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Computer System Recommended Specifications forDesign Department Upgrade (Under GBP 3000) Power supply: EVGASuperNOVA 750 B1, 80+ Bronze for GBP 57.

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 Case: ThermaltakeVerasa N21 (Black Edition) for GBP 33.16 The case is designed in a trio –drive baysetup to improve spacing options for all required components and ventilation (atotal of three 120mm fans pre-installed). It comes with elevated foot stands and proprietary dust filter platethat ensure more airflow and fewer dustparticles sift through respectively. The case is made of durable materials and has a 3-year warranty.  Motherboard: GigabyteGA-Z97X-UD5H LGA1150 Z97 (With Killer E2200 and Intel Gaming Networking SATAExpress M.2 SSD ATX Motherboard) for GBP 146.63The custom motherboard comes with an IntelZ7Z Express chipset, supporting the latest graphics processors and futureproofing against obsolescence for at least thenext 4 years of active use and in synch with client-provided files or needs. Moreover, it supports:n  CPU supports Intel i7 n  Up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM (4 slots allocated for expansion) DIMMsocketsn  Up to 3 displays/screens for a more immersive and accurate displaysystem for future upgrades  n  LAN: Intel Gigabit Ethernet Connectors and Qualcomm’s latest AtherosKiller E2200 to connect the design department to the dedicated ISP providersfor fast and efficient client communication, files upload/download andtransfers.

n   Multiple slots for the latestgraphics cards, PCIe connections,external flash drives and peripherals. For example, the motherboard supports upto 7 PCI Express expansion and 8 USB 3.0/2.0 slots. n  Supports data transfer speeds of up to 6Gb/s for seamless largefile/raw data transfers       Central Processing Unit (CPU): Inteli7 7700k 4.O GHz Unlocked Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor (Socket LGA 1150(BX80662176700K)) for GBP 245.

87 The 7th generation Central ProcessingUnit (CPU) not only works well with the Gigabyte motherboard recommended abovebut also works best for professional-level work—heavy duty, resource hogginggraphics design software such as Adobe CC suite (which includes Photoshop andIllustrator). In case of a future upgrade from DDR3 to DDR4 RAM, Skylake canhandle the next generation RAM seamlessly. Memory: CorsairVengeance PRO  16GB (2X8GB) 1866MHz(PC3-14900) C10 for GBP 117.87A 16GB memory is recommendable for thepurposes of running several comprehensive design software programs, the browserand networking programs in tandem.

that are likely to slow work down in thecase of less than 8GB memory. Corsair’s memory is also cost-effective interms of performance, durability, andwarranty compared to the alternatives. The memory option is optimized foroptimal performance with the latest 3rd and 4thgeneration Intel Core platforms. Dedicated Graphics Card: EVGAGeForce GTX 970 4GB SC Gaming ACX 2.0 for GBP 223.

98While the Gigabyte motherboard recommendedherein ships equipped with onboard graphics (4K resolution ready when used withan HDMI cable), varying customer needs inthe near future might cause a need for a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).Furthermore, the need for a dedicated GPU in case the department chooses to switchfrom Adobe’s CC suite and choose others such as PremierePro. The EVGA option recommended here ships withspecifications fit for professional-grade graphics work for designing imagesfrom scratch and medium to high-resolution photos.    Drives:Operating System (OS) & Application Drive: 1X Samsung 850 EVO SSD 250GB (2.5-inch SATA III Internal) for GBP66.30                Export Drive: 1X Samsung 850 EVO SSD500GB (2.5-inch SATA III Internal) for 113.46Data/Media Files Storage: 1XWestern Digital Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache (WD 10EZEX) for GBP36.

09Soft Media Backup Storage:1X Seagate SATA 6Gb/s 4TB 5900 RPM 64 MB Cache (ST4000DM000) for GBP 77.36 When used for installing the OS and designsoftware, Solid State Drives (SSDs) boost performance and especially so forboot times, app opening times, and overall speed while working withmedium-to-heavy raw files from clients. But, SSDs are more expensive than HardDisk Drives (HDD). However, since media/file storage and backup data does notneed high transfer and retrieval speeds as such, it is recommendable to use HDDfor the latter purposes.Note backup storage should be about 2-3times more than internal storage for longer, safer and cost-effective use. The above-recommended drives encompass the latestin physical storage technology and cost-effective soft storage solutions. Thatwould ensure reliable and futureproof drives support for at least the next 5years. Also works with the above-recommendedGigabyte motherboard for optimal performance overall.

Media player/Optical Drive: Asus24X (DRW-24B1ST) SATA Internal Optical drive for GBP 15.47The Asus 24X tops other optical drives interms of speed, durability, andcost-effectiveness overall. The DVD-Writer combo is handy for a client who prefersto send in files via DVD—and even Blu-Ray disks.

The design team can also optfor them when there is need to burn DVD format files for such clients or foralternative storage of specific files. Monitor: DellU2718Q, 27-inch LED-Lit (3840 X 2160 4K) Screen for GBP 404.72 The Ultra HD screen is ideal for bothmedium and high-resolution projects both in the short-term and long-term, whichequals to value-gained in terms of clientsatisfaction, futureproofing and durability.

The monitor supports non-flicktechnology and is also safe for the eyes of the team—who sit behind the screenfor extended periods of time perfecting their creative produce.The monitor hosts 7 connection ports tohelp improve productivity from using multiple gadgets—as well providingflexible and compatible docking options for different devices (possiblyprovided by clients or shot by the in-house design team).The monitor supports HDR mode in case,which would work well with the Asus 24X Optical Drive’s support for Blu-Raydisks.Peripherals:                HDMI/DisplayPort Cable: Cable Matters,6-feet and 4K resolution-ready for GBP 7.

38The combinationof EVGA GeForce GPU, 4K resolution-ready Dell monitor and powerful processingand graphics chipsets onboard the motherboard need a supportive display cableto render graphics and images at the best possible clarity.                  Keyboard and Mouse: VicTsing Ultra-Thin Wireless Combo for GBP 22.12The VicTsingcombo brings the latest wireless and ergonomic design in keyboard and mousetechnology. The mouse supports clocks at 2.4 GHz, making connections fast andsmooth compared to the alternatives.  Thechicklet design deployed for the keyboard cuts finger-travel spaces to boostproductivity, and overall, the setup reasonably futureproof for at least threeyears.                   Airflow Fans: Corsair Air Series AF120 twin pack for GBP 15.

40When used totypical capacity, the Corsair fans would come in handy to cool the above-recommended components, which are boundto produce lots of heat. The pack is durable, affordable and easy to fix andremove in future too.                   Wireless Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I Wi-Fi/Bluetooth for GBP 36.92 The latest incomputer system wireless solutions technology, and which is compatible withGigabyte’s wireless connectivity support. Recommended Software for the System: Operation System: Windows10 (64-bit) or/and Mac OS 10.11 (or later). While the creatives industry hasprioritized Macintosh computers, both Mac and Windows-basedPCs are equally capable of running the design team’s goals.Application Software: AdobeCC Suite (Includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects for Motiongraphics).

Adobe CC is a professional-grade programmeant for use by beginners, intermediate and expert graphic artists andprojects, is easy to understand and use, as well as widely popular for clientsand developers.  Appropriate Utility Software: Microsoft Office 2016 (or later)Supports mostoffice setup needs, including design staff’s costing and budgeting, andclient-profiling work in an organized manner. We note a majority of clients andall four team members find using MS Office 2016 to be more familiar, lesscomplicated and easier to keep track of than with other utility programs suchas Libra and Open Office.    Approaches Used and How the ProcessWorked  Optimal Performance SpecificationsThe recommended components herein werereached after analyzing and comparing alternative components for each componentselected. The criterion was based on the type of design software used (in thiscase, the primary software program Adobe CC which is a resource-intensive program), file types clients bring in (with futureanticipation of raw, graphics-heavy workloads that weigh heavily on theprocessing and rendering power of thedesign systems).

Cost-EfficiencyCost-efficiency was measured by comparingthe quality, suitability, and reliabilityof evaluated components against actual buying price. Key to determiningcost-efficiency and returns of a component was its futureproof ability, wherethe team can use the components at optimal conditions and performance overyears without there being a significant need to upgrade to newer systems—whichwould cost extra money in further upgrade money.  DurabilitySince many of the components chosen hereinare significantly new to the market, a search for information on the reputationof the components’ manufacturers through reviews and recommendations wasrigorously made. An analysis was alsomade of individual product warranties. That way, even in the case a component failsor does not live up to advertised performance, the department can recoup theinvestment from the seller or receive replacements at no extra cost.Compatibility and ScalabilityThe components recommended herein,especially Gigabyte’s motherboard, come with multiple slots, ports andcompatibility options to allow for future system upgrades or extensions as thedesign team see fit with their work. That way, as technology changes or client needs, diversify, the design department canchange various components without having to re-install the entire system—atime-consuming, cumbersome and risky process (since important client data canget lost during data transfers in readiness for an upgrade).

Not to mention lostincome in business hours. The case is also ergonomically designed toallow for multiple connections, ample ventilation, and safe-keeping of the entireset of components. Successes1.      Compatibility in the face ofcustomization: Sourced and procured components produced optimal-performancecompared to higher-priced, ready-to-buy systems of similar specifications.  2.      Successfully sourced andassembled a high-end system for well under the forwarded budget of GBP 3,000—usedGBP 1605 (not including software purchases which vary at different times).3.

      All components come with awarranty, and spare parts are available and easy to buy, affordable and fast toarrive in case of an emergency.    Recommendations: In future:1.      If the number of clients using MacOS is almost the same as the number of clients using Windows OS, then thedepartment should install VMware or Parallel System to run both operating systemsin tandem. Otherwise, some Macintosh computers also run Windows OS.2.      Considerations shall be made toset up cloud computing solutions, including online client data backup3.

      The graphics world will soonwelcome 5K resolution images and motion graphics. To keep up with ever-higherclient satisfaction levels, the company would want to consider graduallypreparing for the change in terms of finances and skills required to meet thehigher demand. Hence budget might run above GBP 3,000.