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What should I look for in a computer?

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Connor McleodConnor Mcleod


Hi, I'm going to be getting a new computer fairly soon and I'm wanting to know what kind of things are important to look for when I'll be doing a heavy amount of Graphic design work, such as 3D rendering and Video editing.

I've heard Macs are good for it, but the 3D software I use is only for PC. So what should I look for, like graphic cards? RAM etc

Thanks

AO
AO

You're going to need a high performance machine. There are a few questions you will need to ask yourself.

What kind of budget am I on? Do I want just the tower (and all components inside) or do I want to also get a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.

Building a computer is always a good idea though, it's not only fun but educational. There are some sites that pick out parts for you that are compatible and highly recommended for their cheap price and good quality.

For a complete performance PC tower you will need the following parts: CPU, Video Card, RAM, Hard Drive, Motherboard, Case, PSU, DVD Drive. Accessories can include a sound card, sound system, extra hard drive.

For $1800, you can get a very high end computer! In my source, there is a site that shows what a computer expert recommends for a performance computer.

I recommend a core i7 Sandy Bridge, 64 GB SSD, 8-16 GB of RAM, 3TB secondary drive, high end video card - Quadro FX 1800. The video card is expensive, but it is actually considered a "budget" card for workstations.

C-Man
C-Man

You'll want an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor (preferably the new Sandy Bridge 2500K or 2600K)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-s

You'll want at least 6-8gb of RAM

And the graphics card will be a special case... the consumer gaming cards (Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon) aren't optimized for 3D design and rendering. You'll want a workstation card (Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro) instead. At minimum, a Quadro 600 or FirePro V4800:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as

Bob Pinkston
Bob Pinkston

Look for high amount of ram, a high processor, lots of internal memory,

Joe Lebo
Joe Lebo

6-8 gig ram, i7 cpu,10.000rpm hard drive. good fan,and a graphics card that that cost at least 100-150

The Blunt Ugly Truth
The Blunt Ugly Truth

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Mac
Mac

You almost got it all correct.

Firstly, look at the CPU chip type, ie. i5,i7. The more core the more it can process faster.

Then it comes to RAM if you are going to be on 32 Bit system so there is no need to get more than 4GB of ram because windows 32 bit system will have the maximum RAM that it can use for around 4GB.

Event though some people might say windows32bit can use more than 4GB with a tweak. It is still not a good option because I have tried it before.

But if you are going to be on 64Bit then go ahead take around 8GB of RAM will be good.

Then come to the Graphic Card,VGA. Depends on the feature of each chip i cannot tell you here you have to see for yourself. Depends on how many cards can you afford for the PC too for example Nvidia can join two VGA together to get the most out of it.

Then the harddisk storage space, try more than 1TB.

Good luck and Congrat with your new computer.


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