The ideal workstation PC for any creative design or photo editing work, for example Photoshop, Lightroom, Indesign, Illustrator. Aimed at the serious PC professional or home user.
- The ideal workstation for any creative design/art or photo editing work
- Can be configured fanned or fanless for silent operation
- Graphics hardware acceleration optional
- Suitable for the home user or PC professional
- Clean Build™ Promise and original OS+drivers supplied on DVDs
- Two year warranty with open-case policy
The Pixelstation offers a quieter way to edit and process your photographs, graphic designs or artwork using your favourite applications unleashing new levels of creativity and removing bottlenecks typically associated with less well specified computer hardware platforms.
With a choice of components as well as the option to go fully fanless if required, the Pixelstation is the ideal system for home enthusiasts or professionals working in the photographic or graphic/art design industries.
For the Home User
Home users or enthusiasts can simply build on the base configuration, adding higher capacity SSD drives and a graphics card if required. Not everyone will need a graphics card as the processor's own on-board graphics will be fine for most users and it supports up to three monitors running from the motherboard one of which (via HDMI) will work at a resolution of 4096 x 2160. If more graphics power is required, there are fanless cards on offer which would be perfect for most home users.
For the Serious or Professional User
With the addition of a discrete graphics card, the maximum supported number of monitors and/or resolutions will be increased. Photo editing programs usually take up a lot, if not all of the space on your Windows desktop so it is usually a good idea to use a large display like the Dell 29" Ultra Widescreen Monitor or even the ASUS PG348Q 34in 100Hz 3440x1440 Curved IPS Monitor" IPS Monitor to expand your desktop. The more space you have available on your Windows desktop the easier it will be to work with your editing software.
Also offered for the serious user is the PNY NVIDIA NVS 510 Quad DisplayPort UHD 4K Graphics Card. This is aimed at professionals who create digital content and require or prefer the hardware acceleration that these cards provide in some applications. NVIDIA GPUs take full advantage of the new Mercury Graphics Engine in Photoshop to deliver unprecedented speed and responsiveness for a fluid feel as you work. While they unleash powerful capabilities for editing, compositing, and transforming images and designs, these cards do make a small amount of noise. But for some people, the speed benefits outweigh the noise that they make.
Should I go Fanless?
This depends on your personal preference as not everyone will need an entirely fanless system but if you prefer absolute silence then this is certainly an option and can easily be achieved with the correct choice of components. A fanless system will work just as well as a fanned system but will usually run a little warmer so we will remove the vent covers on the top of the case to accommodate this.
The system can accommodate three different storage types. The first and fastest option are the M.2 drives. These drives offer speeds around 4-5 times that of the SSDs we offer. We recommend selecting one of these drives as the boot drive. Other options include SSD drives up to a capacity of 4TB which will be large enough for most users. But if the speed of an SSD is not required please consider a conventional HDD to backup or store your work.
Many applications work better if they have a 'scratch disk' which they can use as a temporary workspace, (Photoshop being a good example of this). Of course adding any component with moving parts will make some noise but it is possible to house any of the 3.5" drives on offer in a soundproofing enclosure like the Smart Drive Classic SATA HDD Silencer and this will minimise the noise from the drive, helping to ensure a quieter system.
High Speed USB 3 Card Reader
If you are importing video or audio clips from a portable microphone or camera then we would highly recommend using a card reader to make that process as simple as possible.The ICY BOX IB 865 card reader is a compact multi-format card reader which can be installed into a 3.5" drive bay and supports many different types of card including various Compact Flash (CS) and the more common Secure Digital (SD) cards.
Users with more advanced storage needs may be interested in having two drives in a RAID array in order to increase data read/write speeds or to provide a higher level of resilience against drive failure. The two types of RAID offered on this system are RAID 0 (Striped) and RAID 1 (Mirrored) and they store information in completely different ways.
RAID 0 arrays stripe data and write information across two separate hard drives and are often used to increase the speed at which data is accessed and retrieved. For instance, Photoshop has the ability to batch process images and a RAID 0 configuration would help with faster image retrieval and storage after Photoshop has processed them. The downside is that if either drive fails then you lose everything, so it is important to make regular precautionary backups.
RAID 1 arrays mirror data and write identical information across both drives simultaneously without a speed penalty. So if one drive fails, no data is lost and the PC stays running. However, if both drives (or more likely the motherboard) fails then you lose everything, so it is still important to backup regularly.
Clean Build™ Promise
The price of many pre-built PCs these days is often supported by cash kickbacks from software companies who pay hardware manufacturers to pre-install limited or trial versions of their software and then hope that the customer pays to upgrade to the full version. The downside to this approach is that the new PC comes pre-loaded with a lot of "junkware" which bloats the operating system and can cause severe performance degradation.
Here at Quiet PC we believe that customers have every right to expect the best possible performance from a brand new PC, so every system we build comes with our Clean Build™ promise. We install the operating system (if you order one), motherboard drivers, OS updates and Microsoft Security Essentials / Windows Defender - that's it. You won't be pestered by pop-ups and nag screens and you can get on with using your new PC immediately without having to uninstall lots of junkware first. Your new machine will boot in super-quick time and will stay running quickly for many months and years to come.
Free hardware support and fully inclusive warranty
We offer free hardware technical support for as long as you own the machine. This support covers any hardware query or problem, including advice on maintenance and upgrades. We regret we can't offer software support or training so we would recommend contacting the software vendor in this instance.
Our hardware warranty runs for two years and is "collect and return" meaning that you don't need to worry about getting the machine back to us - we will instruct our courier to collect it from you on a day of your choosing, then after we have checked and repaired it we will send it back to you by express courier at our expense. In addition, unlike many other PC suppliers, we have an "open-case" policy which means you are free to open the machine and perform your own minor modifications or upgrades without worrying that your warranty might be affected.