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Old 09-23-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Yeah, not so much the gaming but graphic arts and music. I cut, edit (etc.) music, do numerous graphics projects as stand alone and/or combined.
That being the case regardless of brand you choose, look to make sure you can add and additional scratch drive. If not a high speed internal then at least an external eSATA. I use Corel Painter, CorelDraw, and Photoshop. These as well as others rely on scratch drives for performance. Single drives are a real bottleneck. Having a high performance processor with 4GB of ram watching an hourglass waiting on disk read/writes would be a real pain...
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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That being the case regardless of brand you choose, look to make sure you can add and additional scratch drive. If not a high speed internal then at least an external eSATA. I use Corel Painter, CorelDraw, and Photoshop. These as well as others rely on scratch drives for performance. Single drives are a real bottleneck. Having a high performance processor with 4GB of ram watching an hourglass waiting on disk read/writes would be a real pain...
Would a partitioned hard drive help speed things up?
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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Would a partitioned hard drive help speed things up?

None at all. You are still making one hard drive head do all the work. Logical drives do not help with scratch. Only physical drives using multiple writing heads to the trick. If you have very large files even 2 drives set up as a RAID 0 array will help even more. I would search the homepage of my software vendor to see what is suggested. You may can Google your software name followed by the keyword "performance" and get helpful info. Just and idea.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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None at all. You are still making one hard drive head do all the work. Logical drives do not help with scratch. Only physical drives using multiple writing heads to the trick. If you have very large files even 2 drives set up as a RAID 0 array will help even more. I would search the homepage of my software vendor to see what is suggested. You may can Google your software name followed by the keyword "performance" and get helpful info. Just and idea.
Thank you spmuch, I really appreciate this. rep2ya
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I have not been to the Dell site in a while. At one time they built a graphics workstation and would let you do some degree of customizing. They were pricey. You make want to look into have a local reputable builder assemble one for you to the specs you need. Unless you are dealing with extremely large files then a basic model like you first described with one fast scratch drive will suffice. Enjoy your new toy. Let us know how you come out when you are up and running.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I have not been to the Dell site in a while. At one time they built a graphics workstation and would let you do some degree of customizing. They were pricey. You make want to look into have a local reputable builder assemble one for you to the specs you need. Unless you are dealing with extremely large files then a basic model like you first described with one fast scratch drive will suffice. Enjoy your new toy. Let us know how you come out when you are up and running.
Are systemax PC's any good
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Are systemax PC's any good
Sorry, no knowledge of the brand.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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Yeah, not so much the gaming but graphic arts and music. I cut, edit (etc.) music, do numerous graphics projects as stand alone and/or combined.
Silly question makossa, but why not a Macintosh instead of a PC?

I'm in a shop that employs graphic artists who use PCs (company requirement) and to a person they'd all rather be using Macs.
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Old 09-24-2008, 11:08 AM
 
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As has been already suggested - build one or have one built for you.

Yes, it may cost more but very worth it IMO.

With buying a Dell, HP, etc.... Nothing like getting frustrated when if you wanna upgrade but cannot or have to replace a part that's proprietary and have to be at the mercy of the computer manufacturer for the part that will cost more and have to await shipment of it to boot.
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Old 09-24-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I’m looking to purchase a new PC with quad processors and a minimum of 4gb memory.
Which manufacturer in terms of quality and reliability would you recommend?
HP
Compaq
Dell
Gateway
E Machines
Acer…………………..etc.
I really would appreciate all the advise I can get and any information on why, why not, etc.
Thank You
I've had problems working on HP, Compaq, Gateway and eMachines. I like Dell computers best. eMachines are cheaply built. Gateway and Coompaq often make things proprietary that don't need to be. Never worked on an Acer machine. Don't particularly like Lenovo. Way too many proprietary drivers.

Whatever you buy, make sure it will use all the memory and processor you get in it. You might even want to double check your software to make sure it will make full use of the processor and RAM.
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