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advice needed on new computers

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by howldog, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. howldog

    howldog Guest

    Hi all

    We're looking to get a new PC computer for doing big graphics, like
    photoshop. We already have a Mac, now we need a new PC. We'd like a
    top of the line unit, 132 mb video card, pentium 4 or equivalent, at
    least 512 mg of RAM, big hard-drive or preferably two big drives, nice
    soundcard.

    What's your advice on some models I should take a look at? Some have
    said Dell and some have said Sony.

    Any suggestions?

    thanks
     
    howldog, Nov 15, 2004
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    Cl.Massé Guest

    What is wrong with a custom computer?
     
    Cl.Massé, Nov 16, 2004
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  3. howldog

    howldog Guest


    nothing, i may end up doing that.
     
    howldog, Nov 16, 2004
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    Chadwick Guest

    Difficult to call. There are new machines on the market every week,
    each one better than the next. Your best bet is to continue what
    you've done above and make a list of the spec you want, then buy a
    magazine, and see what's on offer. When you find soemthing you like,
    it's probably worth checking their website to see if there's anything
    better come out since the ad was placed.

    If you want the reassurance of a brand name then you will pay for it.
    There are horror stories about most of them, but for every 1 horror
    story, there are 10 happy endings, so I shouldn't worry.

    BTW, I'm not sure if graphics cards come in 132mb - 128 may be what
    you mean. Most "top-end" cards are only "top-end" in their ability to
    handle 3d graphics. If you are not doing much 3d work, you can save
    some money here.

    For graphics work I'd recommend at least 1gb of RAM and a hard drive
    of at least 140GB. Processor sounds OK; consider AMD Athon64 as well -
    that may give you an element of future-proofing if any 64bit software
    comes out soon.

    The "problem" with buying pre-built PCs is that they are built for the
    mass market and therefore the lowest common denominator. There is very
    rarely any specialist kit suitable for specific use. But some
    manufacturers (eg Dell) wil build to order, so you can specify the
    components you want. Having said that, this is probably only an issue
    if you are a serious amateur or pro.
     
    Chadwick, Nov 17, 2004
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