1. Welcome to the 12ozProphet Forum...
    You are currently logged out and viewing our forum as a guest which only allows limited access to our discussions, photos and other forum features. If you are a 12ozProphet Member please login to get the full experience.

    If you are not a 12ozProphet Member, please take a moment to register to gain full access to our website and all of its features. As a 12ozProphet Member you will be able to post comments, start discussions, communicate privately with other members and access members-only content. Registration is fast, simple and free, so join today and be a part of the largest and longest running Graffiti, Art, Style & Culture forum online.

    Please note, if you are a 12ozProphet Member and are locked out of your account, you can recover your account using the 'lost password' link in the login form. If you no longer have access to the email you registered with, please email us at info@12ozprophet.com and we'll help you recover your account. Welcome to the 12ozProphet Forum (and don't forget to follow @12ozprophet in Instagram)!

Buying a new computer....What should I get???

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by MESTHREE, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. MESTHREE

    MESTHREE Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2000
    Messages:
    2,902

    Buying a new computer....What should I get???

    Discussion started by MESTHREE - Mar 26, 2003

    I am going to be buying a new computer soon. I need it for graphic design/web page design purposes. I know enough about computer software but not that much about hardware. What should I be looking for so I dont get scammed. I want it to be able to handle photoshop illustrator,dreamweaver and preferably all at once. I need someonthing with a good graphics card and lots of ram so what should I be looking for?? Any help would be greatly appreciated...oh and my budget is about 1500 before tax.
     
    MESTHREE - Rank: Dirty Dozen Crew - Messages:
    2,902
    - Joined:
    Apr 11, 2000
  2. Born Loser

    Born Loser New Jack

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2001
    Messages:
    63

    Born Loser - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    Well I would say go with a mac g4 but I hate macs so..mah!
     
    Born Loser - Rank: New Jack - Messages:
    63
    - Joined:
    Sep 14, 2001
  3. MESTHREE

    MESTHREE Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2000
    Messages:
    2,902

    MESTHREE - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    yah I should have mentioned... its gotta be a PC not a mac
     
    MESTHREE - Rank: Dirty Dozen Crew - Messages:
    2,902
    - Joined:
    Apr 11, 2000
  4. Giving Tree

    Giving Tree 12oz Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2001
    Messages:
    1,111

    Giving Tree - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    MES BABY!!

    haha.. i havent heard from you in a minute.. still want me to come stay up there?


    why aint you on aim no more girl?
     
    Giving Tree - Rank: 12oz Senior Member - Messages:
    1,111
    - Joined:
    Nov 26, 2001
  5. EveryWhere

    EveryWhere 12oz Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2002
    Messages:
    1,128

    EveryWhere - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    Well... a Cheap 999$ dell is ok, if you can find cheaper go for it

    a hard drive with 40gigs is suffient i would think, but mine is 120 cause of game purposes

    any thing should u should get standard.

    CDrw/DVD drives are always recomended

    and because your doing images and shit.. go with the Zip Drive.

    And maybe 3.5 Floppy if its cheap or free
     
    EveryWhere - Rank: 12oz Senior Member - Messages:
    1,128
    - Joined:
    Dec 4, 2002
  6. Spade

    Spade New Jack

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2001
    Messages:
    55

    Spade - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    If you're seriously gonna do graphics you gotta get a Mac. Just find one with a good graphics card and a big monitor. If you just need to do a little graphics (and play games like battlefield 1942) get a pc. look for the same things as in a mac, and make sure to get about 500mb ram and a geforce 4 as ur card.
     
    Spade - Rank: New Jack - Messages:
    55
    - Joined:
    Nov 28, 2001
  7. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2001
    Messages:
    18,054

    Dirty_habiT - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    Here's what *NOT* to do: buy a complete computer with software installed. If you really want a good computer that'll be quite a bit more reliable than normal... build it yourself. Order your parts online, if you buy stuff from CompUSA or CircuitCity, Best Buy etc.... you'll pay a fortune. Here's a very rough list of what I'd suggest:

    1.5-2GHZ AMD processor and whatever mother board that runs it (they're a little cheaper than Intel)
    512MB RAM
    Whatever size hard disk that's necessary (they're pretty cheap)
    CD drive (can be a burner or a dvdrom if you wanna spend extra)
    NVidia or ATI video card (if you get a nice one it should help with displaying hi-res graphics and fast monitor refresh rates)
    CRT Monitor, with the intro of flat screens, you can get a big CRT for a rather inexpensive price.
    Keyboard/mouse can be generic
    Sound is optional, but cards are cheap if you decide you want it.


    I dunno what program you're gonna be using to do the graphic design... so it's hard to say exactly more or less what'd be good. A good site to buy components is www.pricewatch.com. My email address is in my profile, if you need more help, feel free to ask me there.
     
    Dirty_habiT - Rank: Dirty Dozen Crew - Messages:
    18,054
    - Joined:
    Mar 8, 2001
  8. MESTHREE

    MESTHREE Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2000
    Messages:
    2,902

    MESTHREE - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    thanks for the advice... Trust me Id love to buy a mac but I cant afford it they are too expensive and so are all the programs. What I would be using are illustrator 10 photoshop 6 quark dreamweaver 4 adobe go live and a few minor 3d programs just to fuck arround with.
     
    MESTHREE - Rank: Dirty Dozen Crew - Messages:
    2,902
    - Joined:
    Apr 11, 2000
  9. MESTHREE

    MESTHREE Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2000
    Messages:
    2,902

    MESTHREE - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    How does this system sound?

    512 mb ram
    80 gig 7200 rpm hard drive
    cdrw + floppy
    32 bit 3d graphics
    17" flat screen

    comes with printer and free upgrades and its 1237 canadian.... from www.mdg.ca



    oh and Im not on aim anymore cause Im just too damn busy.. :(
     
    MESTHREE - Rank: Dirty Dozen Crew - Messages:
    2,902
    - Joined:
    Apr 11, 2000
  10. Mr.LonelyHeart

    Mr.LonelyHeart 12oz Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2001
    Messages:
    994

    Mr.LonelyHeart - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    I got an old iMac off ebay a little while back for about $300 and it works fine.

    -go with Mac ;)
     
    Mr.LonelyHeart - Rank: 12oz Member - Messages:
    994
    - Joined:
    Aug 31, 2001
  11. WebsterUno

    WebsterUno Guest

    WebsterUno - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    ^^^yup, get A MAC!

    Seriously, Macs are the best for graphics.
    Do some shopping around, its worth looking first.
    I bought mine for $1100 US. I got a G4 400.
    I can open Photshop, and Illustrator. Dreamweaver
    I would have to shut off a program. I can run
    Bryce. I got Amorphium. Final Cut Pro. Its upgradable
    to like 2Gigs, which is more than enough. RAM
    is kinda cheap right now too. For graphics, you
    really should go with a Mac. A tower, not an Imac,
    you cant upgrade the iMac as much.
     
  12. Spade

    Spade New Jack

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2001
    Messages:
    55

    Spade - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    Sftware is t expensive? I got photshp 7 fr free. P2P sharing roxor.
    Also, if you dOn't know much about computer hardware DO NOT BUILD YOUR OWN COMPUTER. You will only end up with problem after problem.
     
    Spade - Rank: New Jack - Messages:
    55
    - Joined:
    Nov 28, 2001
  13. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2001
    Messages:
    18,054

    Dirty_habiT - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    I don't pay for software... If you want to buy all your programs for a Mac, fine... or maybe you know someone that has them. They aren't the most abundant and easiest thing to get software for. I think the MacOS gui is cumbersome and boring. There's lots of cool things you can do with PCs that you *cannot* do with Macs, as there are *far* less developers for the Macintosh community. Mac users are a minority, and they can't do anything that a good PC can't do....
     
    Dirty_habiT - Rank: Dirty Dozen Crew - Messages:
    18,054
    - Joined:
    Mar 8, 2001
  14. WebsterUno

    WebsterUno Guest

    WebsterUno - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    *blasphemy*

    ^^^meh!

    Get a mac, theyre made for what
    youre planning on using it for.
     
  15. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- 12oz Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2000
    Messages:
    6,979

    --zeSto-- - Replied Mar 26, 2003

    mes3...

    there's only one thing I need to say....

    www.pcused.com / www.cpused.com

    some deals like...

    PowerMac G4 400Mhz 256/20GB/DVD Graphite $1349
    G3 iMac 600Mhz 128/40GB/CD/56k $1249

    and my personal pic...

    PowerTower Athlon 2100+ (1.73 GHz) 256MB DDR-RAM/ 80GB HD / 56k Mdm/ 100T/ Combo 16xDVD-32xCD-RW/ 64MB nVidia GeForce4 MX440 w/TV-Out/ USB 2.0/ Firewire/ WinXP Home with 2.1 speakers, Headset, Microphone, Keyboard & Mouse -- 1 Year PCUsed Warranty $1269

    Keep it local!
     
    --zeSto-- - Rank: 12oz Veteran Member - Messages:
    6,979
    - Joined:
    Jul 12, 2000