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I'm going to be shopping for a new art rig soon and I was wondering if you folks would mind giving me some tips on what to look for. Assume two things:
1. I know nothing about current hardware specs.
2. I want to stay on the PC side of the fence - unless someone can make a really strong argument for MACs.
I don't want to go so far as to say that "money is no object" (obviously it always is to some degree) but I'm going to try to do this in earnest, so I understand that you get what you pay for and I plan to get something that works.
So I'm here posting this to you - the people I concider the experts in all things art. What kind of system would you buy?
go custom, its the only way to go.
Visit tiger direct and check out their "barebones" kits, you can add whatever you want on them and the limits are your budget.
Pretty soon I will be building my own PC with 8 gigs of RAM, dual processors, dual graphics cards, water cooled, - a monster- still saving up for it tho, not nearly there yet.
you can always go with a basic PC that can handle what youre doing.
I use two different ones at the moment, At home; a customized Sony Vaio, 2 gigs Ram, Pentium4, high end graphics, 256 HD, with extra-external hard drive, some other stuff. Has not crashed on me but a couple of times.
At work I use a gaming spec, XPS 400 series Dell, go to their website and check out the specs- has not let me down yet.
Dont go with Vista, it is nothing but trouble right now. Wait for the fixes for all the bugs its got. The horror stories, you dont want to be part of it.
"Be who you are and say what you feel,because those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind."-Dr. Seuss
it's usually best to stay to stay away from top end of things, simply because it's just too expensive and rarely worth the money..
what are you planning on doing mainly with your computer?
- quad processors!!
- 8gb of ram is a little overkill... 4gb should be good.. maybe 8 if u have spare, can always upgrade this easily down the track..
- dual graphics (SLI/crossfire) are rarely worth the money, a single powerful will be much efficient..
- water cooled is waste of money if you are not overclocking, even so if u were u would rarely touch that.. CPUs don't run hot these days as they used to.. and even after market air coolers aren't needed for mild overclocking.. let alone running things at stock..
- HDD! raptor 150gb... can't have a good system without a fast HDD...
- good solid PSU.. it's logical.. you gotta have a solid PSU since it responsible for powering your machine.. they are usually the first to go..
- save some and invest on a better screen...
almost seems like we could use a Hardware section on the site...
so I take it you all are running XP 64 to take advantage of all this RAM?
What monitor do you use bumskee? Quad core doesn't seem worth it at the moment unless you're using 3D apps. I don't think PS takes advantage yet?
I'm going to upgrade... one of these days... I'll just wait a little while longer...
(5 year old PC, 10 year old CRT. woot.)
A good desktop CPU is best, dual or quad core preferred. 4 gigs of RAM is plenty even with huge files, just make it 667Mhz DDR2 or above (whatever your motherboard can support); eSATA and Firewire ports are a must if you want additional outside storage later on. Graphics cards needn't be anything too fancy, mid-range is OK, if you go into heavy 3D work or gaming you can always upgrade.
Barebones PCs are generally well put together and look stylish to boot.
Screens - go to the biggest computer stores around you and look at them, it's the best way to see what you like even if you don't buy from there.
Software and some specialised hardware - graphics software+WACOM tablet=one man army
Hardware section really is needed, sometimes it feels like most of the questions have been answered a billion times already (WACOM, mac or pc, RAM, etc.).
Are you using this for 2D image or 3D image processing?
2D don't need crap all really.
3Ghz CPU, 2 gig RAM and a basic graphics card will do you fine, and it will be cheap as chips.
Don't even worry about quadcore, Adobe and Corel don't look they'll be rescripting their software anytime soon, heck, their stuff isn't even 64bit ready, let along quadcore, lol.
3D is a different story, though. Sky's limit pretty much.
JL.Alfaro: Haha, that rig isn't just for art, is it.
ram is eaily upgradeable and you can just plug and use down the track.. (other hardware might require more stuff to do..)
using dell 24" at home and dual crt + lcd at work..
wouldn't mind a 27" or 30"..
quad cores aren't expensive.. last time I checked.. cpu prices certainly have dropped significantly... AMDs are way to go for budget but mid range or high end, intel for sure... but if u are sticking 4gb of ram.. might as well have high end ish cpu...
upgrading becomes expensive when ur parts can't just be replaced.. ie, new socket meaning new mobo and new gfx, from AGP to PCIe, ram.. if it's 5 years old, it would be using ddr1s..
high end cards are for hard 3d work and gaming.. if u are not into that... crappiest card on the market is more than plenty for 2d work.. hell I am running an intergrated one at home.. works fine.. only prob is it doesn't have dvi.. and can't stick another monitor.
screens, as said before.. 8 bit panel if u are going lcd.. dell is best price/performance.. and often use same panel as apple ones such as 20" 27" and 30" I believe.. 24" is different tho it's at the same quality.. there are no 22" 8 bit panels..
don't forget faster hdd... it will cut loading times, faster accessing ur HDD and so on..
can get for 486usd a 32<err wait maby its 26 in?> inch 1900 by 1600 lcd monitor , on sale now at circutcity
if doing 2d just about anything u can buy wil be fine jsut get 2 gigs ram at minium and u wont have any problums <question u might want to ask yoru self is , what else do u plan on doing with it ? gameing ? vidd editing ? 3d ? those would be the decideing factor for what to buy idsay >