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    Question New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    Hey, was hoping i could get some opinions on this set up. The PC is going to be used mainly for web / graphic design applications with very little to no gaming. Lots of multitasking often with many programs open at once. Occasionally I may do some video editing and multitrack sound recording.

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    £102.78

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    ASUS P5K AiLifestyle Series iP35 Socket 775 eSATA 8channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    £68.15

    Memory
    Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL5(5-5-5-12) Heat Spreader
    £40.24

    PSU - (Already owned, had no problems with pentium 4 3.0E prescott system so hoping to re-use)
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    £33.59

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    M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI

    Operating system - (Already have waiting)
    Vista Business (32 Bit) - copy provided by my university

    Case and Fans - (Already owned)
    + 2 x 120mm case fans in Antec ATX case (not sure which model)


    Any thoughts on this? baring in mind i do want to keep the cost down while getting a faster PC than i currently have. It also needs to be as quiet and hopefully energy efficient as possible.

    Any opinions / suggestions would be great
    Last edited by badstar82; 23-11-2007 at 08:20 PM.

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    Can you add prices / a budget please mate?

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    I would say that a quad core may actually show some benefit for video editing and multitasking.

    Maybe a Q6600?? It will cost 60 quid more though. If not the spec looks decent.

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    Quad and a Abit IP-35 board me thinks.

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    Extra tenner gets you 320GB 16MB cache HDD.

    Could do with knowing what you can stretch to to make a reasonable stab at it.
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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    Thanks for the responses!

    I really dont want to spend more than around £300 on the new parts which is what they come to altogether on ebuyer.com. Here's the specs of my current system, do you think i'd see a big increase in speed with the new setup?

    CURRENT SETUP:
    Processor - Intel P4 Prescott 3.0E - Socket478
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    Soundcard - M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI
    Graphics - Radeon 9200 PRO 128MB AGP
    CPU Cooler - Zalman CNPS7700-AlCu
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    In about 2-3 years ive only just used half of my current 80gb HDD so 160 will definately do the trick

    I'll add prices in a mo...

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    prices added

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    Get the Samsung SH-203 rather than the Optiarc. Unless you have a hankering for coasters.

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    You will certainly see a increase in performance.

    You can save a bit of money and get this.
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    if you are willing to overclock this will go to 3.0ghz+ i'd imagine.

    Even if you don't.. 2.4ghz isn't half bad for £80

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    I'd just cut back on the motherboard, get a Q6600 and not bother overclocking. You don't need the extra speed raw speed for web design, and the extra cores will be very useful for video editing and the other multitasking you mention. Of course you could overclock it if you wanted to, but unless you do a lot of video editing, you wouldn't see a difference.

    @staffsMike: if there's anywhere where the lack of cache will show up, this is it. This is one of those rare occasions when the E6s make more sense than the E4s or E2s.

    Oh and I hate Seagates now, but that's down to personal choice I guess.

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    Hmmm.. how about the E6750 and an abit IP-35E then

    Q6600 is the way really but if it doesn't fit your budget it doesn't fot your budget.

    Check out scan today only over the weekend. Corsair PC6400 RAM with the tighter cas 4 timings is £37 i think.

    Intel's are on there. Abit motherboards. Western digital Hard drives (the way to go ).. pretty much everything you will want.

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    For a lot of application use I would suggest more RAM, memory is piss cheap at the moment and getting 4GB seems to make sense.

    32 bit won't neccessarily make the most of it, but chances are it will recognise more than 2GB and should give you headroom for 64 bit in the future

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    Agree with DougMcDonald.

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    I game up with this spec using Today Only offers on Scan:

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    Re: New PC build for web designer, thoughts please

    Would you recommend buying from Scan computers? I've only ever bought online from Overclockers, Dabs and ebuyer in the past

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    Scan are the best of all of them imo.

    If you get to 25 posts here on hexus you will qualify for free delivery to

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