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    I want a small dedicated box to drive ArtRage

    Hi Guys,

    Having bought a Wacom Cintiq as an aid to recovery after some bad times healthwise, I have a problem.

    I want to sit in another room in a comfortable armchair, not next to the desk top. The cable is only 2 yards long.

    What I think I want is one of those little standalone cubes with just a power supply, small format MB and a video card.

    ArtRage needs a fast machine to work well.

    Where do I go for speed?

    The main cpu chip, vid card, lots of memory?

    Its only task will be running ArtRage.

    If anyone has a better idea, then I am open to any suggestions.


    Phil

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    https://www.landmarq.me.uk/productca...idProduct=1318
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    Hi Phil!

    Sorry to hear you've been unwell. I'd tend to recommend processor first, followed by RAM for ArtRage. I hope you enjoy the Cintiq!
    Dave
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    Hi Dave,

    Many thanks. I knew there must be a preference list.
    I'll get it ordered.


    Phil
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    Dear Aged P,

    Have you considered this:

    http://www.apple.com/macmini/features.html

    It comes with the mini DVI to DVI adapter for use with your Cintiq.

    Don't know how the prices compare to the one in your link, though.
    Hin

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    Hi Hinket,

    That is really cool!

    Available in the Uk too.

    It's changed my thinking a lot, I'll have to play around with the two machines looking at similar specs and see how the money goes.

    Many thanks!

    Phil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aged P View Post
    Available in the Uk too.

    It's changed my thinking a lot, I'll have to play around with the two machines looking at similar specs and see how the money goes.

    Phil, there are some PC cases that would seem to fill your needs. The generic class of computers is called Small Form Factor computers. The most well known company tht makes them is Shuttle:
    http://uk.shuttle.com/

    They make full systems as well as barebones units that let you use some of your existing parts like hard drive,etc...good luck in your search.

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    Hi Doug,

    I didn't know they sold direct that will make it easier to ask them questions.

    Thanks.

    I will go and explore their site.

    Phil

    Just re-read your posting! I hadn't thought of using existing parts, I've got about 6 surplus hdd laying around.
    Last edited by Aged P; 05-12-2009 at 06:50 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aged P View Post
    Hi Doug,

    I didn't know they sold direct that will make it easier to ask them questions.

    Thanks.

    I will go and explore their site.

    Phil
    I've been noticing the Shuttle computers myself the last few months. They make some nice dedicated 'appliance' type computers for decent prices. Let us know what you get, Shuttle or otherwise!

    Cheers

    Doug

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    The deed is done!

    Finally made my mind up and placed the order.
    I'll let you know how it all works out.

    Phil



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    +2048Mb (1 x 2048MB) DDR 2 667Mhz Memory ( + 12.00 GBP inc. VAT)
    +Pioneer 216D 20X DVDRW black ( + 5.00 GBP inc. VAT)
    +Microsoft Windows XP Home OEM ( 89.00 GBP inc. VAT)
    +Accuratus TOUGHBALL - 2.4GHZ Wireless Keyboard with Optical trackball ( 59.00 GBP inc. VAT)
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    Phil, congratulations on your new Cintiq and now ordering a new computer!

    I am praying for you that you are feeling better soon!!!

    Hugs, Rose

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