(OT) PC Configuration

Marty,

The other thing I should have mentioned to you. I do not use this computer for anything else but Graphic Designing (Marketing). I do use all the same software as your
person, but I do not use Vantage on this PC.. I try to limit the amount of software used on this system. In the past they seem to get "buggy"

Dina

Marty Kuphall wrote:

> I could use some guidance in configuring a new PC. Here's the story:
>
> We have hired an in-house marketing person and we need to get her a pc.
> She will be developing marketing pieces (brochures, mailings, etc.) and
> doing our web development. It will need to be a Windows (not Mac) based
> machine because we use Goldmine as our CRM software and that does not
> run on Mac. Additional software on this machine will be Adobe Photoshop
> and Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress and Suitcase.
> While I know nothing about lots of stuff, I know ABSOLUTELY nothing
> about this software. :>)
>
> We buy Dell machines here and have been very pleased. I'm assuming she
> will need the latest and greatest processor and lots of RAM (1 gb??).
> Everything will be stored on our network or archived on cd's with a cd
> burner so hard drive space is not critical. Questions:
> Which Dell System (Precision...) would you recommend?
> Operating system (W2K or XP)?
> Recommended Video Cards?
> Anything else?
>
> Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated!!
> --
> Marty Kuphall
> Controller
> Ultra Tool & Mfg., Inc.
>
> Ph. 262-703-0455
> Fx. 262-703-0468
>
> marty.kuphall@...
>
>
> Useful links for the Yahoo!Groups Vantage Board are: ( Note: You must have already linked your email address to a yahoo id to enable access. )
> (1) To access the Files Section of our Yahoo!Group for Report Builder and Crystal Reports and other 'goodies', please goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/files/.
> (2) To search through old msg's goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/messages
> (3) To view links to Vendors that provide Vantage services goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/links
>
> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

--
Dina M. Hieber
Vamco International, Inc.
555 Epsilon Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 963-7100 - phone
(412) 963-9511 - fax

www.vamcointernational.com



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I could use some guidance in configuring a new PC. Here's the story:

We have hired an in-house marketing person and we need to get her a pc.
She will be developing marketing pieces (brochures, mailings, etc.) and
doing our web development. It will need to be a Windows (not Mac) based
machine because we use Goldmine as our CRM software and that does not
run on Mac. Additional software on this machine will be Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress and Suitcase.
While I know nothing about lots of stuff, I know ABSOLUTELY nothing
about this software. :>)

We buy Dell machines here and have been very pleased. I'm assuming she
will need the latest and greatest processor and lots of RAM (1 gb??).
Everything will be stored on our network or archived on cd's with a cd
burner so hard drive space is not critical. Questions:
Which Dell System (Precision...) would you recommend?
Operating system (W2K or XP)?
Recommended Video Cards?
Anything else?

Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated!!
--
Marty Kuphall
Controller
Ultra Tool & Mfg., Inc.

Ph. 262-703-0455
Fx. 262-703-0468

marty.kuphall@...
Marty,

I got our tech writer a Dimension 8100 with whatever the biggest process was
at the time (1.8ghz I think) and 512mb ram, standard equipment otherwise.
Something to be careful about though is the Adobe products. That machine
came with W2k and Pagemaker would run but wouldn't completely display his
pages even though it was to be "fully compatible". We ended up replacing
W2k with W98 so he could get his work done. Check the compatibility of the
software products before picking an OS.

Rick
Marty,
Our marketing person has the same set up (including ColdMine!). I set him
up with a Dell Precision, latest P4, 512 Mb RAM, 80 Gig SCSI HD. Nvidia 64
Mb Graphics card, DVD burner, the works.

The guy is happy as a clam. None of the software is really rocket science,
it will run on much less. I used to run previous releases of the same
software (but not too long ago) on a P3, 4 Mb video card and 32 whopping
Mb's of RAM. I would pick W2K over XP.

Don't be intimidated by the slew of unknown software titles. I work with
graphics and design software every day, and really any type of Dell with a
decent video card (Nvidia) will do. The one thing really important for this
lady will be the monitor. Splurge on that. And a decent color printer. Is
she going to do digital video? If so, make sure your system comes with a DV
port, and get her a couple of the largest hard drives you can get.

Paul


-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Kuphall [mailto:marty.kuphall@...]
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 10:59 AM
To: 'vantage@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: [Vantage] (OT) PC Configuration


I could use some guidance in configuring a new PC. Here's the story:

We have hired an in-house marketing person and we need to get her a pc.
She will be developing marketing pieces (brochures, mailings, etc.) and
doing our web development. It will need to be a Windows (not Mac) based
machine because we use Goldmine as our CRM software and that does not
run on Mac. Additional software on this machine will be Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress and Suitcase.
While I know nothing about lots of stuff, I know ABSOLUTELY nothing
about this software. :>)

We buy Dell machines here and have been very pleased. I'm assuming she
will need the latest and greatest processor and lots of RAM (1 gb??).
Everything will be stored on our network or archived on cd's with a cd
burner so hard drive space is not critical. Questions:
Which Dell System (Precision...) would you recommend?
Operating system (W2K or XP)?
Recommended Video Cards?
Anything else?

Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated!!
--
Marty Kuphall
Controller
Ultra Tool & Mfg., Inc.

Ph. 262-703-0455
Fx. 262-703-0468

marty.kuphall@...




Useful links for the Yahoo!Groups Vantage Board are: ( Note: You must have
already linked your email address to a yahoo id to enable access. )
(1) To access the Files Section of our Yahoo!Group for Report Builder and
Crystal Reports and other 'goodies', please goto:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/files/.
(2) To search through old msg's goto:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/messages
(3) To view links to Vendors that provide Vantage services goto:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/links

Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
Marty,
I looked at Dell's system Precision System 530. I'd recommend the
following Customizations in going with Dell.
1.8 Gig Xeon Processor (Standard)
512 MG PC800 Ram
Standard Keyboard /mouse. (If you want to be nice go to Best Buy and buy
something good)
The CD/dvd burner is free, (does not include a second CD)
An 80 gig Hard Drive comes with the package
I didn't like the choices for Video cards, You probably want something with
128 megs of DDR Ram (ATI is the current top brand)
A 19" monitor, (I dont like flat screens too expensive for what you get.)
NIC is ON board
Comes with windows XP
Comes with OFFICE XP Professional
All told the package $2,299.00

(Too bad you're standardized to dell, I build boxes on the side and
could probably build the one above for $1000.00 Less)

Shirley

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Kuphall [mailto:marty.kuphall@...]
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 10:59 AM
To: 'vantage@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: [Vantage] (OT) PC Configuration


I could use some guidance in configuring a new PC. Here's the story:

We have hired an in-house marketing person and we need to get her a pc.
She will be developing marketing pieces (brochures, mailings, etc.) and
doing our web development. It will need to be a Windows (not Mac) based
machine because we use Goldmine as our CRM software and that does not
run on Mac. Additional software on this machine will be Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress and Suitcase.
While I know nothing about lots of stuff, I know ABSOLUTELY nothing
about this software. :>)

We buy Dell machines here and have been very pleased. I'm assuming she
will need the latest and greatest processor and lots of RAM (1 gb??).
Everything will be stored on our network or archived on cd's with a cd
burner so hard drive space is not critical. Questions:
Which Dell System (Precision...) would you recommend?
Operating system (W2K or XP)?
Recommended Video Cards?
Anything else?

Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated!!
--
Marty Kuphall
Controller
Ultra Tool & Mfg., Inc.

Ph. 262-703-0455
Fx. 262-703-0468

marty.kuphall@...



Useful links for the Yahoo!Groups Vantage Board are: ( Note: You must
have already linked your email address to a yahoo id to enable access. )
(1) To access the Files Section of our Yahoo!Group for Report Builder and
Crystal Reports and other 'goodies', please goto:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/files/.
(2) To search through old msg's goto:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/messages
(3) To view links to Vendors that provide Vantage services goto:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/links

Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service.



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Marty,

You state your user is going to be doing graphics/multimedia type work, there isn't much which soaks a PC's resources more intensively.
Get the most processor and RAM you can afford. Although 512 MB RAM is probably enough.
You may wish to consider either replacing the drive that comes with the PC, or as a second drive, one of the high RPM SCSI drives that Dell offers.
Also buy a big monitor. There is nothing more annoying than trying to do some fine work on a 17" monitor.
17" works but bigger is easier on the eyes.
Since most of the work is for sales/web one of the mid range video cards is probably more than enough power.
Also take Rick's advice about software and operating systems, if possible check compatibility before you buy.

Our use is mostly CAD, and Pro/E 3D and some graphics.
We use the Precision 340's with 512 MB RAM, nVidia Quadra 2 EX and Win2000 as the operating system.
We don't have the comfort factor to got to XP yet.



---- Original Message -----
From: Marty Kuphall
To: 'vantage@yahoogroups.com'
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 10:59 AM
Subject: [Vantage] (OT) PC Configuration


I could use some guidance in configuring a new PC. Here's the story:

We have hired an in-house marketing person and we need to get her a pc.
She will be developing marketing pieces (brochures, mailings, etc.) and
doing our web development. It will need to be a Windows (not Mac) based
machine because we use Goldmine as our CRM software and that does not
run on Mac. Additional software on this machine will be Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress and Suitcase.
While I know nothing about lots of stuff, I know ABSOLUTELY nothing
about this software. :>)

We buy Dell machines here and have been very pleased. I'm assuming she
will need the latest and greatest processor and lots of RAM (1 gb??).
Everything will be stored on our network or archived on cd's with a cd
burner so hard drive space is not critical. Questions:
Which Dell System (Precision...) would you recommend?
Operating system (W2K or XP)?
Recommended Video Cards?
Anything else?

Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated!!
--
Marty Kuphall
Controller
Ultra Tool & Mfg., Inc.

Ph. 262-703-0455
Fx. 262-703-0468

marty.kuphall@...



Useful links for the Yahoo!Groups Vantage Board are: ( Note: You must have already linked your email address to a yahoo id to enable access. )
(1) To access the Files Section of our Yahoo!Group for Report Builder and Crystal Reports and other 'goodies', please goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/files/.
(2) To search through old msg's goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/messages
(3) To view links to Vendors that provide Vantage services goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/links

Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service.



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Marty,
Although XP home is probably much nicer for all the graphic stuff this user plans to do, XP Pro will give you much more network compatibility -- including the ability to run Vantage. XP home OS cannot log onto a domain, so you will have to share a folder on another PC to be able to do the file sharing you desire.

OS just depends on your long-range plans.

Troy Funte
Liberty Electronics

----- Original Message -----
From: Marty Kuphall
To: 'vantage@yahoogroups.com'
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 10:59 AM
Subject: [Vantage] (OT) PC Configuration


I could use some guidance in configuring a new PC. Here's the story:

We have hired an in-house marketing person and we need to get her a pc.
She will be developing marketing pieces (brochures, mailings, etc.) and
doing our web development. It will need to be a Windows (not Mac) based
machine because we use Goldmine as our CRM software and that does not
run on Mac. Additional software on this machine will be Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress and Suitcase.
While I know nothing about lots of stuff, I know ABSOLUTELY nothing
about this software. :>)

We buy Dell machines here and have been very pleased. I'm assuming she
will need the latest and greatest processor and lots of RAM (1 gb??).
Everything will be stored on our network or archived on cd's with a cd
burner so hard drive space is not critical. Questions:
Which Dell System (Precision...) would you recommend?
Operating system (W2K or XP)?
Recommended Video Cards?
Anything else?

Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated!!
--
Marty Kuphall
Controller
Ultra Tool & Mfg., Inc.

Ph. 262-703-0455
Fx. 262-703-0468

marty.kuphall@...



Useful links for the Yahoo!Groups Vantage Board are: ( Note: You must have already linked your email address to a yahoo id to enable access. )
(1) To access the Files Section of our Yahoo!Group for Report Builder and Crystal Reports and other 'goodies', please goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/files/.
(2) To search through old msg's goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/messages
(3) To view links to Vendors that provide Vantage services goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/links

Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service.


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Marty,

I currently do the brochures, mailings etc for Vamco. I spec my computer two years ago and I am ready to upgrade the processor Here is what I got:

Dell Precision Workstation 420 MiniTower
Pentium III processor, 800 MHz
Pentium III processor, 800 MHzProcessor - Second Processor
512MB PC800 ECC RDRAM (2 RIMMS)
21" Dell (19.85" vis) UltraScan P1110 Monitor
nVIDIA, Quadro2Pro, 64MB, VGA/DVI
18GB Ultra 160/M SCSI (15,000 rpm)
Microsoft Mindows 2000 Professional (Serv Pk 1)
Bundle 20/48X CD Rom & 8X/4X/32X CD Read Write
Soundblaster Live Value Audio Card
harmon/kardon Speakers

It has worked very stable for me. I saw some responses on the monitor. DO NOT go with a 17" monitor. It is to hard on the eyes. Also, I do not believe a flat screen
will work with color correction. Be careful on the operating System. Alot of the drivers do not work correctly with XP or 2000.

Dina


Marty Kuphall wrote:

> I could use some guidance in configuring a new PC. Here's the story:
>
> We have hired an in-house marketing person and we need to get her a pc.
> She will be developing marketing pieces (brochures, mailings, etc.) and
> doing our web development. It will need to be a Windows (not Mac) based
> machine because we use Goldmine as our CRM software and that does not
> run on Mac. Additional software on this machine will be Adobe Photoshop
> and Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Quark Xpress and Suitcase.
> While I know nothing about lots of stuff, I know ABSOLUTELY nothing
> about this software. :>)
>
> We buy Dell machines here and have been very pleased. I'm assuming she
> will need the latest and greatest processor and lots of RAM (1 gb??).
> Everything will be stored on our network or archived on cd's with a cd
> burner so hard drive space is not critical. Questions:
> Which Dell System (Precision...) would you recommend?
> Operating system (W2K or XP)?
> Recommended Video Cards?
> Anything else?
>
> Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated!!
> --
> Marty Kuphall
> Controller
> Ultra Tool & Mfg., Inc.
>
> Ph. 262-703-0455
> Fx. 262-703-0468
>
> marty.kuphall@...
>
>
> Useful links for the Yahoo!Groups Vantage Board are: ( Note: You must have already linked your email address to a yahoo id to enable access. )
> (1) To access the Files Section of our Yahoo!Group for Report Builder and Crystal Reports and other 'goodies', please goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/files/.
> (2) To search through old msg's goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/messages
> (3) To view links to Vendors that provide Vantage services goto: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vantage/links
>
> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

--
Dina M. Hieber
Vamco International, Inc.
555 Epsilon Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 963-7100 - phone
(412) 963-9511 - fax

www.vamcointernational.com



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