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dpDesignz
11-10-2010, 06:58 PM
Not sure if I should be posting this here but anyway.

I am a Windows person, not a mac person, and I'm wanting to buy a new laptop or tower. I am a web and graphics designer, so I need one with some good grunt, preferably Windows 7. I will be running programs like photoshop, After effects, etc etc, so will probably need to be a 64-bit. can any of you give me any ideas as to a good computer to get?

nedkelly
11-10-2010, 07:01 PM
well you said no macs, but macs are very good for graphics stuff

dpDesignz
11-10-2010, 07:16 PM
Yea. I love mac's and their programs, I've just grown up with windows and know it inside out, so want one of them. I am getting a mac eventually, but they're easy to find what I want, PC's not so much

nedkelly
11-10-2010, 07:18 PM
Well I found macs very easy to learn.

pcuser42
11-10-2010, 07:39 PM
Build your own if you know how. It generally works out cheaper and is much easier to upgrade later on.

gary67
11-10-2010, 07:52 PM
Something with an i7 maybe, a gigabyte or asus motherboard, 4-8Gb RAM +64bit windows 7 would be a good starting point I'm guessing although an i5 might also be ok and then a decent GPU.

Funny how when you say no macs people try to convince you otherwise even when you try and placate them by pointing out you are going to get one eventually

dpDesignz
11-10-2010, 08:05 PM
ok. Thanks for the recommendations guys. great help. next question, if building my own, where do you recommend buying parts from. I'm in the waikato district

Speedy Gonzales
11-10-2010, 08:11 PM
Where in the Waikato?? Its a big place

jareemon
11-10-2010, 08:13 PM
pbtech..?

pcuser42
11-10-2010, 08:14 PM
ok. Thanks for the recommendations guys. great help. next question, if building my own, where do you recommend buying parts from. I'm in the waikato district

I use Ascent (free overnight shipping :D), although Computer Lounge also seems to get good comments as well.

dpDesignz
11-10-2010, 08:21 PM
Htown. Thanks

BBCmicro
11-10-2010, 08:47 PM
With similar requirements (graphics) I built a machine in March using parts from Computer Lounge. The first one I've ever built, at age 63. It worked without problems and I am very pleased with it:

CPU: i5-750
MB: GA-P55A-UD4 (has USB-3)
Graphics: 5450 (has HDMI, DVI, no fan)
RAM: 8 GB, 1333MHz
OS: Win7pro64

If doing it again, I wouldn't bother with the 'pro'version of Win7. I would also go for a beefier graphics card, perhaps a GT 240 which is similarly quiet. I might also swap half the RAM (the cost of) for instalment on an 80 GB Intel SSD, 34 nm.

I found Photoshop 6 doesn't work perfectly on Win7-64 but is adequate for me. Adobe Premiere Pro2 also has some problems but is just about adequate. Note that the current version of Premiere (CS5) requires 64-bit OS

dpDesignz
11-10-2010, 10:28 PM
Thanks heaps. thats a big help

gary67
12-10-2010, 06:41 AM
Computer lounge & Ascent are probably the best, I do use PB tech occasionally and have used Playtech as well but that was only to buy a GPS

dpDesignz
12-10-2010, 07:42 AM
Well I just bought a new GPS, so won't be needing that. :). But thanks for the other two. Seems favourite vote is ascent.

SolMiester
12-10-2010, 09:49 AM
If using CS5, I would get a Nvidia graphic card to off load the graphical processing to the CUDA programming on the card, The GF106 & GF108 variates of Fermi are due to be release anon, but if not available just get a 460 GTX 768Mb card...

I would recommend an SSD for O/S and programs with perhaps a RAID 1 array for data.

dpDesignz
12-10-2010, 02:22 PM
If using CS5, I would get a Nvidia graphic card to off load the graphical processing to the CUDA programming on the card, The GF106 & GF108 variates of Fermi are due to be release anon, but if not available just get a 460 GTX 768Mb card...

I would recommend an SSD for O/S and programs with perhaps a RAID 1 array for data.

Thanks for that. Should help quite a bit.

wratterus
12-10-2010, 02:38 PM
+1 for computerlounge's pre-built systems (if you don't want to build it yourself).

They are very well priced and CL can customize them however you like.

jd2759
12-10-2010, 03:55 PM
For buying places to usually trust ar iFocus, Playtech, Computer Lounge and Ascent

dpDesignz
12-10-2010, 10:33 PM
Thanks for all of these guys