Build a PC for Adobe Creative Cloud

Build a PC for Adobe Creative Suite – Full Guide

So you want to build a PC for Adobe Creative Suite? I’m going to take you step by step on what you need to know such as the specific hardware you must get, and how to put them together. We are also going to look at the different apps included in the Adobe Creative Suite, and their specific hardware requirements.

By the way, Adobe Creative Suite is now known as Adobe Creative Cloud and is now a subscription-based service. There are different tiers of subscription for both professionals and students, and you can also download trials for select apps for a period of time.

Adobe Creative Suite encompasses a wide range of applications for the media, entertainment, and advertising industries. The suite of applications targets different industries such as printing and publishing, new media, photography, video production, and others.

But before we get to it, please understand that this page may contain affiliate links. We may earn commissions for qualifying purchases made through this page, at no extra cost to you. This is to support our work.

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Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud comprise a wide array of apps for the creative, publishing and media industries. Image Credit l wallpapercave.com

How to get Adobe Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite)

Adobe Creative Cloud is available for individuals and teams in the creative, media and entertainment, publishing, design, film & video, web services, and other related industries. Most of the apps have trials that allow you to test-run before you commit.

PC Builds for Adobe Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite)

All the builds featured on this page have been vetted for compatibility. There may be minor issues such as updating your motherboard BIOS which is expected. However, in any case, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

You’ll find 3 categories of builds for budget, mid-range and high-end, on both AMD and Intel platforms. This is quite necessary to accommodate every budget.

AMD BUILDS

TAKE YOUR PICK FROM 3 OPTIONS – BUDGET, MID-RANGE, AND HIGH-END BUILDS

Build a PC for Adobe Creative Suite

BUDGET AMD BUILD FOR ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

This build is geared towards DESIGN/PUBLISHING Creative Cloud Apps. It will run most of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps easily. These include apps such as Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, most of the cloud-based apps, and most of the design apps. However, don’t expect it to run demanding apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects satisfactorily. If you want to run Premiere Pro, After Effects, or Adobe Dimension, please choose a higher build below.

Last update on 2021-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

NB: The CPU Cooler is bundled with the processor.

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MID-RANGE AMD BUILD FOR ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

This build is geared towards DESIGN/PUBLISHING/MULTIMEDIA Creative Cloud Apps. It will run most of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps easily. These include apps such as Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and all of the cloud-based apps. It will also run demanding apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects. Please refer to the app hardware specifications for more information.

Last update on 2021-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Build a PC for Adobe Creative Suite

HIGH-END AMD BUILD FOR ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

This build is geared towards DESIGN/PUBLISHING/MULTIMEDIA Creative Cloud Apps. It will run all of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps easily. Please refer to the app hardware specifications for more information.

Last update on 2021-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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INTEL BUILDS

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Build a PC for Adobe Creative Suite

BUDGET INTEL BUILD FOR ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

This build is geared towards DESIGN/PUBLISHING Creative Cloud Apps. It will run most of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps easily. These include apps such as Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, most of the cloud-based apps, and most of the design apps. However, don’t expect it to run demanding apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects satisfactorily. If you want to run Premiere Pro, After Effects, or Adobe Dimension, please choose a higher build below.

Last update on 2021-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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MID-RANGE INTEL BUILD FOR ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

This build is geared towards DESIGN/PUBLISHING/MULTIMEDIA Creative Cloud Apps. It will run most of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps easily. These include apps such as Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and all of the cloud-based apps. It will also run demanding apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects. Please refer to the app hardware specifications for more information.

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Build a PC for Adobe Creative Suite

HIGH-END INTEL BUILD FOR ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

This build is geared towards DESIGN/PUBLISHING/MULTIMEDIA Creative Cloud Apps. It will run all of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps easily. Please refer to the app hardware specifications for more information.

Last update on 2021-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Last update on 2021-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Hardware Requirements for Adobe Creative Suite PC Build

Adobe Creative Suite is available as a SaaS (Software as a Service), hosted on the cloud. There are different tiers of subscription for the different applications. If you are looking to build a PC for Adobe Creative Suite, you must take into account the hardware requirements of these apps. We will look at the unique hardware requirements for each application below.

Table of Adobe Creative Cloud Applications and unique hardware requirements

Here is a selection of Creative Cloud apps and further details which might interest you.

Platform RAM (Minimum) CPU Capabilities Industry
Acrobat Pro Desktop/Mobile 2GB Intel/AMD, 1.5GHz + The complete PDF solution for today’s multi-device world. Diverse
Acrobat Pro 2020 Desktop/Mobile 2GB Intel/AMD, 1.5GHz + Create, edit, sign, and protect all of your PDFs with the industry-leading PDF desktop solution. For Windows and Mac Diverse
Acrobat Pro DC Desktop/Mobile/Web 2GB Intel/AMD, 1.5GHz + The complete PDF solution to get your work done faster on desktop, web, or mobile. For Mac and Windows Diverse
Acrobat Reader DC Desktop 2GB Intel/AMD, 1.5GHz + View, fill, sign, and comment on PDFs for free Diverse
Adobe Connect Desktop/Mobile 512MB Intel/AMD, 1.5GHz + Go beyond web conferencing Diverse
Adobe Fresco Desktop/Tablet/Mobile 8GB Any modern CPU Rediscover the joy of drawing and painting anywhere Design/Publishing
Adobe Presenter Video Express Desktop 4GB Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor Personal video studio right on your desktop Media/Entertainment
Adobe Scan Mobile (Android & iOS) 2GB 1.5GHz + mobile processor Go from paper to digital fast. Scan notes, documents, receipts, and more to PDF Diverse
Adobe Sign Web/Mobile 2GB 1.5GHz + mobile processor Send documents for signature, track e-signing progress, and get real-time updates all on your mobile device Diverse
Aero Mobile 3GB A11 ARM chip or higher Design and share immersive augmented reality experiences, no coding required Media/Entertainment

After Effects 2020 Desktop 8GB Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor with 64-bit support Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics Media/Entertainment

Animate Desktop 2GB Intel Pentium 4 or Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) processor (2GHz+) A new age for animation. Any platform, device and style Media/Entertainment
Audition Desktop 4GB 64-bit CPU Bring stories to life with audio Media/Entertainment
Behance Web NA NA Showcase and discover creative work Design/Publishing

Bridge Desktop 2GB Intel®, AMD, or ARM processor with 64-bit support Centralize and manage your creative assets Diverse
Captivate Prime Desktop 2GB Intel®, AMD, or ARM processor with 64-bit support Deliver personalized learning experiences across multiple devices Learning/Education

Capture Mobile 2GB Intel®, AMD, or ARM processor with 64-bit support Turn any image on your phone into a color theme, graphic, brush, pattern, or texture Diverse
Character Animator Desktop 8GB Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support. Animate your 2D characters in real time Media/Entertainment
ColdFusion Enterprise (2021) Desktop 2GB 64-bit CPU Rapidly develop robust, scalable, secure enterprise applications Web Services/Programming
Comp Mobile 2GB A11 ARM chip or higher Create design comps using your real assets and fonts Design/Publishing

Design to Print Desktop 2GB Intel®, AMD processor with 64-bit support Make art, make money with Adobe Design to Print Design/Publishing

Dimension Desktop 2GB Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support Create photorealistic images for branding, product shots, and package design Design/Publishing/Multimedia

Dreamweaver Desktop 2gb Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor Design and develop modern, responsive web sites Web Services/Design

Fill & Sign Mobile (Android, iOS) 512MB A11 ARM chip or higher Fill and sign any form. Even snap a picture of a paper form to fill out Diverse
FrameMaker Desktop 4GB Core i5 or faster processor Automated publishing. Exceptionally fast Design/Publishing

Illustrator Desktop 1GB Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor Create beautiful vector art and illustrations on desktop and iPad Design/Publishing

Illustrator Draw Mobile (Android, iOS) 2GB A11 ARM chip or higher Create vector art and designs on your mobile device. Diverse
InCopy Desktop 4GB Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor Collaborate with copywriters and editors. Design/Publishing

InDesign Desktop 4GB Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (dual core and faster) Design and publish elegant layouts for print and digital. Design/Publishing

Lightroom (1TB) Desktop, Mobile, Web 8GB Intel®, AMD, or ARM processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor Edit, organize, store, and share photos from anywhere. Design/Publishing/Photography

Lightroom Classic Desktop 8GB Intel®, AMD, or ARM processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor Photo editing optimized for desktop. Design/Publishing/Photography

Media Encoder Desktop 8GB Multicore processor with 64-bit support required. Quickly output video files for virtually any screen. Multimedia/Media & Entertainment
Mixamo Web 4GB Intel Dual Core processor or later Rapidly create, rig and animate unique characters for design projects. Media & Entertainment

Photoshop Desktop 2GB Intel or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2GHz or faster Edit, composite, and create beautiful images, graphics, and art on desktop and iPad Design/Publising/Photography/Web Services
Photoshop Camera Mobile (Android, iOS) 1GB A11 ARM chip or higher Easily capture and share brilliant photos Diverse
Photoshop Elements 2021 Desktop 8GB Intel 6th Generation or newer processor or AMD equivalent with SSE4 support Organize, edit, create, and share your photos Photography/Design/Multimedia

Photoshop Express Tablet, Mobile (Android/iOS) 8GB Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later Edit and transform your photos on the go Photography/Design/Multimedia

Photoshop Fix Mobile (Android, iOS) 2GB A11 ARM chip or higher Retouch, restore, and share your photos on the go Diverse
Photoshop Mix

Mobile (Android, iOS) 2GB A11 ARM chip or higher Combine and enhance images on your mobile device Diverse
Portfolio Web 2GB Any compatible 64-bit CPU Create your own personalized website Web Services
Prelude Desktop 4GB Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required Metadata ingest, logging, and rough cuts Media & Entertainment/Multimedia
Premiere Elements 2021 Desktop 16GB of RAM for HD media. 32GB or more of RAM for 4K media Intel 7th Generation or newer processor or AMD equivalent with SSE4 and AVX support Organize, edit, create, and share your videos Media & Entertainment/Multimedia
Premiere Pro Desktop 16GB of RAM for HD media. 32GB or more of RAM for 4K media Intel 7th Generation or newer processor or AMD equivalent with SSE4 and AVX support Industry-standard pro video and film editing Media & Entertainment/Multimedia
Premiere Rush Desktop, Mobile (Android/iOS) 8GB Multicore processor with 64-bit support (Recommended: Intel Core i5 or i7, or equivalent) Create and share online videos anywhere Media & Entertainment/Multimedia
RoboHelp Desktop 4GB 64-bit 4 vCpu Core i5 or faster processor Next-generation software for authoring and publishing Help, policy, and knowledgebase content. For Windows and Mac Diverse
Spark Mobile 2GB Any recent mobile CPU Create graphics, web pages, and video stories in no time. Diverse
Substance by Adobe Desktop 8GB Any 64-bit processor The industry standard for 3D painting and texturing Media & Entertainment/Multimedia
Technical Communication Suite Desktop 4GB 64-bit processor, i3 or higher Five market-leading tools for your technical, eLearning and business content. One value-for-money suite Diverse
XD Desktop, Mobile 4GB 64-bit processor, i3 or higher Design, prototype, and share user experiences for web, mobile, voice, and more Diverse
XML Documentation for Adobe Experience Manager Desktop 4GB 64-bit processor, i3 or higher An enterprise-class CCMS to manage documentation from creation to delivery Diverse

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Putting it together

Building a PC for Creative Suite basically involves putting the components together and firing it up. We’ve put together a guide on how to do that, step by step. Do well to check it out.

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Concluding thoughts

We think it’s more advantageous to go for a high-end PC for Adobe Creative Suite. This is because the apps become more resource-intensive as newer updates emerge. So essentially you should build a future-proof PC that will be able to run the apps for like 5 years from now.

Let us hear from you how you did it. Was it fun building your PC? You can use the comments section below.

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