Spec me a PC for graphic design!

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I need a PC for me to start doing some graphic design work, using my laptop and hooking upto my TV works well but it's abit of a pain.

Budget would be around £800

It needs to be fast to render the work quickly, 2 screens would be a bonus or one large screen, OS aswell, would like for it to be able to play games so maybe just a 4870 or something will do. And quite abit of memory as my laptop is already getting full with the resources I use. And a network card, keyboard, speakers, case and a monitor, maybe 2 would be good but one big one would also do.

Thankies :D

And if anyone can recommened me a good graphics tablet aswell, that would be supa.
 
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Typing this on my phone so no spec. I doubt you will need anything powerful for graphic design or different to a standard games machine. I work in games devlopment and use mostly photoshop/maya and just use machines I build for gaming first.

2 monitors are a must for any media work of this kind I find. Reference on one screen and maya/Photoshop on the other.

Tablet wise don't settle for anyhing other than a wacom. I prefer the intuos series but they are very pricey at a5 widescreen which is probably the best size. If that's included in this budget it might make it a bit tight!

Just take a look at any of the 500-1k specs on here with 4gb ram and you will be fine
 
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This is what I specced last week for a design machine. I mainly use CS4; no rendering or any of that jazz so might not be totally suitable for what you want. Also a bit on the cheap side maybe, but gives you some idea.

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Product Name Qty Price Line Total
Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - OEM + Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Game £144.99
(£126.08) £144.99
(£126.08)
Iiyama ProLite E2207WS 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor £124.99
(£108.69) £249.98
(£217.38)
Asus P7P55D LE Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard £99.99
(£86.95) £99.99
(£86.95)
Patriot Sector 5 Viper II 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz Dual Channel (PVV34G1333LLK) £70.99
(£61.73) £70.99
(£61.73)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Retail £65.99
(£57.38) £65.99
(£57.38)
Gainward GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card £62.99
(£54.77) £62.99
(£54.77)
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 420W Power Supply £39.99
(£34.77) £39.99
(£34.77)
NZXT BETA Classic Series Case - Black (No PSU) £39.99
(£34.77) £39.99
(£34.77)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (ST3500418AS) £37.98
(£33.03) £37.98
(£33.03)
Sony Optiarc AD-7241S 24x DVD±RW SATA Lightscribe Optical Drive (Black) - OEM £18.99
(£16.51) £18.99
(£16.51)
Edimax EW-7128G 54Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter £13.98
(£12.16) £13.98
(£12.16)
Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3/775/1156) £13.98
(£12.16) £13.98
(£12.16)
Logitech RX1000 Optical Laser Mouse (931710-0600) £10.98
(£9.55) £10.98
(£9.55)
Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 (968019-0120) £9.99
(£8.69) £9.99
(£8.69)
Sub Total : £765.93
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £16.25
VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £117.33
Total : £899.51

I spent half an hour on this, it's not even that good... whatever. Can't seem to make it fit in. I would consider a 775 Quad.
 
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The two monitors will be a struggle with the price I guess, but it's still a good spec. I would have to up my budget if I want a good graphics tablet aswell anyway. I could always sell my laptop but then I will need it to shout and scream on here as I try and work out how to build the friggin thing.
 
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