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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-13-2016, 12:40 PM - Thread Starter
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A friend's business is looking to set up a Epson T7270 which will be used to print art work on a variety of media.  They will be using Photoshop (real one not elements), Lightroom, and Illustrator as well as be able to process large files to print on the printer.  They need a PC to run the software and interface to the printer, and also a "large" monitor with decent color accuracy to view/manipulate what is being printed.  I expect clients would primarily bring files to be printed on USB storage.  And they want to keep it in the $500 - 600 range for both the PC and monitor :)

 

Reading the minimum system requirements for the printer and software I don't see anything that would dictate anything special.  But I haven't set anything like this up so I thought I might see if anyone has any ideas about what the requirements for something like this would be.  Given their cost desires about the only thing they could get would be an i3 class system and an inexpensive IPS panel.


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A friend's business is looking to set up a Epson T7270 which will be used to print art work on a variety of media.  They will be using Photoshop (real one not elements), Lightroom, and Illustrator as well as be able to process large files to print on the printer.  They need a PC to run the software and interface to the printer, and also a "large" monitor with decent color accuracy to view/manipulate what is being printed.  I expect clients would primarily bring files to be printed on USB storage.  And they want to keep it in the $500 - 600 range for both the PC and monitor smile.gif

Reading the minimum system requirements for the printer and software I don't see anything that would dictate anything special.  But I haven't set anything like this up so I thought I might see if anyone has any ideas about what the requirements for something like this would be.  Given their cost desires about the only thing they could get would be an i3 class system and an inexpensive IPS panel.

If those budget constraints are fixed, then your hands are tied. Nothing you can do other than build them the best budget system you can build.

That said, they are going to be very disappointed by the Photoshop/lightroom performance of an under $400 system (100-200 for a budget IPS, keyboard, half decent mouse, and that's assuming you pull Windows out of your butt as opposed to buying it, and that they either do not need a graphics tablet or already own one). An analog would be running crysis on an intel atom.

Also running that soft of software without the system connected to a UPS is a good way to throw away entire days of productivity and pull out your hair until you go bald. Might want to let them know.

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It's like gaming. You wouldn't really want to run, say BF4 on the minimum system requirements.


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Nor would you want to run either on a 20" monitor. In fact Photoshop on a single monitor would be a pain.

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