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December 22, 2012
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New PC Desktop equipment for Digital Art - UK artist

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Angel-of-Knight Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi!!

I've been here on DA for a while and mainly sketch and paint. I want to go into Digital Art more now with my work and want to know a recommended desktop pc to possibly get.

I do have an old pc with Photoshop and Illustrator so I know my way around a little but useless at new pc equipment and what to get. I have a small tablet and also Corel Painter ready to install also so what I need is a new desktop pc. I have looked up on the internet but getting very confused - so would like to know what fellow DA artists would recommend I could get - pc preferred and would also like it to be able to play some games lol!!

Any help would be very much appreciated! I'm from England by the way!
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tbterra Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quick question.
1. what size images are you working with (very large images need more memory and faster cpu for smooth editing)
2. are you intending to do any intense work (3D cg rendering, high end gaming, etc..)
I'll work on a build tonight and if you live in the south of the uk then i can even offer to build it for you
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tbterra Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok this is what i got so far
intel i5-3570k (easily overclock-able to 4.5Ghz)
8GB DDR3 ram
Nvidia GT630 (lacking in graphical power but fine if your not gaming)
1TB hard drive (7200rpm)
Antec one case
600w power supply (a branded one but nothing special as the system even when over clocked will only draw about 250w)
DVD dual layer drive
z68 motherboard
artic cooling freezer 7 pro rev2 (the best budget cooler for the last 3 years)

its a high power cpu lots of ram and a good amount of storage. only downsides are the lack of gaming power and that it cant play blu-rays.
parts cost:~£450
pre-built and overclocked(my price):£500
P.S. this is just a first drought based on what you have said are your needs.
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CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Minimum Specs (anything more is always better):

i5 Processor
6GB RAM
Any hard drive size at 7200RPM
Graphics card: GTX 500 or higher, OR Radeon 6800 series or higher

For manufacturers check out: HP (for their performance line [not the phoenix]), Velocity Micro, Origin PC, and NCIX.
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Angel-of-Knight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for that! ;)
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PR-Imagery Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Budgetr?
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Angel-of-Knight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
About £500 - that can be without the monitor etc!
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PR-Imagery Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
See here [link]

Configuration:
Case: COOLERMASTER ELITE 311 BLUE CASE
CPU: Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570
Motherboard: ASUS® P8Z77-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
RAM: 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
GPU: 1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 650 - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
Hard drive: 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 16MB CACHE
PSU: CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS®

Total: £551.67 + VAT which brings it up to £662.0.

Or head over to Scan and look up the parts if you want to give building your own a go.
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