I currently work in the design field in a medium sized corporate setting. We're looking into getting new hardware for our designers because we seem to be having big issues with Adobe Creative Suite crashing a lot, and the system generally running pretty slow. We currently use PC for all of our design work. One suggestion has been to simply go right for the new Mac Pros. However, we would like options to bring forward, as we feel PC might be the better option in regards to cost to performance.
Our design department uses Illustrator heavily. Probably 85%-90% of our work is Ai. The rest is a mixture of Photoshop and InDesign. Some of our designers use 3D programs like SolidWorks and rendering programs like Keyshot (this makes the Mac route difficult).
So, here are my list of demands!
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ASAP
Budget Range: $5000 everything included. If possible, second option $3000 everything included.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy Adobe Illustrator work, and general Adobe Creative Suite use. Also frequent use of 3D modeling and rendering using SolidWorks and KeyShot.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes. If possible, suggest one comparable to the newest Mac Pro monitor.
Parts to Upgrade: This would be a PC from the ground up, excluding keyboard/mouse: CPU, GPU, RAM, HDD (SSD), CD drive, motherboard, PSU, case, monitor
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No specific site is necessary. Only criteria is that it is reputable (newegg, tigerdirect…)
Location: North Eastern New Jersey, USA
Parts Preferences: No preference.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: A monitor comparable to the new Mac Pro monitor, so about 27in 2560x1440 resolution
Additional Comments: This is a build that would potentially be purchased for ~20 designers, so it’s something that has to be sustainable for the awhile.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently using PC in the design department and everyone has been having issues with Creative Suite crashing and not working properly. Suggested solution has been to get new hardware.