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Just built a really nice PC for my friend in order to do his Photoshop work. He runs a business as a photographer and was previously using a Core 2 Suo 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM, 128mb GPU Levono laptop.

I got him:

Intel i5-2300 2.8GHz
Asus P8P67-M Pro Motherboard
4GB 1600MHz Corsair DDR3 Dual Channel
GTX460 768mb
Corsair Builder Series 500w (34A on 12v rail) PSU
1TB Sata III Seagate HDD
Fractal Design mini-tower case

It's a really nice system and we're both happy with how it's turned out. He can load RAW NEF files from his HDD in seconds. As you can imagine, it was a lot slower on his old laptop.

Some might say the GPU is overkill, but it's utilising the OpenGL abilities of CS suite perfectly. Also, it was £20 difference between the GTS450 and this GTX460, whereas there's a lot of performance difference. Plus, I installed a couple of games I had spare and he's now happy with that. Plus, he wants to get into 3D modelling as a hobby, so I figured a nice powerful GPU ought to sort him out for a fair while.

The question is, if you were a graphics design artist on a budget, which monitor would you go for?

Multi-monitor is a possibility.
Edited by Viridian - 8/11/11 at 10:35am
    
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post #2 of 35
What do you mean by "on a budget"?

inb4 UltraSharp.
post #3 of 35
Check out the dell ultrasharp series. The u2410 is an ips panel at 1920x1200 resolution and runs for like $450. There is also a newer version of that same monitor, but I can't remember the name off the top of my head.
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post #4 of 35
You probably want to look at a Dell Ultrasharp, the U2410 is supposed to be really good, but if your on a budget the U2311h would be pretty good, if he can afford it though have him go for either the 27 or 30 inch ones, they have alot higher resolution and the extra screen space comes in handy when working with photos
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Originally Posted by skuloth View Post
check out the dell ultrasharp series. The u2410 is an ips panel at 1920x1200 resolution and runs for like $450. There is also a newer version of that same monitor, but i can't remember the name off the top of my head.
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post #6 of 35
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Originally Posted by t-ramp View Post
What do you mean by "on a budget"?

inb4 UltraSharp.
Well, he just dropped £580 on this PC... And he's looking for multiple monitors either initially or afterwards.

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Originally Posted by Skuloth View Post
Check out the dell ultrasharp series. The u2410 is an ips panel at 1920x1200 resolution and runs for like $450. There is also a newer version of that same monitor, but I can't remember the name off the top of my head.
Yeah, I mentioned that IPS seem to be the preferred panel of choice and that Dell seem to make exceedingly good ones. But I have no real idea about them because I haven't been in the market for a new monitor for 3 years (my Sammy is still awesome enough for me)
    
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post #7 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Viridian View Post
Well, he just dropped £580 on this PC... And he's looking for multiple monitors either initially or afterwards.
That doesn't really help. One can easily spend the same amount on dual monitors. Is he willing to do that?

Edit: Well, I guess that would take some nice monitors. I guess I'm not exactly up on my currency conversions. I'm just confusing myself.

Edit2: I guess two U2410s would bump you up to that range.
Edited by t-ramp - 8/11/11 at 10:46am
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I think he'd be willing to spend that on dual monitors, yeah. He said today he's definintely wanting to go dual. So, maybe £250 on a monitor x 2 would be ok. Not sure. I'm sending him these recommendations as you guys post them. So we'll see what he says.

I'm a geek, so I can more than easily justify those prices myself, cause I know what goes into the product!
    
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post #9 of 35
The 22 and 23 inch ultrasharps are also really nice from what I have heard. I think the image quality is a little inferior to the 24 and up, but the 22 and 23 go for around 250-300 IIRC
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post #10 of 35
I'd get a NEC.
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