t mention is one of the reasons I prefer dual screen. Price per square inch of screen space is often cheaper with two smaller monitors than one giant monitor.

-- See my work at http://altaredesign.com

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AlaskaGuy

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#14 posted 08-01-2021 06:36 PM

Ask Good “Recommend computer to run Sketchup.

Just one example.

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=Reconmend+computer+of+Sketchup

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Madmark2

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#15 posted 08-01-2021 07:02 PM

I prefer laptops for portability and built in UPS. But if staring at the screen all day doing CAD, then the biggest/highest rez (rez preferred vs size) display is called for. External mouse is also preferred as is “ergo” keyboard.

Save your eyes, work CAD in low light. Use task light instead of general illumination. Bright office lighting causes eyestrain when doing CAD 40 hrs/wk.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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