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Good computer for Photoshop/CAD/Video?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by MakeLemonade, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. MakeLemonade

    MakeLemonade Junior Member

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    I've built several computers myself, starting in 1989. Problem is I don't know where to start to look for a good deal.

    I'm looking for a desktop:
    • Good for Photoshop/CAD/Video.
    • Slightly power efficient - I want to have it always on - it'll run a small FTP server. Ideally the power supply will be high efficiency or I'll replace it with one that is.
    • Dual monitor setup
    • Decent price, of course.

    I don't even know where to START looking with all the thousands of models out there. Do you have a site you use to research what to buy?

    Thanks!
     
  2. kirkonpolttaja

    kirkonpolttaja Senior Member

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    You need alot of ram and great video card for torque, if you have money, buy best gaming computer you can find on the web and buy latest quadro graphics card, then your gold :) quadro cause it has f*cking amazing transfer speeds so it can do realtime rendering like that *snaps fingers*
     
  3. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    If you can afford it,get 12GB of DDR3 ram,a 6990 and the latest amd quadcore cpu at least 3.4GHZ.
     
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  4. jdh351

    jdh351 Registered Member

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    I use my macbook pro for photoshop and video editing. It was expensive but this first macbook pro has converted me to the apple cult. I still want a great windows machine for seo tools but man...this mac is like a luxury sports car to me.
     
  5. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    But for people like the OP that build their own computers, Apple just seems like a pointless buy.

    Newegg.com has great deals on parts for pc.
     
  6. jdh351

    jdh351 Registered Member

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    He would probably be more fulfilled in building his own computer. I found MAC to be pretty good for design so that is my recommendation. Yet, I realize a custom built and configured computer could probably get the job done just as well if not better.
     
  7. tnhomestead

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    MAC is the choice if you buy. If not, quad core and lots of ram is the way to go -- I am currently using a dell power edge server and a dell quad core laptop -- need 8 gb for the laptop! And it doesnt need to be the best video card, but I would try for the best I can afford.
     
  8. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    You can even build a MAC,but it will only work with intel cpu's. The benefit of building it yourself is that you could put more powerful parts in it for the same cost of buying a Apple built MAC. I was reading somewhere that a homemade MAC would cost 1/2 the price of what Apple charges and is of the same quality.
     
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    rakoom2002 Supreme Member

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    I F'ing hate Apple, but I have to agree if you're doing Audio/Video/Graphics go with a Mac. :D
     
  10. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Apple computers sucks but MAC is great ;)

    http://www.mattbrandenburg.com/2010/08/12/build-your-own-i7-hackintosh-system-for-862-that-will-run-with-apples-new-2499-mac-pro/
     
  11. pr0xy

    pr0xy Regular Member

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    Ebay.com if you can wait. Newegg.com if you can't. i5 , 450watt psu, 560 ti graphic card, 6gb ram (DDR3).
    WTF u guys r such fan boys... APPLE IS GOOD FOR EDITING DURRRR. CAD and Photoshop don't run BETTER on
    mac osx. You can just make a hackint0sh if you really want mac osx on a PC without that price. I ran mac osx once
    on a dell it was OK. Photoshop, autocad, and all those programs will run THE SAME on xp or win 7... Nothing about mac OSX
    makes it perform better than XP, win 7. If you know what you're doing, win 7 can be the fastest, and safest... Ubuntu
    is a good alternative, but not for ur uses... Also, that's all mac osx is, a strict linux version (more or less) I know that's a broad
    comparison, but w/e...
     
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  12. MakeLemonade

    MakeLemonade Junior Member

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    Thanks for everyone's comments.

    Thanks for reminding me, that helps narrow it down. I'll see about building a Hackintosh that's decent for games.

    Basically what I'm doing is video and photoshop editing. When I'm not using it, I want to run DynDNS to allow me to set up a network storage device with an FTP server to get backups off my web server into my home network (which doesn't have a static ip, which is why the DynDNS.)

    I'm using (ReadyNAS NV+). I've got 4 2TB drives in it - 2 are hot spares if shit happens. Then I've got a uninterruptable power supply that will hook into a USB port and get the NAS to shut down on power outage.

    The NAS will also let me set up a media server for iTunes, a server for streaming video to hook to my TV/Blu Ray player, and serve as an extra drive for Mozy - they allow you to back up locally AND into their network.

    I'd like the desktop to be relatively low power when not running something intensive because it'll be always on.

    Apart from that setup I also bought two Linksys WRT54GS to use dd-wrt to turn one into a high powered bridge to bring ethernet to my TV, blue ray player and special videophone setup.

    I didn't realize what a nerd I'm becoming until I typed all that. If any of you are interested in my setup, cool, but I can't help you! I'm paying a buddy to set it up for me - I have no time because of my RL job and programming projects. I found the ReadyNAS and power supply, he's the one who figured out how dyndns could do the trick.