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cerridwen



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:48 pm    Post subject: Which computer Reply with quote

Would you recommend? Needed for graphic design.
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Oy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well - "Which computer" is a very wide question.

Do you have a budget to work to?

Do you mean which spec or which make?

I use Dell at home - wouldn't have anything else.

At work I use both a high spec PC (A Mesh) and a Mac - both for graphic design. They are different in operation - but if pushed I'd say the PC is better, and you certainly get more for your money.

The software is probably more important than the platform.

I use, both at home and at work, for pro level graphic design, the following...

QuarkExpress for layout
Adobe Photoshop CS2 for photo editing
Adobe Illustrator & CorelDraw for vector graphics
Macromedia Fireworks MX2004 for web graphics
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Cadfael



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very hard to quantify for sure... it is more a case of the spec you are gonna need.

A fast CPU for sure.. over 1.5gig
A nVida GPU graphics card... 3D of course.
A huge hard drive, graphics files can be huge.
Lots of memory
A good DVD writer for backup of the media files.

Oy is correct with his software, but it is VERY expensive. A good mid-priced one is Corel's Paint Shop Pro 10, it is no Photo Shop beater, but it is pretty close.
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Oy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cadfael wrote:


Oy is correct with his software, but it is VERY expensive. A good mid-priced one is Corel's Paint Shop Pro 10, it is no Photo Shop beater, but it is pretty close.


I'd recommend Photoshop Elements over Paint Shop Pro - mainly becasue of the vast amount of free help, tutorials & plugins out there.

You can get Elements 4, which is excellent, for less than 50
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks folks... we have Corel 10 and photoshop cs. Alf's comp is now 5years old, and keeps crashing. He's the one who uses it for furniture design, so yeh a big memory needed. Seems you all like Dell so we might have a buchers at them.
Ta..Cerri
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oy wrote:
Cadfael wrote:


Oy is correct with his software, but it is VERY expensive. A good mid-priced one is Corel's Paint Shop Pro 10, it is no Photo Shop beater, but it is pretty close.


I'd recommend Photoshop Elements over Paint Shop Pro - mainly becasue of the vast amount of free help, tutorials & plugins out there.

You can get Elements 4, which is excellent, for less than 50


Yep... I had forgotten about that, I used to use PS Elements a lot when I was int he Avatar game.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original question by cerridwen was which p.c.................not which software.

In answer to the question, the top 3 are

DELL
EVESHAM
MESH

These ratings are based on everything from
Value for money
Build quality
Performance
Customer service
guarantees
After sales service
Reliability
RE Recommendations
etc. etc.

and by the way...all the software mentioned above are available for 5 each or 3 for 10, for FULL working progs.
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judyteen



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we've just ordered a dell desktop for jack's christmas present. he has his own laptop which we bought him 2 years ago but cos he plays online games, world of warcraft and runescape, he NEEDS another with different spec Rolling Eyes
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