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New PC for freelance graphic designer

By Daniel Capri
Feb 5, 2013
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  1. Hello there! greetings from Mexico..

    I've been working as a graphic designer/photographer freelancer for 2 years now, and I survived with a 2008 iMac (with 2.8ghz and 4GB of RAM). Now I invested some money in my equipment and bought a new camera, intended to do more videos. But obviously I need something more powerful than my iMac, so after an advanced search I came with this offer:

    - i7 3770 processor, - HD: SATA 3 1TB, -NVIDIA GTX 660, - Cooler Master 334 NVIDIA Edition, - Cooler Master extreme power II 725w, -DVD-RW 24x, -Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H, -32gb RAM. -Monitor: ASUS 24" LED.

    My plan is to run Davinci Resolve on it, and some editing software (recommendations?)

    Could it work?? All that package will cost me $1'700dls..what do you say?
     
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    Get the 3770K CPU. Also maybe spend a bit more on a professional monitor, perhaps from Dell?
     
  3. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 846   +11

    This is the build I just finished for doing setup and design work for signs and posters and such:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB
    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB
    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1
    Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
    Win7 64bit Pro.
    Grand Total for everything was about $900

    I already had a (older) but nice Envision Professional Series monitor.

    I didn't bother with any larger storage drives because all our files are kept on our file server. If I'm working on a large file I will copy to the SSD and work on it, then copy it back. Saves and loads a lot faster that way.
    So if you don't have another place to store files I would recommend a 1TB (or larger) WD Black hdd.

    I have just been using the graphics card off the i7 and its been doing great @ 1600x1200. But as far as I know my software doesn't offload any work to the graphics card.

    I do most of my design work in Illustrator and Photoshop CS2. I have been working on touching up some full color maps that are about 24x36 @ 600dpi for a local artist and once I moved the file to the SSD everything has been lightning fast. Even when it does take a while to save the HUGE Photoshop files with several filters and layers I can alt+tab over to my email or Illustrator and work on other orders.
     
  4. baN893

    baN893 TS Member Posts: 83   +10

  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    If you over-spec the PSU slightly, you'll have better efficiency.
     
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Extreme Power PSUs from Cooler Master are not that great in terms of efficiency and actual output. The Antec Neo Eco 620 would be ideal for the system you've mentioned.
     


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