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I am really not sure where to put this topic so I guess here will do until further notice, lol.

 

I am planning to convert my current setup for use with graphics software for a small business, which will be focused on custom graphics printing on materials, from home. My reason for this is mainly because of space and convenience.

 

Current setup (parts I think are relevant anyway) is as follows (in case my sigrig changes for whatever reason):

 

AMD Phenom II x4 965BE @4ghz

8gb Corsair Vengeance

XFX HD6870

500gb HDD

M4A79XTD EVO

Acer 24" 1920x1080 120hz Monitor

Advent AW10 Printer (will use this for invoices so will be running two printers on network).

 

I am planning on buying a Sublimation Inkjet Printer, Heat Press, and one more monitor. I also have another 500gb HDD which will most likely go into the setup. Will most likely be running photoshop. I do still intend to use the PC for personal use aswell.

 

Questions I have, all in relation to running photoshop for working purposes, are:

 

Will 8gb of RAM be enough (I think the max I can fit in is 16gb and I'll struggle with clearance with another two sticks)?

 

Should I get another monitor of the same size or will a smaller monitor be ok? I plan to use one for fullscreen graphics and the other for toolbars etc. (I will not be using the second monitor for gaming).

 

Will my graphics card be powerful enough to run two monitors for this purpose (please note I do not intend to use the second monitor for gaming, strictly work only)?

 

What would be the best way to fit in the second HDD (it has Windows 7 on it already)? I would like to use one HDD for my own stuff and the other for the graphics software, business, etc. What's the best way to protect the HDD in this form of setup?

 

Is there any equipment/software/guides you could reccommend for this purpose?

 

Thanks for your time.

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by Lifeshield - 12/19/11 at 4:38pm
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I wouldn't think you'd need a 120hz monitor. Look for something in the 60hz range, should save a bit of cash (assuming this is a mild budget comp?) Also for your harddrive that already has Win7 on it just set it as the boot drive in the BIOS and it will work fine with the other blank new one. And if you set the new blank one as a data drive (for your graphics and office shiz) you may want to consider buying an identical third HDD and put the other 2 in a RAID config so if one crashes the other one still has the data.
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I'd recommend a 60 HZ 24"+ IPS panel no doubt about it.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't Nvidia cards much better suited for Graphics Design?
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The second monitor wont take up much graphics power.When I added my second monitor I did not notice any drop in performance. One think you should consider thou is that TN panels (I'm guessing your acer is one) are not well suited for graphic work as they don't have very accurate colors. You should look in to ISP monitors for your "work" monitor as they will more accurately reflect what you will see in the final print.
    
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i'd raid two HDD, especially if you are using it for business purposes. would you want all your designs to just dissapear one day when the HDD fails?
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i'd raid two HDD, especially if you are using it for business purposes. would you want all your designs to just dissapear one day when the HDD fails?

I forgot about data storage as well.

+1 to a back-up plan, RAID 1 is super simple to setup or even just an external hard drive that you back up to nightly.
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I wouldn't think you'd need a 120hz monitor.



I already have the 120hz monitor. I intend to buy another monitor. The setup I listed is one I already own and intend to convert for use. As it stands both HDDs have W7 on aswell.

 

Quote:
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i'd raid two HDD, especially if you are using it for business purposes. would you want all your designs to just dissapear one day when the HDD fails?



Not at all which is why I asked how to protect it.

 

How do I setup RAID? What is it exactly?

 

Quote:
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Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't Nvidia cards much better suited for Graphics Design?



I don't intend to buy another graphics card, I only just recently got this one. I'm sure it will be more than enough for a small business working from home?

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by axipher

 

I'd recommend a 60 HZ 24"+ IPS panel no doubt about it.

 

These IPS monitors seem expensive and a little over my budget (from what I've seen anyway) as I still have to buy other equipment (which is already running into £1200 alone), and materials (which is another £500). I'm looking for something no more than £200 as I have about £300 left from a £2000 budget and want some spare change for other stuff aswell. Are they really a neccessity for a small business from home?


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Dell makes a pretty cheep 23" ISP monitor called UltraSharp. I don't know much about it but as it is a ISP it should at least be better then any TN panel. http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/monitors/363970/dell-ultrasharp-u2311h
    
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I already have the 120hz monitor. I intend to buy another monitor. The setup I listed is one I already own and intend to convert for use. As it stands both HDDs have W7 on aswell.




Not at all which is why I asked how to protect it.

How do I setup RAID? What is it exactly?




I don't intend to buy another graphics card, I only just recently got this one. I'm sure it will be more than enough for a small business working from home?


These IPS monitors seem expensive and a little over my budget (from what I've seen anyway) as I still have to buy other equipment (which is already running into £1200 alone), and materials (which is another £500). I'm looking for something no more than £200 as I have about £300 left from a £2000 budget and want some spare change for other stuff aswell. Are they really a neccessity for a small business from home?

Raid is when you buy two identical HDD, and via the mobo you can make the 1 an automatic mirror image of the second one. so, when in X years the 1st one fails, you will have all your data on the second one. then you just buy a new 2nd one and raid it with the first one, until that fails. and so on..
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Thanks.

 

So here's what I am going for with the budget. As I start making cash I will expand (obviously) I'm planning on getting some IPS monitors and a tablet at some point in the future but for now I just want to get it off the ground. biggrin.gif

 

I have at the moment two PC's I intend to use. My personal PC (sigrig) which will be used for doing custom graphics etc, and another PC (FX4100, 4gb XMS3, 500gb HDD) for which will be used for administration. Going to take a 500gb HDD from another PC and put it in RAID within the PC we're using for administration so that all our important data is protected.

 

Acer 24" Monitor. I'll use my main monitor for image editing and this one for toolbars etc.

 

Desktop mount. To make space for my new printer.

 

Western Digital 2TB External HDD. Will use this for all my media and to backup graphic files.

 

38x38cm Heatpress kit. The money maker! Sublimation here I come! biggrin.gif

 

Hopefully I should have all this in by Friday (hopefully).


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