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Mother of all Graphics Boxes

Your opinions please

2:17 am on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hello All -

I've been doing graphic design (print and web) for many years now; the box I've been using is seriously beginning to die after almost 4 years of up-time and I know I need a replacement.

I've been scouring the web about what I should get, but there's a lot of conflicting opinions. I am NOT AT ALL techical, but I've compiled the following spec and would LOVE to have the opinions of WebmasterWorld members as I've always found the opinions here sound.

Bottom line is that I need something fast, fast, fast and of course stable. One problem is that I live and work from the Philippines, so trusting the locals to build me what I need is very hard to come by.

Here goes:

One 80GB SATA2 HD - for XP OS ONLY
Two 120GB SATA2 HDs - One for Print projects, One for web projects
One 300GB SATA2 external (in case) Firewire USB - to backup the two 120's

Dual Core Processor
Firewire capable
SATA 2 capable

What Motherboard maker would be suggested?

ViewSonic 23" display (VP2330wb)

What graphics card would you recommend to drive the above display?

2 GB Ram (DDR 633?)

Samsung Dual layer DVD R/RW

All recommondations are greatly apprecaited.


2:53 am on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Neophyte -

You really don't mention budget. For example, the AMD dual core CPUs are a bargain right now, but the Core 2s from Intel are the fastest on the consumer market right now.

When I build a PC I build it around the processor because that will drive the motherboard selection and the the RAM type / speed.

If you don't mind the noise, the WD 10,000 RPM hard drives are screaming fast.

My suggestion - spend some time on sites like Toms Hardware. Look at their CPU reviews (which include the motherboard and Graphic board specs). They also do motherboard comparisons. If you're looking for speed in a hard drive check out Storage Review.

8:05 am on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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BillyS -

Thanks for weighing-in, and wow, what a wealth of information on Toms Hardware! Wish I knew about that site a year ago!

My budget for everything in the box and the external HD - monitor excluded - is about US$1,200.

I will spend some more time on Toms hardware - it's very interesting, yet I'm typically stumped by all the jargon.