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    Art room Graphics Cards

    Hi all we are looking for computers for our new build art room,

    The specifications we have so far are as follows;

    Intel i5-2400
    8GB Ram
    250GB Minimum HDD
    Card Reader

    But we are unsure on what graphics cards, we have a budget of about £450 per machine, but a company will build them... this will alow us around £30 - £40 ex vat on a graphics card.

    any suggestions?

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    May i asked whats wrong with the Intel HD Graphics card?

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    Well what are you going to be doing with the machines? What software will you use?

    This is not a Windows 7 specific question so it should live in here: http://www.edugeek.net/forums/hardware/

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    were looking to be using the machines for art perpiouses such as photoshop, premier elements and maybe a bit of vidio editing so would like to ensure the machines are fully capiable of running all these programs at a decent speed

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    To be honest those apps wouldn't require anything special.

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    plus the benifits of making it last for a couple of years...

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    Moved to hardware thread.

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    Intel Card should be alright for all those needs. I got a an I3 Now with the HD card and it runs everything i need just fine. Using a DVI or HDMI Moniter will give you better picture quility on the screen than VGA cable. (17" and upwards)

    Edit: What part of gloucester are you?

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    Personally we run out Photography room on I3's 4Gb ram with 64GB ssd's - you will get better performance from an SSD then the I5 and Extra ram. With the Intel Graphics adapters. We paid less then £300 per machine from stone (ex windows license). Use the extra money to buy nicer monitors and use HDMI/DVI you will get better performance.

    They use CS3 design suite. If anything go for a 120GB SSD.

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    with the i5 and extra ram we are looking to keep them for a number of years, these specs we have came up with will help future proof the computers, i DO like the SSD's though!!! what ssd would you personaly recomend? were also using cs5

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    Classroom install + CS5 = Total size. Leave some free space on the drive. I would go for 64gb or 120gb. as someone said above

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    the problem we may have with that is, that we have a universial image, this image is about 80-90gb at the moment and with windows update will be more, and the fact that you dont get the full 120gb... also the machines we have in the art rooms now are 4 years old and are being moved into music which we didnt think of when they were purchased back in 2008... so in a couple of years these machines may be put somewere else, so yes we could create a specific art image but one of the rooms will be able to be booked out for other subjects, so were a little stuck

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    Intel graphics will be fine. Higher power graphics cards are only any use for 3D work etc...

    A 128GB SSD is a good idea, I'd go for an intel one myself, based purely on stability and reliability.

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    Ours are 5 year warrantied - the only thing i may end up doing is getting larger SSD's in them in around 3 years time.

    We have over 300 I3's/4Gb ram which are to last 5 years.

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    Wil confirm the above - the onboard (HD 3000 series) graphics are better than pretty much anything under £50 graphics card wise and are surprisingly good at even the higher end stuff - Solidworks for instance here is damned quick on it. I removed a GTX520 from my PC as the onboard was quicker.

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