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Ideal Computer hardware specs for Graphic Design

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bcomplex, Apr 1, 2008.

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  1. bcomplex

    bcomplex Thread Starter

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    I'm starting a streetwear clothing company and need to invest in a computer for designers that I hire - most of the stuff that will need to be designed are stuff that can be done in Adobe CS3/Illustrator - in particular T-shirt designs

    I have absolutely no idea what is considered to be "adequate" for graphic design - I am willing to spend a little bit more to get my designer a better than average computer for design use - just not something state of the art and over the top

    In terms of graphics card, RAM and processing power, what should I be aiming for? Anything else important I'm overlooking?

    If there are any graphic designers out there, I'd be interested to hear what you guys consider as vital hardware specs for yourselves when you do design work - Again, I'm not going to skimp on things, but at the same time, I can't afford the best

    Also, if it's not too much, I'd also like to ask what type of scanners and color printers I should be looking to buy for graphic design use - in particular, what brands have a good rep?

    Thanks in advance to the kind sould that advises me!! :) Multiple opinions definitely welcome!!
     
  2. Jones

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    For what you're planning on doing, the three areas you're going to want to focus on are:

    Processor
    RAM
    Hard Drive

    for 2-D graphic design, a video card is the least-crucial component. If you get into 3D rendering and maybe gaming, then you need a high-end video card.

    For working with large graphic files and images, you need lots of storage space for your files (big fast hard drive), a lot of RAM to have multiple files open simulaneously (at LEAST 2gb), and a fast dual- or quad-core processor to speed up your file conversions and photoshop work.

    I'd suggest stuff like this:
    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034

    Hard Drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136205

    These are just examples, of course, and depending on things like what motherboard you have, will vary depending on your exact system.

    As for printers/scanners, I've always had good experiences with Canon products, and Epson work well too.
     
  3. bcomplex

    bcomplex Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your comprehensive answer Jones - I'm off to read up on hardward you recommended :)

    If anyone else has anything different to add, I'd be glad to take your advice on board as well

    thanks!!
     
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