Oct 18, 2008
I was asked to build a PC for a graphic artist. He uses wants to use the computer for photo manipulation and hand drawn artwork. He uses primarily Adobe applications. He wants to know about drawing pads for drawing into paint applications. The price range is around $2400.
I'm not familiar with the drawing pads, but I'm sure someone that is will post on here with a decent recommendation. Or maybe a graphics site/forums might be a good place to ask. <=== here is a list of some...but again I don't know what would be good, and what wouldn't. $129.99
Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $89.99 ($69.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $189.99 ($169.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $279.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $119.99
PNY VCQFX370-PCIE-PB Quadro FX370 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Workstation Video Card - Retail $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $119.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $23.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $379.99 ($349.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)
SAMSUNG TOC T240 Rose Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 20000:1(1000:1) - Retail

Total: $1,529.90 *(before shipping and rebates)
Thats a nice build with the right blend of components Why_me .

I'd add would be a second hard drive to run in RAID 1 so there's a permanent real time back up

Since color accuracy is so important to graphic artists who need to be able to match monitor and printed material as closely as possible the monitor should be a Dell UltraSharp™ 2408WFP 24

or something from Eizo
who are the best , and charge accordingly


Dec 24, 2008
If you can afford to put more into the GPU then you should, the Quadro FX 370 is a fairly basic GPU and getting a more advanced GPU will improve productivity:
Now it is possible to buy a gaming GPU and softmod it into being a Workstation card, since both workstation and gaming cards use the exact same hardware...and if this is successful you get a $3k card equivalent for $300. Doing this doesn't always match the performance of the Quadro card equivalent, but it makes it much better for those apps.

An older guide...

Newer guide...
^ +1 to xthekidx

Of course some professional apps to run better on quadro cards due to optimized drivers than their desktop equivalents. For that price though it's best to get an 8800GT/9800GT and follow the online guides to softmod it to a quadro card when needed.


Mar 19, 2009
Sounds to me that your graphic artist is new at this and I suspect him to still be in school. If thats the case, I wouldnt spend too much money now since your first job will usually provide you with a decent computer. Buying a $4000 computer and not utilizing its full potential because your still a beginner doesnt make much sense, expecially after 4 years when your finished with schooling, your find your computer is fairly dated. Either utilize your schools computer labs or buy a computer with lots of ram and a dedicated video card(1000-1500). As I said, school will focus on the fundamentals. If he is doing lots of photos, get a wacom. But for hand drawn pictures, you'll find many pros still use the good ole pencil and paper. You'll find that a digitizer will take some time getting used to, although Ive heared the cintiq getting very good reviews from collegues.

One post noted color matching. The company usually calibrates your monitors/printers and other output devices with higher end calorimeters or spectrometers. Or you can purchase your own if your an independant, I use coloreyes. but there are a number of others out there like colorvision, eyeone, calman. They are affordable and easy to use.