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    Building from scratch for design work

    Hi Everyone,

    I like to build a brand new computer to install Ubuntu and use it for design and video works. The softwares that I have been using include Gimp, Digikam, Kdenlive, Audacity, Inkscape and Scribus. My current HP laptop is from 2009 and so it's pretty slow when I have to do work.

    I have a limited budget of CAD800 - $1,000 and I am hoping to get a 27" Monitor as well. Can you help and help me determine what I can get to build the system? I am looking at websites like newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca and ncix.ca for parts.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    I would buy a used gaming rig. Check on craigslist in your community. Gamers tend to replace their machines often so that they can play the latest games--so there are a lot of decent machines out there just waiting for a Linux rebirth.

    For example in Los Angeles:

    * Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
    * Motherboard: Z77 USB 3.0 Ports
    * Dedicated Graphics: GTX 750 1GB
    * Video output connections: DVI, HDMI & Analog interface
    * HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3
    * Virtual Memory: 8GB RAM
    * Power Supply : 650W 80Plus
    * Case: Xigmatek Black 1 120 Fans Blue LED
    * USB 3.0/2.0 & audio front Panel inputs
    * DVD/CD Reader Burner DL Support
    * High Definition Audio 7.1 Surround Sound
    * Windows 7

    $799
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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    I have been dabbling lately in x265 / h.265 encoding (as well as more mainstream video editing) and I can tell you for free that video encoding is a very, very resource hungry occupation. You would need a fast, multicore processor, heaps of ram and a big HDD. Lots of fun though .
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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    Quote Originally Posted by tgalati4 View Post
    I would buy a used gaming rig. Check on craigslist in your community. Gamers tend to replace their machines often so that they can play the latest games--so there are a lot of decent machines out there just waiting for a Linux rebirth.

    For example in Los Angeles:
    Thanks! I will definitely check it out!

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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    Quote Originally Posted by andrew.46 View Post
    I have been dabbling lately in x265 / h.265 encoding (as well as more mainstream video editing) and I can tell you for free that video encoding is a very, very resource hungry occupation. You would need a fast, multicore processor, heaps of ram and a big HDD. Lots of fun though .
    Andrew. What kind of system are you running?

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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    Quote Originally Posted by francis3 View Post
    Andrew. What kind of system are you running?
    I built using an 8 core AMD Piledriver chip, 16 gigs RAM and a 2 TB HDD. Front and back USB 3 ports have been very useful with this build .
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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    All the sites you mentioned are for Canadians,visit MemoryExpress.ca and try out their online Configurator http://www.memoryexpress.com/SystemConfig/Default.aspx. As you add /change components to your virtual build a running total is produced so you can see how much your'e out of pocket.
    good luck
    trag

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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    Quote Originally Posted by trag View Post
    All the sites you mentioned are for Canadians,visit MemoryExpress.ca and try out their online Configurator http://www.memoryexpress.com/SystemConfig/Default.aspx. As you add /change components to your virtual build a running total is produced so you can see how much your'e out of pocket.
    good luck
    trag
    Thanks Trag!

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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    I am looking at this system on Newegg.ca.

    Can someone look at it and tell me if this is poowerful enough? I really want to get a system that can help me do my work as well as last for a while.

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    Re: Building from scratch for design work

    Forget the link?

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