A friend who does a lot of work with book edititng (mostly PDFs of about 1gb each) needs a new PC and asked me for suggestions.
These are mostly historical books and have a lot of images / photos in them. Often he has two or three open at a time to compare them.
Anyway, I am not sure what to suggest to him.
I was thinking along the lines of the one below - he has a budget of £1300 but it will be a one off investment for many years to come. Can anyone suggest what might be best - the one below is probably overkill because of the graphics card in it but the rest of the spec is good it seems.
In short, does he need the graphics card in that machine or will a much lesser one do for 2D graphics work? He has a 320GB external drive for backup purposes but the two internals will be used in a RAID.
Direct link to the Executor 950 click here, with detailed specs at right column.
Yes, I'd say a much lesser g'card will easily suffice for the work he does (even less RAM & about everything else too!). The question is will Novatech be willing to sell the Executor 950 with a much lower-specced g'card? G
I'm not so sure about "much less of everything" :-)I've used his current machine (Athlon 64 3500 with 1gb RAM) and it slows down a lot when there are a couple of graphics intensive PDFs open along with Photoshop.
Anyway, if someone can suggest something better, I'd be happy!
Sorry, I didn't mean it that way. It wasn't important either - that's why I put it in brackets : ).
I reckon any modern day PCI-E g'card, even lower-end, would be fine. 2D performance in these cards are usually at a high level, & there isn't much difference between them & their higher end cousins in this respect. G
I'd agree with ade.h on this one, hanging around (not long now) for the Intel Conroe chips with your friends budget would ensure he gets a good long term investment, i.e. it'll be a long time before any conroe chip shows it age if preliminary reviews are anything to go by.