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Need a graphics computer for small business

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August 15, 2012 1:04:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $800-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Needs to be able to handle large graphic files, a secondary hard drive (w/RAID?) - we have replaced the computer every year or two after it "blew up" and have lost software and important files

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: looking at a build from HP

Current BUILD:
HPE h8-1360t
Windows 7
3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3770 quad-core processor (3.4GHz, 8MB shared cache)
8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
1TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive
***considering 2nd hard drive 500GB SATA
GRAPHICS CARD - NVidia GeForce GT630 or 640?
Power Supply - 300W but I think I should upgrade to 460W based on comments here

Don't laugh - this is all new to me! Would love to build from scratch but a little beyond my current skills.

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August 15, 2012 2:42:53 PM
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If you go with HP I would definitely upgrade the power supply. A couple of tweaks. The i7 may be overkill. Check out an i5 build possibly along the same lines. Use the money saved for a better graphics solution. Also, instead of doing RAID, consider investing in an external hard drive, then getting yourself on a backup schedule. Make a system image of your system first off, then if you have a crash, you just replace the part, and can restore from the image, and just have your other data backing up to where the data can be restored, as if you make a backup image, that image is only current as of when you make the image.
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August 15, 2012 4:07:59 PM

^i7 is best for graphics.
August 15, 2012 8:57:07 PM

They aren't bad, but he will want something balanced. Another thing to consider, get an SSD. I work with a guy who's a web designer, and he installed a 120gb SSD into his computer and has his Adobe programs loaded on that. He's running a Phenom II, 8 gb of ram, and a GTX 560. But he said when he put the SSD in, things just pop vs with a standard hard drive. Have you considered building perhaps?
August 16, 2012 3:16:00 AM

Even with an ssd aftereffects would still abuse a Phenom. More ram is better,I suggest 16gb.
Good question ...
August 16, 2012 1:33:42 PM

16gb is not bad. I know web guys have told me personally that you can't really utilize above 8 right now. Although with ram being under 40 bucks for 8gb, not a bad deal at all really.
August 16, 2012 1:59:15 PM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
16gb is not bad. I know web guys have told me personally that you can't really utilize above 8 right now. Although with ram being under 40 bucks for 8gb, not a bad deal at all really.

There's no reason not to really,and adobe software really uses alot of cores and memory,seeing 100% all the time isn't appealing
August 20, 2012 2:17:17 PM

Thanks for your input on this, everyone!
August 20, 2012 2:18:49 PM

Best answer selected by steympunk33.
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