cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Midnight_Caller
Rising Star
Posts: 4,143
Thanks: 7
Fixes: 1
Registered: 15-04-2007

My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Due to problems with my present Computer I am about to get a nuther one built, I would like to outline my specification to see what feedback I get.
I will be using the Computer for Graphics that is Photoshop, GIF Animator, Paint Shop and anumber of other Programs as well.  I will all sow be using the Computer for Video editing, Photography, etc. 
The specification that I am wanting to get is:
Beige atx tower case.
Motherboard - Which one?
CPU: AMD 2 core.
Memory: 8GB Ram.
Graphics Card - Which one?
Fax Modem 56 KB For Back up, Main Modem is NTL Cable Modem.
DVD RW + & -
80GB HD for the SO and 1TB HD for File storage.
OS: XP Home Edition what I have already.
I want a New TFT Monitor 17" what is HD, I don't want it any bigger.
Everything else I have already
33 REPLIES
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 17,370
Thanks: 987
Fixes: 117
Registered: 11-01-2008

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

No point having that much RAM, 32-bit XP home wont be able to use it all. Peaks at 3GB!
Will Moderate For Thanks
Midnight_Caller
Rising Star
Posts: 4,143
Thanks: 7
Fixes: 1
Registered: 15-04-2007

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

So what OS should I use then? I don't want Vista on my Box, and it must be Windos!
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 17,370
Thanks: 987
Fixes: 117
Registered: 11-01-2008

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

You'd need 64bit, which in windows XP only comes in Pro see http://www.micomonline.co.uk/products.asp?partno=ZAT-00124
Will Moderate For Thanks
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 17,370
Thanks: 987
Fixes: 117
Registered: 11-01-2008

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Actually this might be more useful.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP_64-bit_Edition#Windows_XP_64-bit_Edition
Will Moderate For Thanks
N/A

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Quote from: Midnight
I want a New TFT Monitor 17"...

Yay!
Midnight_Caller
Rising Star
Posts: 4,143
Thanks: 7
Fixes: 1
Registered: 15-04-2007

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Why Yay? I have A TFT 17" Monitor but it is medium resolution, I want a High resolution Monitor!   Huh
[Edit]
Thanks adiewoo I will get a copy of Microsoft Windows XP Pro for the new Box!  Wink
James
Grafter
Posts: 21,036
Registered: 04-04-2007

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Gary,
Get yourself a 42" LCD 1080P television and put it on your desk. Plug your computer into that and it would be ideal for your website testing Smiley
N/A

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Most monitors are already capable of at least 1280x720 resolution, its pretty common that they go much higher than that already, 1280x1024 is only 56lines short of being 1080p definition, but the general claim is that you'd need a monitor of over 24" before you could see any difference between 720p and 1080p resolutions, so the missing 56lines on a 1280x1024 monitor would probably cause an imperceptible difference in quality.
Might be worth checking for driver updates for your current monitor to see if it goes up to (or higher) than 1280x1024 - it could save you some cash. Wink
Community Veteran
Posts: 38,315
Thanks: 972
Fixes: 57
Registered: 15-06-2007

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

I assume you are going for the AMD dual or instead of the Intel because of cost.
It might be worth checking out the performance/cost difference for your applications including the costs of the motherboard
One thing to consider is the noise and heat generation. I selected quiet and cool components with a well ventilated case and haven't regretted it.
pierre_pierre
Grafter
Posts: 19,757
Registered: 30-07-2007

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

My 14" Laptop res is 1024x768  so 17" should be no problem
Midnight_Caller
Rising Star
Posts: 4,143
Thanks: 7
Fixes: 1
Registered: 15-04-2007

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Oldjim yes it is the cost.
James_H & pierre My  Monitor resolution with a 17" TFT monitor is:
1024 x 768 - Normal setting
1280 x 1024 - Yes it can do but the text is to smol for me
1920 x 1200 - Max Size
The monitor is a Viglen TFT Monitor
N/A

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Getting a new 17" monitor will not help you with your problem;
If you have a 17" monitor and you put 1024 lines on it, the text will be a certain size.
If you only put 768 lines on it, the text will appear larger.
If you put more lines on it, the text will appear smaller.
The text displayed is a set number of lines tall, so the only way to have more lines without reducing the apparent size of the text is to have a larger monitor.
Obviously, a larger monitor will cost more though.
If reading the text is a problem for you, its pretty difficult to strike a balance between image quality and text size.
It you have more lines, the images will appear smoother, but the text which is a fixed number of lines will appear smaller.
A larger monitor with the same number of lines effectively is making the size of the line larger, so you get back to an apparent lower quality (greater pixellation, loss of smoothness)
Increasing the number of lines to smooth the picture will result in the text reducing in size again.
You see the problem?
Perhaps a larger monitor, with accessibility tools to increase the test sizes might work, but you are a better expert on this than me.
James
Grafter
Posts: 21,036
Registered: 04-04-2007

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Gary,
Can you make the text bigger?  I do this in Firefox using CTRL and + (the plus sign).
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 17,370
Thanks: 987
Fixes: 117
Registered: 11-01-2008

Re: My Dreem Computer spec would be!

Quote from: Midnight
Oldjim yes it is the cost.
James_H & pierre My  Monitor resolution with a 17" TFT monitor is:
1024 x 768 - Normal setting
1280 x 1024 - Yes it can do but the text is to smol for me
1920 x 1200 - Max Size
The monitor is a Viglen TFT Monitor

You will need a 64bit processor to go with your 8GB RAM and 64bit Windows....
Will Moderate For Thanks