I'm looking to get a new PC or Laptop for Christmas. One of my main concerns, as it plagues me with my current PC, is memory usage while multi-tasking.
I often have several 2d editing tools like Photoshop, XNA/VisualStudio/C#Express, a PDF, Firefox, and a media player open while working.
Further, my next project is going into 3d, so I need to know what types of things allow for a smooth experience.
I HATE it when I'm going along and all of a sudden photoshop takes a million hours to load up all the images I had open and all the animations I was working on. Same goes for maya and mudbox once I get them going again.
What specs/hardware improve this sort of performance? RAM? GPU? CPU? I dunno, I'm a total hardware illiterate. Help me out!