1. Mid to High end video cards and monitors?
I am looking for advice on components for a graphic design PC.
I am about to buy a new PC for doing freelance graphic design at home.
My wife will be using the computer for graphic design work, and I will
be using the computer for software development.
I'm not trying to build the SUPER graphic design workstation. The freelance
work is new, so we don't know how long it will take to pay off. We just
need enough power to get started, and when the money starts coming in, we
will just upgrade.
Most of the work we envision doing in the beginning will be the design
of interior/exterior signage, logos, and corporate identity solutions.
I have 'settled' on the following configuration
Cyrix 166+ w/512k cache
2.5 GB hard disk
4.0 GB tape backup
8x CD ROM
17" Princeton Monitor ( uncertain about this )
Matrox Mistique 2MB WRAM ( VERY uncertain about this )
I need some help with the following issues:
* What is required to perform color calibration? (software, video card, ...)
* What are some things to look for in a video card?
* What is a good video card that won't cost a fortune ( < $250 )?
* What is a good 17" monitor that won't cost a fortune?
* Is 32 Meg of memory enough memory to get started and be somewhat productive?
* What is a good entry level scanner? Is there such a thing?
* Do the logitech hand held scanners work very well? Would they make a decent
short term solution for scanning?
Thanks in advance.
Darryl Dieckman University of Cincinnati
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