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    Build for work..

    Need it to for photoshop use, dreamweaver, and general office use.

    What do you think?


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    Re: Build for work..

    What CPU? - I see you've updated

    Look at a Dell Vostro 420.
    If it's for critical work then include improved warranty.

    Apart from a stack of RAM most standard machine like this will do you well as they include gfx cards capable of decent 2D performance (3650's in this case).
    The monitor will be the most important aspect for Photoshop use.
    In fact I'd recommend you modify your spec to have a dual-port gfx card and two monitors. This would be especially useful for Dreamweaver where you can code on one screen while testing your pages on the other.
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    Re: Build for work..

    Might as well make it uATX and if you're going to use that PSU get this
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coole...60W-PSU-Fitted

    The CPU is a bit old now, I would get a phenom II, tri or quad core I think. The 720 X3 Black edition is fantastic in terms of bangs for bucks.

    I'd get either a 780G, 785G or Nvidia 8200 based mobo, you might find the onboard graphics more than enough for your needs, then add a graphics card later.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-M4A785TD-M-EVO

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    Re: Build for work..

    I'd go for the 64bit version of Vista (I presume time is against you and you can't wait for 7) and get support for the full 4Gb of memory, after all, when photoshopping, memory is king.
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    Re: Build for work..

    You would also be better off getting a DVD Writer for a few quid more rather than a DVD/CDRW Combo.

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    Re: Build for work..

    Quote Originally Posted by Salazaar View Post
    I'd go for the 64bit version of Vista (I presume time is against you and you can't wait for 7) and get support for the full 4Gb of memory, after all, when photoshopping, memory is king.
    I Agree, infact doubling to 8GB wouldn't be the worst idea ever

    Also it was my impression that if you where to go down the Nvidia CUDA route you would see some speed improvements in photoshop. so you'd probably be looking at a 8600, 9500 or anything above that

    One final pointer, I don't know how you feel on this subject, but when i'm working the last thing I want to hear is fan noise, for this reason I normally go with a case that supports 12cm or bigger fans all the way round. Doesn't have to cost the earth but worth it IMHO

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    Re: Build for work..

    Yes I agree there, get a case with 120mm fans not 80mm
    You don't need a lots of fans or air flow, but some low speed, under 1000rpm 120mm fans will give you some air flow without any noise.

    Also stick with onboard graphics, if you're using photoshop CS2 or higher then consider an nvidia card for the CUDA support.
    I'd also look at ether cheaper memory or AM3 motherboard and DDR3

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    Re: Build for work..

    Go for the newer Phenom 2's the original Phenoms are well, bad, to say the least.
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Build for work..

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Might as well make it uATX and if you're going to use that PSU get this
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coole...60W-PSU-Fitted

    The CPU is a bit old now, I would get a phenom II, tri or quad core I think. The 720 X3 Black edition is fantastic in terms of bangs for bucks.

    I'd get either a 780G, 785G or Nvidia 8200 based mobo, you might find the onboard graphics more than enough for your needs, then add a graphics card later.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-M4A785TD-M-EVO
    I agree with most of what staffsMike has suggested.

    I would look at either of these motherboards:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...-RAID-uATX-VGA

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/171803

    Both ATI and Nvidia graphics cards can accelerate Photoshop although CUDA can be used for specific plugins IIRC.

    This Nvidia graphics card will do the job:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168749


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