Custom Built Computers¬†For Graphic Designers
Graphic designers have a particular set of requirements from a computer – typically they need a graphic design computer¬†. For those of you who have decided to resist the lure of Apple’s seemingly irresistible marketing and go with a PC – congratulations! You will get the the same or superior hardware at the same or less than cost of the equivalent Apple Computer. In most cases, it is almost half! Yes – Half!
Out of the box solutions are just never quite as good for graphic designers
If you are working using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign then you will benefit from having a chat to us about your computing needs. Adobe do have recommendations for the minimum level of spec a computer should have when trying to run their programs – and we are well aware of these.Trying to run your software on anything less will ensure that you are nowhere near as productive as you could be. Purchasing a branded out-of-the-box HP/Acer/Samsung etc. system from Harvey Norman or Joyce Mayne will typically result in you not getting the type of hardware that you really need.
Every persons needs are a little bit different. Maybe you dabble in a bit of video editing or perhaps you are a gamer in between design fests – either way… we can put together a system that does the job.
“How would you know what a graphic designer needs? You’re just a bunch of tech guys?”
We also have a digital marketing division (head on over to Ignite Digital Marketing to check it out!) and so of course our girls had to have the best. Not just because they are incredibly impatient with computers but because we all¬†know that time means money. Sitting and waiting for the computer to process large files is a waste of time and is incredibly unproductive. If you ever want to see the machines in action, or request a demo… feel free to drop in to our office at Beerwah. Ignite shares a shop space with us in our Beerwah office.
“A ‘technical friend’ told me i need an i7 and a massive video card…is this going to cost me a fortune?”
Depending on the type of work you are doing, you do not necessarily need a video/graphics card. If you are doing activities like photo editing, website design, print or stationary design (small and large format) – it is very likely that you wont need a graphics card. You will however need a decent processor (i5 or above), a good quality motherboard and most importantly – a fast hard drive. We very highly recommend solid state hard drives. They will have a huge impact on the speed of your file saving/file opening and generally everything you do!
If you want to run more than 2 screens then you will benefit from a good graphics card. Some will let you run up to 6 monitors from the 1 card. They can be treated as ‘extended displays’ or as 1 monitor (also known as eyefinity). We have a 3 screen system on display at our office if you want to check it out in person. It does have the capability to run up to 6 monitors but there is only so much desk space available :o)
If you want to do any kind of video editing, or rendering then this is where having the RIGHT video card will make the difference. But that video card needs to correctly match your motherboard, processor, memory and of course power supply (being under powered will cause you issues).
Ok so how much do I really need to budget?
Well if this is your main source of income and this machine is going to be used daily then we would recommend spending as much as you can afford. The quicker and more responsive your computer is – the more efficient you are going to be. If you allow from $800 you will get something pretty decent. As mentioned above though – it depends on the exact nature of your activities so call or email us today and get a quote or even just a second opinion!