The Cerise Desktop

The Cerise Desktop
The Cerise Desktop is aimed at digital content creators on a budget. It is housed in an ultra-quiet case so that you can concentrate on your work instead of your machine. One large slow moving fan at the front of the case and one large slow moving fan at the back of the case keep components cool while the CPU has its own high-efficiency heat sink. An abundance of USB ports at the front and rear of the computer ensures you have ready access to plug in peripherals.

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Case

Our aluminum desktop cases are light yet sturdy. The power switch is on the top of the case. Large slow moving fans at the front and back of the case ensure quiet operation. The meticulous cabling inside the case shows the care and attention that goes into the build of every Cerise computer.

CPU

Which CPU?
  • The central processing unit or CPU is the “brains” of the computer and is the component which performs most of the of the computer’s calculations. The CPU’s speed is measured in Hertz (Hz) or cycles per second.
  • Virtually all CPU’s today have multiple processors or ‘cores’ on one piece of silicon. This means the operating system splits a program into ‘threads’ and then distributes those program threads to the available cores so that they can be processed. The ease with which a program can be threaded is termed ‘multithreading’. Photo editing programs such as Photoshop are not highly multithreaded, so they work faster with CPU’s that emphasize speed over cores. Video editing programs however, such as Premiere Pro are highly multithreaded so they work faster with CPU’s that emphasize cores over speed.
  • In practical terms, this means for image editing programs such as Photoshop you should choose a four-core CPU with a higher speed. For video editing or if you use multiple programs simultaneously, you should choose a CPU with 6 or more cores. For many people today, the line between photo and video editing is becoming less distinct as most cameras now shoot video. If you edit photos and video, an honest assessment of the ratio of photo to video editing will tell you which type of CPU you should lean towards.

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Operating System

RAM

RAM can be regarded as the workspace of your computer and this is very simple to understand. Imagine you are an artist and you keep all of your unused canvases in a store room. When you want to use a new canvas, you bring it out of your store room and bring it into the studio where you are able to work on it. In the same way, when you use a program or edit an image, the program or image is brought out of storage, i.e. the hard drive and placed in your workspace, i.e. RAM. Since the lines of communication between the CPU and the memory are particularly fast, the CPU can quickly act on and process the program and data being held in the memory.

Lack of memory is the single major cause of slow or crashing computers because there is simply not enough space in the memory to hold all the programs you are working on. Plan on RAM that is at least four times greater than the programs and data you are working with. Video and image editing programs make multiple copies of a file before the edits are complete. So if you have 4GB of programs and data open at any one time, you should have at least 16GB of RAM. RAM today is relatively cheap so it is the most cost-efficient way of keeping your computer fast.

1st Hard Drive for OS & Applications

The optimum hard drive set-up for digital content creators such as photographers and video editors is one hard drive for the operating system and programs and a separate hard drive for data such as photo and video files. Many digital content creators find a third hard drive for dumping their newly created files after a shoot very useful. Once files have been dumped onto this 3rd hard drive, they are easily moved throughout the computer system and then can then be returned there after editing for short term storage.

2nd Hard Drive for Multimedia Editing

This is the hard drive for your data such as photo and video files.

3rd Hard Drive for File Dump/Storage

Many digital content creators find a third hard drive for dumping their newly created files after a shoot very useful. Once files have been dumped onto this 3rd hard drive, they are easily moved throughout the computer system and then can then be returned there after editing for short term storage.

Blu-Ray and DVD

Although optical discs are slowly going out of fashion, archive quality DVD & Blu-ray discs are still the most reliable economical way of backing up data and the easiest way of reinstalling your operating system.

Video

The video card processes visual information from your CPU and displays it on the monitor. Regular consumer video cards and monitors show a maximum of 16.77 million colors. Quadro workstation video cards give 10-bit color and if they are paired with a 10-bit monitor you will see more than 1.07 billion colors or 64 times more colors than a regular consumer video card. This covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space. If exceptional color accuracy is important to you, a Quadro workstation card with a 10-bit monitor is a necessity!

More and more programs are using the processing power of the video card to process data.

Quadro workstation video cards are an absolute necessity for CAD applications like Solidworks.

Display

Choose a 10-bit monitor to view all the colors that a Quadro card can display. We check every monitor for dead pixels and we install the monitor driver on your computer for the best possible performance.

USB 3.0 & 3.1

The USB 3.0 card we use is extremely reliable and dedicates full bandwidth to each USB port as opposed to cheaper cards that share the bandwidth across all the ports on the card.

If you have an external USB 3.1 hard drive enclosure with a solid state drive, this will produce the read and write speeds to take advantage of our USB 3. 1 card.

eSATA

Our eSATA implementation is a simple bracket that enables you to hook up your external eSATA hard drive to a SATA port on the motherboard. This means there are no electronics between the external hard drive and the motherboard for maximum reliability and compatibility.

Firewire

Firewire gives read and write speeds that are close 100MBps with external firewire hard drive enclosures. Firewire also has very low latency which is why it is still so popular in audio production. We install a firewire card with the Texas instrument chipset for maximum compatiblity.

Networking Hardware

WiFi enables internet access without the wires. The WiFi cards we offer give progressively better speed and range as the price increases.

Sound Card

Although the quality of the integrated audio on the motherboard has significantly increased over the last couple of years, it’s still no match for a discrete audio card. If music is important to you, consider getting a sound card.

Speakers

Keyboard & Mouse

Surge Protector

Software

Our productivity software comes with a DVD disc and a product key card. We install all updates at the time we install the software.

Support

Pre and post-sales support is an important part of the package we offer you. As well as being very attentive to you at the time you choose the components that will make up your computer, we are always available for tech support if something goes wrong or you just want advice on upgrading or installing new hardware and software.

All Cerise computers come with a one-year warranty. This means we will fix any malfunctioning hardware free of charge for one year. You just pay for shipping to us. If the malfunction occurs within 30 days of you receiving the computer, the shipping is on us. You can get the same coverage for 2 or 3 years at an additional cost.

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