need some hardware suggestions

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Matt, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Matt

    Matt Guest

    We are hiring someone to handle our photoshop work (working with stills and
    some graphics) and I need to build them a computer. I have to stick with PC
    for various other reasons and I was wondering if anyone had any hardware
    advice... other than get the fastest processor and maximize the ram. I'm
    looking for more motherboard/harddrive/video card type recomendations...
    We'll be using the CS3 suite.

    Thanks.
     
    Matt, Oct 8, 2007
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    gowanoh Guest

    Dual or quad core CPU.
    Use 32 bit OS, preferably XP as Vista has many problems, including color
    calibration stability.
    With a 32 bit OS, XP or Vista, only 2gbs of RAM are actually usable.
    Two discrete hard drives for virtual memory, swap file.
    RAID if you must with hard drives to match.
    The video card depends on the monitor: a large LCD with a high resolution
    will require a card with dual DVI output. Dual video cards are not useful
    unless you plan on multi-monitor support and even then there are many
    problems involved.
     
    gowanoh, Oct 8, 2007
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    Matt Guest

    Thanks for the help.... a couple of quick questions though... so are you
    saying I need a system drive, then a drive for virtual memory and another
    drive for swap file? Or can these be partitions of a system drive? And do
    you see any advantage to using the WD Raptor 10000rpm drives over the newer
    7200 ones? And I'm assuming that you prefer single drive configs over RAIDs?
     
    Matt, Oct 9, 2007
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    Gary Guest

    Buy them an intel Mac. You can run your win software one it, yet keep the
    machine from ever -- for an reason whatsoever -- connect with the outside
    world.

    Than you'll have a healthy computer, built ground-up for the software you
    want the person to use, and they won't have to use that ancient and just sad
    operating system.

    Just a thought.
     
    Gary, Oct 9, 2007
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    Voivod Guest

    Bzzzz... incorrect.
     
    Voivod, Oct 9, 2007
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