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Post Mon May 20, 2019 1:29 pm

New PC for running Flexi design 12 recommendations?

Hi all I use Flexi sign on my Acer PC and this runs both my graphtec plotter and my VP300 printer. All the design work is done on a very very old HP PC with Flexi Design 12 which is getting more and more unreliable by the day. Ive been putting off getting a new PC for last two years but think the time has now come. Im looking at a DELL XPS8930 If anyone else has a similar set up what are you using? Im hoping this will be the last PC i buy before i retire.
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Post Mon May 20, 2019 3:00 pm

Re: New PC for running Flexi design 12 recommendations?

Don't go a for a big name brand machine - try something like this: https://www.novatech.co.uk/pc/?f=5,16,17,36,

i5 processor will be enough
SSD for operating system (keep it for operating system and Flexi ONLY! will work out sooooo much quicker than standard Sata drives)
If you store files local, a second SSD drive or Sata drive if price is an issue
8gb ram minimum, 16gb will make a difference
Graphics card - unsure if it will make much of a difference with Flexi (not sure if it takes advantage of a GPU, Adobe suite does, so we use powerful GPU's)

This is our minimum PC standard here, depending on it job some have more RAM / better processor / hi spec workstation graphic cards / Geforce 'gaming' graphic card to take advantage of the GPU with Adobe suite
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 9:08 am

Re: New PC for running Flexi design 12 recommendations?

I agree with Colin, stay away from big names.
I have this set-up and is super fast running Flexisign although I run Flexi on an iMac too.

Novatech NTI281 Workstation - Intel I7 7700 Processor- 240GB SSD- 3TB SATA Drive - 16GB 2133Mhz DDR4 Memory - H110M Chipset- NVIDIA Quadro K620 Graphics - Windows 10
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 9:24 am

Re: New PC for running Flexi design 12 recommendations?

Hi Colin and Neil, Colin of the two available on your link the Novatec life NT1339 and the Novatec Pro NT1317 which do you rate? I no nothing on specs so its all above my head. I do know i need a graphics card and not sure if either of these has this installed? Neil thanks for your reply, i did look up your PC but it is no longer in production.
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 9:58 am

Re: New PC for running Flexi design 12 recommendations?

Prefer the NT1339 as it has a second drive (2TB sata) to store files locally if you don't save to a server.
Motherboard has 'onboard' graphics I quickly checked Flexi, and it doesn't state if it benefits from a separate GPU, so unsure if it would offer any extra benefits.
Flexi write up says 4GB ram min, 16GB recommended, so this machine with 8GB is above min spec, if you wanted you could up the RAM to 16GB for top speeeeeeeeeed.

I like Novatech, buy a few bits from them, good pricing and good service compared to the likes of Dell / Currys etc!

They will always build a machine to you requirements too.
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 10:09 am

Re: New PC for running Flexi design 12 recommendations?

I store everything in dropbox and my PC at the moment has 6gb of RAM so 8gb is still an improvement. Im not sure doubling the RAM and therefore doubling the price is worth it. I dont use the PC for printing or cutting it is just a stand alone designing station. I had hoped to get by with what i had but i know its just going to die on me one morning and then ill be :yikes:
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 10:21 am

Re: New PC for running Flexi design 12 recommendations?

Then look at the NT1317 if you just use Flexi 12 on it for designwork - BUT change the SSD drive from 240GB to 480GB (adds £18.76 so doesn't break the bank lol!) - I'm not a flexi user, I'm guessing you don't wort with huge graphic files?

We use Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop / Indesign so have slightly higher spec kit in regards to RAM and dedicated graphics cards, as hardware acceleration is supported by Adobe.
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 10:36 am

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Jean Oakley wrote:I store everything in dropbox and my PC at the moment has 6gb of RAM so 8gb is still an improvement. Im not sure doubling the RAM and therefore doubling the price is worth it. I dont use the PC for printing or cutting it is just a stand alone designing station. I had hoped to get by with what i had but i know its just going to die on me one morning and then ill be :yikes:


Adding an extra 8gb RAM shouldn't be overly expensive, nowhere near doubling the price. At a guess, I'd say £20.00-£40.00
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 11:28 am

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Hi Jamie, i was just going on the link prices, they literally doubled. That said if i can get 16gb for that price its obviously worth doing.
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 12:38 pm

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Ram is expensive at the moment..

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