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Best PC for small business desktop publishing...?
knowshitaboutpcs 
15/6/08 4:34:56 PM
Serf

I am currently doing a project where I need to decide what would be the best computer to purchase for a small business for desktop publishing purposes. I have been trying to find some info on the net and worked out it needs pretty big RAM and plenty of hard disk space but I am struggling to decide on one that would be suitable. I am guessing Dell Vostro 400 could possibly do the job?? The DTP software is either PageMaker or QuarkXpress. Any pointers or links to suggested sites would be very much appreciated...I have had to assume most of the variables for the project, ie, size of business, cost etc.

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jennyb 
16/6/08 2:01:17 AM
Banned
Firstly forget a badged computer, waste of time and money. If your running large bitmap files you may need some grunt and the new CS4 suite will see photoshop going 64bit (hurrah). If your not manipulating large files you don't really need that much grunt. As for hard disk space etc what you need to think more about is backup, typically once you've finished a client's job your going to want to put the work on something permanent, like a DVD, Bluray etc. Therefore you won't be needing tons of space and its not a good idea to store stuff on the HD where it can be corrupted. Your better off spending money on a good monitor you can colour calibrate and one big enough to work on the entire page without zooming too much if at all. Programs like Pagemaker, Indesign, Quark etc arent realling classed as power hungry application and if your going to run vista get at least 4GB of ram, or 8 if moneys no object.

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knowshitaboutpcs 
16/6/08 11:25:06 AM
Serf

Thanks heaps! Good point about taking the work off the HD once completed, and needing a good monitor. Hadn't thought of that yet....
:-)
Cheers

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m0zes 
16/6/08 1:33:30 PM
Champion
Quote by jennyb
Firstly forget a badged computer, waste of time and money.



Not really, that depends on how small a small business is or rather how dependant on the hardware they are. If they are a small opperation turning around a lot of work then going for a dell etc is a perfectly reasonable option as the after market support is excellent. If however it a small business not producing a lot of work, a side job perhaps, which doesn't have any major deadlines etc then by all means go for a pre built/custom built from a local/online store.

cheers

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SquallStrife 
16/6/08 2:07:21 PM
Titan

Quote by m0zes
Quote by jennyb
Firstly forget a badged computer, waste of time and money.



Not really, that depends on how small a small business is or rather how dependant on the hardware they are. If they are a small opperation turning around a lot of work then going for a dell etc is a perfectly reasonable option as the after market support is excellent. If however it a small business not producing a lot of work, a side job perhaps, which doesn't have any major deadlines etc then by all means go for a pre built/custom built from a local/online store.

cheers



+1

Homebuilt PC = No support, high-fuss parts warranty.
Computer Shoppe PC = Some support, you'll have to go to them, since they're generally one-man shows.
Dell = Next business day onsite support.

Even a single basic Inspiron or Dimension has a limited next-business-day onsite warranty as standard.


Edited by SquallStrife: 16/6/2008 2:08:21 PM

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Jeruselem 
16/6/08 2:25:50 PM
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Depends ... if you nothing about building a PC (or don't want to know either), then Dell package with a good warranty is probably the go. Just make sure you don't underspec what you buy.

As you have guessed, a lot of us here have built our own systems from whatever parts we get - which I guess is the other extreme. Which also means you fix your own computer.

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m0zes 
17/6/08 5:43:00 AM
Champion
Quote by Jeruselem
As you have guessed, a lot of us here have built our custom built pc ther extreme. Which also means you fix your own computer.



And a lot of people here also don't rely on their pc for income generation, so waiting for a few weeks for a warranty claim is only an inconvenience. It's not critical for their livelihood.

cheers

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