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What is the Best Computer For Programming OR Designing?

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As a painter knows his canvas and brushes and a Mason know your spatula and tools, all the IT professional needs to know your computer, and that includes the designer. Every professional need to know your tool. In this article we’ll discuss in detail about the Best Computer For Programming OR Designing.

Many times, I asked some designers friends what was the configuration of the machine on which they worked. Some would answer “Windows 7,” the other would answer, “Oh it is a Mac.” However, in reality, what I wanted to know was how much RAM, the HD, which the processor, video card and, to my surprise, always faced me with a “what?”, “How?” ” I am a designer. It has nothing to do I know that. ” That is disappointing.

Sometimes you need to create a large format or edit videos, maybe some 3D, then you need a computer that can support their needs. However, how to know if you need is more RAM or more processing? Alternatively, if in fact you simply had it all right, but did not know existed Operating Systems 64-bit? By the way, I did not even know what it was 64 bits?

There are many designers that fill a site of complex structures and only layers of PNG, or gigantic canvas maneuvers, to be able to mount something dressy. The designer needs to worry about the technology that your user is using and what the average configuration of the device, according to the proposal of application, site or artifact. This is another reason to understand how computers and mobile devices.
Should I buy a laptop or Computer For Programming OR Designing
Laptops are portable computers, known in Brazil as notebooks. Already desktops are desktops. The first mover advantage is mobility. However, this mobility has a higher cost, which may be reflected both in price and in performance. Whatever you need to buy, look out the questions below so you can better choose your machine. Therefore, we will list for more common components.

Processors
The processor, or CPU (Central Processing Unit), is the element that generates more questions about performance. For those who work with video or sound editing, the processor is critical to ensure a faster rendering and those who work with static images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator, it will speed up the time of adding effects and filters. For those who work with web and Programming, the processor performance is more important for virtualization, whether for mobile or virtual machine devices.

There are two companies when it comes to processors: Intel and AMD. Thus, it is attention to some features that can fool the most inattentive consumer: Brands i3, i5 and i7 are purely commercial nomenclatures. The vast majority of laptops i7, for example, are U-line, corresponding to a lower energy cost, but with lower performance. The line XXX U i7, Intel, for example, presents a lower clock rate and fewer cores, being compared to an i3 for desktops. So before you think of trade names, you must be aware of some features, such as:

Clock → Say the processor speed. It is determined from frequency metric. A minimum processor, who works with graphics programs, is 2.6GHz. This clock must be more powerful if the goal is to work with video rendering and 3D, which is advised at least 3.2GHz. The trend is that the more GHz, the faster the rendering.

Core (Core) → This is a controversial subject. The need for a larger or smaller number of cores depends on the availability of the application or not to use these cores. A larger number of cores means that the processing is divided and executed concurrently among them, increasing, therefore, the performance. The cores can be physical or virtual (usually represented as a number of threads). The difference is that the physical core has two cores, while the virtual emulates core within the CPU, to divide the tasks. The physical cores have superior performance, but even processors with 4 or more cores, tend to have virtual cores to somatize performance. Many cores are recommended for anyone working with 3D enough or need to work with virtual machines.

→ Cache Cache memory is the size of the information that the processor can process at a time. The more cache memory, more tasks the processor can perform in a short time and consequently better performance. Many consider the most important cache of the Clock. Importantly, the amount of memory varies from core to core. Thus follows the same logic clock, the more you have, the better will be your performance for rendering. However, attention, Intel shows the cache per core, while AMD has the habit of showing SOMA cache. So stay tuned and always watch, the settings, the cache per core. From 4MB of L3 cache, it is interesting for those who work with print, web, and applications. For those who work extensively with video and 3D, 8MB or more of L3 cache is recommended.

RAM memory
Until the early 2000s, a lot of RAM was synonymous with high performance. This is because of the RAM, or Random Access Memory, is responsible for keeping the information being performed at that time. In short, the more RAM, more open programs and heavier can be open simultaneously. The fact is that today, more applications are optimized to consume less memory. However, for those working with very heavy projects such as magazines, books, and large formats, a reasonable amount of RAM is very important. For those who work with the web, not so much. As for virtualization, RAM is very important to divide between virtual machines. 8GB is the minimum for those who work with magazines and books. For those who work with the web, 6GB is sufficient. Virtualization and video from 16GB.

Video card
Not every computer has a video card, but all of it has a chipset or a video processor. Today, there are two alternatives on the market: APU and GPU.

The APU is a type of video processing that is shared with the processor. Virtually all processors today have a built-in video processing. However, this embedded video does not have as much performance as a dedicated video processor and also need to use part of the RAM.

Already the GPU is a dedicated video processor. The main manufacturers are Nvidia and AMD / Radeon. By owning its video processing and dedicated memory, it has a much better performance. So they are more expensive and also require more energy and heat up more, which might be something that weighs on the opinion of someone who wants to buy a computer, as a fan (fan) can make much noise at the time that requires high processaemnto.

Who works only in print, publications, and institutional elements, or web programming and does not have the need for a GPU. An APU to meet smoothly. However, to use more advanced features of Photoshop, such as 3D, a single GPU, dedicated, will be enough. Now, if the intention is to work with 3D or video, then a GPU more Blocky is required. Remember that it is important to see if the software you use, video editing, plus uses the GPU or the CPU for rendering. This last detail can be critical to an ideal choice.

Despite what may seem, the GPU dedicated memory is not the most important point about quality. Also, the issue of cores is not that important since graphics processors have a ridiculous amount of cores compared to CPUs. The GPU architecture as your clock and your amount of memory are fundamental to analyze. For example, the GPU Geforce 930m (for laptops), nVidia, is sufficient for those who want to work with print, web and sporadic videos. Already the GTX 780, also from nVidia, though older, is better, but only for desktops. In the case of Nvidia, which differs quality is more related to their last two digits, the first of which specifies how recent the architecture.

People working in 3D more assiduously, and that use the GPU to render videos need more powerful GPUs. Some may merge multiple GPUs on a single, adding processing (but a not dedicated memory) and allowing the faster rendering.

Ubuntu users, beware when buying a Radeon video card. Many will no longer receive updates to the operating system, becoming unusable OpenGL on the latest distributions. Stay tuned to the model is acquired.

Displays and Monitors
A subject truly delicate, but simple. Designers always need quality resolution and brightness, and color fidelity. The focus is always on the list of refresh rate x inches x resolution x technology. The ideal is still an IPS or OLED screen. The FULLHD resolution should be used at most a 21.5-inch monitor, not to be uncomfortable the pixel density. We recommend a higher resolution also to maintain a good area of ​​use for the tools. Anything greater than 21.5 inches must be 2K or 4K to maintain a good image quality. In what concerns the frequency, virtually all monitors today have a good frequency, but for those working with video, you can try to get a monitor in the range of 100Hz. However, beware, totally escape the TFTs screens.

HDD e SSD
Storage space is never too much, but sometimes speed is needed. Electromechanical drives (HDD) have the advantage of being cheaper and thanks to SMART technology, know when will give problems and the user can take a pension as a backup. Furthermore, because it is cheaper, the amount of space available is much greater at a lower price. The problem is that because they are mechanical are slower. The faster that you can find in the market is to 7200RPM.

However, the SSD is extra amen te fast, has no mechanical components, the opening time of a file or program is up to 90% faster than HDD. However, in the case of burning or have a serious problem, they will simply stop working. There is no practical way to diagnose the SSD will give problems. The cost is also very high. SSDs can reach prices even more expensive than a 10x HD same amount of memory. It is worth noting that the SSD speed varies between brands and models, but it is always faster than standard HDDs.

Peripherals
Mice and keyboards are little discussed in detail, but they are important. For starters, who works a lot with programming, or type a lot, you may prefer a mechanical keyboard. However, mechanical keyboards are much more expensive than the conventional and make more noise in a match against have much more rapid and efficient response, the press is more reliable. In what concerns the mice and touchpads, this is really a matter of adaptation; you need to try what is the most ideal for your hand. Look mice with higher IPRs, as they have greater accuracy. Regarding the Pen Tablets (misnamed Digitizer table), very few people need them and will use.

Most people who have them, buy a matter of status or a wrong idea of ​​the update. The use of PenTablets is higher for people who work with raster illustration or who need to retouch images frequently.
Configuration Tips for Desktops

Finally, Desktop or Laptop
Laptops tend to be more expensive and have a lower performance to the equivalent prices of desktops. Moreover, you are at the quarter of the options available in the market will not have the freedom to build a machine that judge ideal. However, laptops have the advantage of mobility and occupy less physical space; you can work anywhere and move to different offices. Many people prefer to use laptops with separate displays when workstations. When buying a laptop should be very attentive to the processor and GPU, which most often have low quality to lower the costs and improve battery performance. If you buy a laptop, opt first for purchasing the official shops, physical or online, except specific promotions, the store brand is usually cheaper and have better conditions.

Desktops have the advantage of being flexible, cheaper and have better performance. However, it requires a lot of space and you no good mobility. They consume more power and a little more experience is needed to assemble an outfit that pleases. In most cases, you can still make updates, increasing the useful life of the computer, adding to the time a video card better or more RAM, replace the processor or add peripherals. All according to the needs that arise. The ideal is to buy the parts and assemble, as most companies that deliver PC ready tend to choose lower-quality components to reduce costs.

Note: The moment you receive your computer, be it a laptop, desktop or even mounted for you, make all possible tests. Processing, GPU, APU, etc. Use third-party benchmark tools for this. Do not use the company’s tools of computer brand you purchased. Often, they do not do the necessary tests to investigate all hardware elements.

Knowing your machine is more than a luxury, it is a must. Understand what the new technology that will enter the market and adapt to them, it is important to stay in a fully competitive market. I’m not talking to understand what is a transistor, or take a course of assembly and maintenance in a “cram school” out there, but rather to figure out why you buy a 4-core processor, understand the difference between a GTX 930 to a GTX 970, why you’re buying 16GB of RAM and not only 8GB. So that you will how to get the most out of your computer and do not make it just a white elephant.

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