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Specs for graphics design workstations

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February 24, 2012 9:41:07 AM

I am looking to build a high end graphics design and animation workstation but I need help with the specs.

Budget size: Average.

Any pointers would be appreciated.


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February 24, 2012 12:12:57 PM

Have you set a real budget for this project? 'average' doesn't tell us much.
If you fill out the form in *How To Ask For New Build Advice* you'll answer all the standard questions that help things get started.
February 24, 2012 1:29:15 PM

In addition to WR2's suggestions, what applications and development tools do you intend to use? Also, is this for personal or professional use?
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February 29, 2012 5:57:56 AM

Apologies WR2,

I completely forgot about that. I was looking at about $1000 dollars max. I'll fill out the form below like you requested.



Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: $1000 (Before / After Rebates )

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Listening to Music/watching movies; Gaming; Graphics design on Adobe Creative Suite and Corel, et al; Digital Animation character design and rendering.

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing)

Country: Nigeria

Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge Processor and Seperate GPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Windows OS XP, Quiet running.
February 29, 2012 11:22:26 AM

You have a requirement for a "high end graphics design and animation workstation" and you also have a low end design / animation workstation budget.
With $1000 you're looking at a pretty standard personal PC build and not a high end workstation. You can still do graphics design and animation work on it - just not at the same level that professionals work at.
Is this a hobby or are you earning a living doing that kind of work?

I also have a problem sourcing parts and checking prices in Nigeria without knowing what's available locally.
Where do people get parts in Nigeria?
February 29, 2012 11:26:41 AM

tfajo said:
Parts Not Required:
Does the $1000 budget also include a monitor, keyboard, mouse and operating system?
April 5, 2012 5:09:30 PM

OK so what is the budget you propose for my wishlist? $1,500?

It is for professional work and the applications I intend to use include the following:

1. 3d Max.
2. ZBrush.
3. Cinema 4D.
4. Photoshop.

Please I really need this info as soon as you can provide it.

Thanks a bunch.
May 3, 2012 3:03:54 AM

considering your location you may have to spend close to 2000 for a decent setup, maybe more.
I could imagine hardware would be pretty expensive to get there unless you have a shop in your area.

remember that any 3D rendering programs are pretty demanding.