Awesome Upgrades – Supercharge your Computer

Whether you’re inking in Manga Studio, or rendering in Poser, a good computer will make it all run smooth like butter. If you’re looking to upgrade, consider doing it a step at a time. Here are a couple ideas for the best upgrades for your system.


Video Card

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With 2012, Nvidia has introduced their ‘Kepler’ 28–nanometer technology. The GeForce GTX 680 is Nvidia’s flagship, and is getting great reviews. These cards will tear through all of your games and applications, but will use quite a bit of electricity, so make sure your power supply can handle it.  $500-600

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For those looking for value, the Nvidia Geforce 550ti is a great choice. Based on the ‘Fermi’ 40-nanometer silicon, these cards give you the greatest power/dollar available today. Though it’s not a GTX 680, it can still run nearly any game or program you throw at it. ~$125


Monitor

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Apple’s Thuderbolt Display is a visual marvel. At 2560-by-1440 resolution, images will appear vibrant and crisp. Though under the pixel count of Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, this monitor is our pick for an extreme desktop visual computing experience. Expect to dish out a cool grand though, as this cutting-edge tech, and the Apple logo, doesn’t come cheap. ~$1000

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If you want a rock-solid monitor, for a great price, look no further than the ASUS VH242H. At 1920-by-1080, you get full HD and a plethora of connections. It is one of the highest-rated monitor available, and rock-solid. ~$175


Processor

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Launched earlier this year, Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors introduce their first 22-nanometer chip technology. The Core i7 and Core i5 are great choices for a blazing fast machine. You’ll definitely want at least 4 gigs of RAM to keep this chip happy.  $200-400

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Processor underdog AMD has a unique set of value-minded offerings. With AMD’s A4 chip, you not only get a great CPU, but also a powerful graphics processor built right in. Graphic-intensive applications like Poser can run great without the need for a separate video card. $60-100


Though mobile options such as laptops and tablets are becoming increasingly popular, having a desktop computer that you can easily upgrade or add on to can be helpful especially for those who work at home. Avoid the sun this summer! Crank up the AC and enjoy your newly upgraded battle station!

This guide is just for fun and these products are not endorsed by Smith Micro.

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