What Design Setup are you Running?


Yesterday I had my yearly computer upgrade, it saw me buying some things that I needed and wanted. I have been waiting for the time to upgrade all year and it finally came around, I am stoked. Coming back to the actual topic here, “What Design Setup are you Running?” I would like you to voice your opinion and let us know what you are running, what specs your computer or Mac has and what you use most of the time to fulfill your working or gaming requirements. It isn’t such a hard thing to do, just drop us a comment with your different specs and see how you make other people envy your setup.

I am going to start off by telling you what my rig consists of and I will indicate what I purchased yesterday for my yearly upgrade.


  • Intel Quad Core 3.6Ghz CPU
  • NForce 4 L775 Motherboard
  • 8 GB DDR2 1066mhz Ram – 2GB NEW
  • NVIDEA Geforce GTS 295  – NEW (A Beast)
  • 500 + 500 + 320 GB Harddrives
  • X Power CPU Cooler – NEW
  • Gigabyte 720 watt Power Supply – NEW
  • X Force Case with 15 Drive Bays totally LED Lit up – NEW
  • Logitech Keyboard & MX518 1800dpi Mouse
  • Logitech G Headphones

This is my Computer setup that i am currently running.

Design Tools:

  • Adobe Creative Suite CS3
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Xara 3D and Xara Pro
  • Wacom Intuos 4 A4
  • Flat Bed 600DPI Scanner
  • Sketch Books, Pencils etc

That is basically what I use to create all my Digital Work, start off with planning and then scan it in to take it further. I don’t really have a amazing setup but, it works well for me. Its damn fast too.I have hopefully started this off for you, now its your time to shine and tell us what you are using everyday.

Get Set…..GO

Jacques is an Entrepreneur and Founder of the An1ken Group. He recently launched a daily vlog on Youtube — JacquesvhTV. He started Creativeoverflow in 2009 as a hub for creatives. Connect with him: Jacquesvh.com - @Jacquesvh - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

  1. Reply Tomas October 31, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Jacques you have a beast as you said. Here is my humble setup:
    Acer Aspire 5536 Laptop

    AMD® Athlon™ x2 Dual Core QL64 2.1 GHz
    ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD 4570
    4 GB DDR2-667
    320 GB HDD
    15,6″ TFT WXGA 1366×768


    • Reply An1ken October 31, 2009 at 5:08 PM

      That isn’t a bad setup at all for a laptop. You should invest in getting yourself a Standing Pc, works well for maintaining your workflow. Thanks for the comment buddy.

  2. Reply G470 October 31, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Ok, here is my setup :)
    it´s a bit smaller but I´m fine with it.

    MacBook Pro 17

    Intel Core 2 Duo

    2,33 GHz

    4 GB

    1000GB + 750GB + 500GB Harddrives (ext)
    Mighty Mouse

    Design Tools:

    Adobe CS4 Suit
    Maxon Cinema 4D
    Wacom CTE-630bt
    Sketch Books, Pencils etc


    • Reply An1ken October 31, 2009 at 5:17 PM

      Nice Setup never the less mate, Macbooks are really good and reliable laptops. Awesome setup

  3. Reply v-render October 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    you guys have great setups … but still mentioning my setup
    core 2 duo 2.33GHz
    3 GB ram
    A3 wacom intuos 3 tablet,
    19″ dell LCD and 17″ samsung display connected with nvidia geforce card with 256mb dedicated memory
    design tools
    adobe web premium cs4
    Open office
    google sketchup

    thats it ! n that works great for me !

    • Reply An1ken October 31, 2009 at 6:53 PM

      Thats awesome, I am thinking of upgrading to a bigger Wacom soon. Maybe a Cintique if I have the cash. ;)

  4. Reply Derek Land October 31, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    I love topics like this; It’s interesting to see what my colleagues use.
    MacBook Pro 17″ (matte)
    2.33Ghz / 2GB Ram /  160GB / Leopard
    Photoshop CS3 + Flash CS3 + InDesign CS3 + Illustrator CS3
    Coda + Transmit
    VMWare Fusion w/ Windows XP (w/ IE 5.5, 6.0, & 7.0, Safari 3 & 4, Firefox 3 and 3.5, and Opera) …I had Win7 but it crashed too much.
    Backup Disc: 250GB (more than enough for my projects)
    Assorted Apps that Make Life & Work Easier: DropBox, Pages, Shovebox, Adium & iShowU
    Not much, but cheaper than an iMac + MacBook Pro (15″), and very portable. It’s a complete mobile workstation that I can use wherever I want. :)

    • Reply An1ken October 31, 2009 at 6:55 PM

      Interesting setup, so do you prefer the Xp over windows 7? Or was it mainly because of the computer crashing that you switched back? Nice setup and thanks for the comment. I’ve subscribed to Pixellica hope to see some more posts from you. laters

  5. Reply xcessi October 31, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Dell 435
    320 + 320 HD
    Intel Core i7-920 processor
    ATI Radeon 1GIG 4870 GPU
    12 GIG RAM
    21″ CRT
    Adobe CS3
    3DSMAX 7

  6. Reply Piotr October 31, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    My setup that needs serious upgrade:
    MacBook Core 2 Duo 2 GHz   (early 2007)
    Intel GMA 950 (auch!)
    250 GB HDD internal + 250 GB FW400 external for TimeMachine + 500GB 2,5″ LaCie littleDisc
    2 GB Ram
    Samsun 971p external LCD (PVA, great one but currently to small :/)
    Wacom Graphire4 XL
    Epson V500 Photo scaner
    A4Tech X7 mouse (considered gaming) – absolutly best most accurate cheep mouse ever
    USB Keyboard 10$,
    CS4 Design Premium
    + 100 smal apps
    Thinking of  new iMac 27″ or good ‘selfmade’ tower PC with Win7 / Hackintosh.

  7. Reply Mustapha November 1, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    here is my setup :
    MacBook Core 2 Duo 2 GHz
    60 GB HDD ( :-( )
    2 GB RAM
    Monitor Dell 20”
    adaptator Mac/VGA
    tablet genius 4X5
    keyboard logitech
    mouse pleomax (samsung)
    scan canon
    Sketch Books,,,
    snow leopard
    adobe creative suite cs4
    maxon C4D
    pixelmator ( for arabic font )

  8. Reply Derek Land November 2, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    TBH I didn’t really notice that much of a difference in the nuts-and-bolts behaviour of Win7 over XP; But then again, I’m by no means a power user on Windows anyway so it’s not surprise I really didn’t notice any. The only major difference was the new taskbar, the behaviour of which I personally found a bit irritating.
    But mostly, you’re right; I got rid of it because I had too many problems.

  9. Reply Dark Rubes November 3, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    I am a newspaper page designer and graphic artist. However, I can’t afford the really nice stuff that would make stuff better. I make what I have work for me. This is how the other half lives.
    For work:
    Mac OS X 10.5.6 (Dual 2 GHz Power PC G5)
    1.5 GB DDR SDRAM
    Quark 7.5, Photoshop CS2, Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard, Firefox 3.5
    At home:
    HP Pavilion laptop, 140 GB; 300GB+250GB portable hard drives
    Vista Home Premium
    Microsoft Publisher 2007/Scribus (for video game newsletter design)
    Photoshop 7
    Sony Vegas Movie Studio (video editing)
    Sony Acid Music Studio (sound editing)
    Firefox 3.5
    Open Office
    Various apps for newsletter production
    I wish I could afford a copy of Quark, Dreamweaver and CS4. In April I will be upgrading my desktop (so ancient it doesn’t have Ethernet ports).

  10. Reply danny November 3, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Oh hai!
    24″ Imac (3.06 GHz Core 2 Extreme)
    4GB RAM
    nVidia GeForce 8800 GS
    640GB HDD+320GB HDD(external) 
    Wacom Bamboo(dying)
    Lumix LX3 still camera
    2005 G4 Powerbook that still runs great.
    FontexplorerX(old free version, can´t live without)
    Pens, pencils, brushes, scrap paper, 50’s magazines, sketchbooks

  11. Reply Luke November 10, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    My setup go’s a litlle something like this

    MacPro: stock setup
    2x 2Ghz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    unfortunately still running 2 Gig of ram
    160gb, 200gb and 1tb hard drives

    large but old Aiptek tablet
    logitech MX518 (still going strong)
    logitech X-230 2.1 speakers

    24″ Samsung 2443 LCD
    20″ Benq LCD

    Canon 400D

    CS3 Design premium
    but i mostly use Ps iL (would like to get more into iD and do more print work though)

    thats the main points anyway…


  12. Reply mark November 10, 2009 at 6:30 AM

    @An1ken – wow man, that’s totally a beast. You play games? Cuz if you do, i know that it will sky rocket.

    anyway, here is my setup:

    CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33Ghz
    RAM: 2.0 GB RAM
    Graphix: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT 512MB (lame)
    Motherboard : ASUStek Computer Inc. P5QPL-AM

    Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster P2050
    keyboard/mouse: logitech

    Im planning to upgrade my grphx card and motherboard for my gaming needs and of course, for design.

    an Nvidia GTX 295 maybe?

    • Reply Jacques van Heerden November 10, 2009 at 6:09 PM

      Hey bro, you don’t have a bad rig, boost the ram and the Graphics Card and your set. The GTX 295 is a nice card.

      This pc is all design purpose actually. I don’t play games anymore, haven’t played a game in 2 years, unless solitaire counts.

      Thanks for sharing your rig ;)


  13. Reply Flying 3D November 13, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    ‘A yearly upgrade’!!!! Dude – you must be RICH! In my dreams…

  14. Reply steamfrog November 23, 2009 at 2:39 AM

    Quad core 2.8
    8 gig Ram
    2 x 1gig HD 4870
    Wacom Tablet
    1 x 75 gig raptor
    3 x 500 gig HDD
    1x 350 external
    2x 22 inch Viewsonic Flat panel

  15. Reply Andy Feliciotti November 23, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Windows 7 Ultimate
    24” Monitor 1920×1200
    Quadcore 2.66 ghz
    4gb of Ram
    Nvidia 8800 gts OC’d
    1 300gb HDD
    1 500gb HDD
    1 750gb HDD (Full)
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