Guide to Getting a PC Ideal for a Digital Artist
If you do a lot of digital art and are looking to buy or rent a computer for that special project, you should keep some tips in mind before you do so. First, you would need to ask yourself questions on what kind of art you do a lot; is it comics, digital paintings or 3D? Also, if you do animation you may need a laptop or PC with greater capabilities. If you need to carry your computer around to Atlanta, the requirements may be different. What you rent or lease depends on what you do.
- RAM: Random access memory stores temporary data and how much of it you have decides how much art you can have on your screen. Running out of RAM slows down your computer. If you do some not so heavy graphics, you may be able to make do with 4GB RAM. If you do a decent amount of graphics-related work, it could be 8 GB. Investing in a good amount of RAM makes it easy for you to work on graphics.
- Processor: You should have a dual core processor at the least if you want to work with a certain amount of comfort. If you do a lot of 3D rendering, you could get a better processor.
- Hard drives: How much hard drive space you require is dependent on the work you do. If you have a line-up of heavy duty Photoshop work, you should invest in a 1 TB hard drive. You can also opt for external hard drives, or an SSD internal one. Saving files on the cloud will save a lot of space on the computer or laptop. Hard drive speed also plays an important role, and the one you choose should have a minimum of 7200 RPM. SSD hard drives are way quicker so if you can afford to, invest in SSD.
- Monitor: The monitor is an important aspect for any digital artist, so get yourself an LCD one with excellent resolution. You should opt for a minimum of 1600 px wide screen so you have enough work space to have your controls and palettes. There are many types of LCD, but if you are artist, you may want to pay attention to color perfection, which is your screen and colour print-outs need to match. If you are not to going to take out too many prints, you could ignore this aspect and look for resolution only.
- Battery life: Always check for battery specifications before you get yourself a PC/laptop meant to work on art. All research on other aspects goes to a waste if your battery doesn’t have a long life, so make sure to choose one that sustains through all the heavy art work you are going to do (at least seven-nine hours of life).