I'm in the market for a new computer. In determining what my priorities are, I want my computer to focus on digital art creation. I know that "arts" computers are high-end systems, much like gaming computers, but I also know that they are a different sort of high end system. Please keep in mind as you make suggestions that I'm an amateur at best in digital art creation, so I don't need the highest end equipment.
My goals for this computer are:
1. I'd like to do us make music with Vocaloid Sonika. I honestly have no gift of composition, I'm a singer, not a writer, so I'll be sticking to public domain works, like show-tunes, the Hymnal / Book of Common Prayer, and the classics of the great masters. One of my goals is to complete a recording of Sonika reciting Daliy Matins and Evensong in plainchant. (What? I've been told its good to have big dreams)
2. Using the GIMP and Pain.net to color line art and do basic photo manipulations. (I would use Photoshop but the $500 price-tag is a hurdle I can't jump.
3. Have a computer that can watch anime and tv without having said videos having to be converted into standard def.
4. Play some PC games. Although, since I have bad aim, I've stayed away from most FPS games. All I ask is that this computer can play StarCraft II at Blizzard's recommended settings. (Or slightly better; wiggle room never hurts.)
Current gear I'm looking at: Antec Three Hundred case, Gigabyte GA-MA790GPT-UD3H motherboard, AMD Athlon II X3 440 CPU, Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB graphics card, Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 main-memory.
Total price: 770.00 on newegg
I'd appreciate any advice or critique the community could provide. ^_^
Windows XP/Vista, Pentium 4 2 GHz/ Athlon XP 2000, 512 MB RAM (1GB of RAM recommended) (2 GB or more recommended when using VSTi realtime)· Approx 4 GB Free Hard Disk Space / DVD Drive.
Catalog (SKU) number: ZG-V5
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I think you chose wisely. You might want to look at a different (cheaper case) with a built in power supply, if you want to save more money. There's nothing wrong with the Antec 300 though. You are missing a hard drive and optical drive in your estimate. Are you planning to recycle an old one? I'd add a new primary HD and use any existing as a secondary.
Thanks! It's reassuring to have confirmation. I've tried to go to computer builder shops and they've keep skipping the tri-core, going straight to the quad-core chips. It was making me wonder if the the Athalon II x4 635 was better for me.
The quote includes a hard drive and a dvd-rw, it's just that those parts are so universal now it doesn't make sense to include it. Although I wonder of the price to upgrade from 640 GB to 1000GB is worth it.
I'm using a volume license copy of Windows XP through my dad who works at EDS/HP. Technically, I'm breaking the law, and I'd like to buy my own copy of Win 7 to rectify myself. Would it better to buy the OEM version of Windows 7 or the retail version? Grr... Windows is so expensive, I could buy a 2nd chip and have change.
Outside of Office, does anyone have any recommendations for software I should get with my computer, eg. antivirus, back-up /restore, CD/DVD Burner software, etc. I've been using McAffy on the a.v. side and I've been thinking of using Carbonite for backups.