Computer System Design – Photography PC Example

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Client Brief Explained

The client is an event photographer who uses their camera to produce high-quality photos and videos that are later loaded onto a PC running Windows XP and edited using Microsoft Paint. Once edited the pictures are printed onto high-quality 600dpi colour proofs. The client currently uses an HP Pavilion with 2GB RAM and 80GB of internal storage and requires access to the Internet and email. The client backs up their photos and videos to CD as their current internal drive is short of available storage space. They want to keep all photos and videos from the past 6 months on the computers internal drive before archiving to a separate storage medium. The client isn’t sure whether to choose a desktop system or laptop and so forth is looking for guidance and assistance. They have a maximum budget of £4,500 for the PC and any software and a budget of £4,000 for any additional hardware peripherals.

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System Specification

Hardware – £383.94

  • ZALMAN Z3 Plus Midi-Tower ATX/Micro ATX Case  [£30.64]
  • MSI A88XM-E35 AMD FM2+ Micro ATX Motherboard  [£39.46]
  • AMD Quad-Core A10-7850K Black Edition APU, 4.0GHz  [£115.82]
  • 8GB DDR3 1866MHz Memory (2x4GB) Kit  [£69.99]
  • 2GB AMD Radeon R7 240 – DVI-D/HDMI  [£51.86]
  • 500W FSP Quiet Power Supply [£12.99]
  • AMD Standard CPU Cooler [With Processor]
  • 500GB SATA III, 16MB Cache Hard Drive [£40.00]
  • 24x DVD Writer (read/write CD & DVD) [£10.20]
  • Integrated 7.1 High Definition 8-channel Audio [Integrated On Motherboard]
  • Wireless USB 802.11n Up to 300Mbps PCI Card [£12.98]

Software – £367.44

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 bit [£108.48]
  • Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 [£64.99]
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 [£109.99]
  • AVG AntiVirus 2015 [£19.99]
  • SONY Movie Studio 13 Platinum [£63.99]
  • Chrome Internet Browser [Free]

Peripherals – £533.66

  • PNY USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader [£14.99]
  • 2 x 24″ Iiyama ProLite High Spec Full HD LED Monitor -HDMI/DVI-D + Speakers [£111.99 each]
  • Logitech K120 Wired Keyboard [£9.99]
  • Microsoft 4500 Bluetrack USB Wired Mouse [£12.99]
  • Canon PIXMA All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer [£59.99]
  • WD 6TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive [£211.72]

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