Budgeted Computers for Graphic Design

In this guide, we have selected the best computers for graphic design that you can buy right now. Taking into account different skill levels and different budgets, it is desktop computers that we believe are the best choices for graphic designers at the moment. It doesn’t matter if you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned expert, we think there will be a solid graphic design computer for you here.

Finding the best graphic design computer for you depends on how much computing power you actually need, and it depends on the type of graphic design you plan to do. Working with a relatively simple program like Adobe Illustrator has different processing requirements than complex 3D rendering software, so if you are more of the former than the latter, there is no point in spending huge amounts of computing power that you will not actually use.

It’s easy to get lost in the specifications of the computer – as a basis we would say that you need at least 12 GB of RAM. In addition, it’s more or less up to you to decide, with options such as all-in-one computers that include their own screen and simpler desktops that need to be connected to one of the best monitors. As mentioned, we’ve stuck to desktops for this guide, but if you think a laptop might be a better fit for you, try our guide to the best laptops for graphic design.

The choices on this list come from the experience and opinions of our team of expert product reviewers, whose findings inform our comments in this guide – see our How we Test Computers page for more information. There’s also a quick FAQ at the bottom of the page, where you can scroll down if you’re not very good at computer specs. If not, read on for our picks of the best graphic design computers – and don’t forget to download the best graphic design software.

There’s a reason graphic designers and iMacs go hand in hand. These all-in-one computers do everything a professional designer needs, and although this iMac is a few years old now, the combination of a large screen and a discrete graphics card makes it one of the best purchases a graphic designer can make.

This is not the last iMac – this honor belongs to the 2021 version which (spoiler) is in second place. However, as we mentioned in our updated review, we believe that the 2020 version is still the best choice for graphic designers. The discrete AMD Radeon Pro 5000 graphics card offers exemplary graphics performance that makes the most of the Retina 5K display

Although this iMac does not have the super powerful M1 chip, it still has a 10th generation Intel Core processor, which is quite powerful and can handle even very intensive tasks without stuttering. The stylish design and powerful features of the iMac 2020 make it an undisputed winner.

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