Recommend Laptop, desktop, all in one, or touch screen

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03 Aug, 2011 04:41 PM

I'm a wedding photographer and want to start offering photo booths. I will start with a black backdrop and think I will mount a monitor to a speaker stand. What computer do you recommend for a portable booth?

  1. 1 Posted by Tim Taylor on 03 Aug, 2011 08:27 PM

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  2. 2 Posted by davidtrw on 04 Aug, 2011 03:16 PM

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    Still waiting on mine to come in, but I would definitely put one together. I got an old elo touchscreen on ebay for $50.

    Picked up a new motherboard/cpu/vga combo package for $60. 4GB of memory for $25 from newegg.

    Had an old power supply, old hard drive, and dvd drive I can temorarily hook up.

    Going to mount the motherboard to some wood with the powersupply and hard drive next to it.

    Total cost:
    motherboard/video/cpu - $60
    memory - $25
    Hard drive - $40 (old and worth about that much online)
    Power supply - $20 (avg. for used one on ebay)
    touchscreen monitor - $55 (not sure if they went up on ebay)

    $200 total for a touchscreen computer to power the photo booth.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Rob (ZCZ) on 05 Aug, 2011 07:57 PM

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    That's pretty much the way I started minus the touchscreen.
    I was pretty disappointed by the performance of an older computer and rebuilt it a few times until I am happy with: Dual core Athlon/4GB RAM/120GB 2.5HD in a small form factor case.

  4. 4 Posted by darrell on 10 Aug, 2011 11:11 PM

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    I've run it from a small DELL netbook, inbuilt webcam, canon CP200 dyesub. worked great. only issue I had was the canon wouldn't indicate when the paper had run out.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Rob (ZCZ) on 18 Aug, 2011 05:43 PM

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    @Darrell, are you using this for a business/large parties or home fun?

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