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April 12, 2009 10:56:50 AM

My computer is windows xp(version 2002)
I need to update my graphics card as i can't use all the features in cs4.So i need to know of a good graphics card to use.Also when i bought my pc,it only came with 256mb.ram,so i put 1gb.ram in it and their is space for 1 more 1gb.ram.
My hard drive is only 80gb.although i have got an external hard drive to free up space whenever i need to.So if i have to buy a decent graphics card,buy another 1gb.of memory which is around £40-£50,then i was thinking of buying a new pc.
If anyone could give me some advice on spec/graphics card/chipsets whatever they do,then i can go armed into the shop with sound good advice.
i would keep this pc if it is cheaper for me to but the parts,but im thinking because its old,their might be compatability issues,thanks in advance.

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April 12, 2009 12:35:17 PM

Manufacturer : Dell Dimension DIM3000
Mainboard : Dell Computer Corp. 0K8980
Chipset : Intel i865GV
Processor : Intel Pentium 4 @ 2800 MHz
Physical Memory : 1024 MB (1 x 1024 DDR-SDRAM )
Video Card : Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller
Hard Disk : ST380011A (80 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : SONY CDRW/DVD CRX330E
DVD-Rom Drive : PHILIPS DVDR1648P1
Monitor Type : Dell Computer DELL E773p - 15 inches
Network Card : Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3
DirectX : Version 9.0c

My budget is around £400
My monitor is a CRT monitor.
I run CS3 and CS4 for the 3D features although at the moment because of my graphics card,i can't.
Illustrator CS4
No gaming,just graphics.
I am also getting a graphics tablet.
April 13, 2009 12:41:56 PM

I came across this set-up for £500,is it a good deal or not?

Case: Antec NSK4000 II Midi Black/Silver ATX Case
Power Supply: ThermalTake 420W TR2 Performance PSU
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750+ Black Edition (2.70Ghz x 2) Socket AM2+
Hard Drive: 500GB, SATA2 300-7200rpm
Memory: 8GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM
Graphics: Palit 1GB GeForce GTS250 Super DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 GPU
Audio: Realtek ALC1200 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Optical Drive(s): 22x DVD ± Dual Layer ReWriter
Broadband Ready: NVIDIA Gigabit MAC
USB Ports: 2 Front / 6 Rear
Additional Connectivity: 1 x HDMI, 1 x IEEE1394, 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
Additional features:
Warranty: 12 months return to base
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April 13, 2009 6:16:31 PM

you can't run 8G of RAM with XP 32 bit, 3.5G is the max for SOME systems, just run 3G, do not use 64bit XP, if you go to Vista x64 you night be able to run that much RAM but I don't know, I just bough all the stuff to build a computerthat's about the same, but I bought all of it in America, from Geeks and spent less than 300USD,
April 14, 2009 10:23:31 AM

So seen as my windows xp is version(2002),does that mean its 32 bit,where can i find that info,also,what system would i need on it.
April 14, 2009 4:18:19 PM

mountaionlion said:
I came across this set-up for £500,is it a good deal or not?

Case: Antec NSK4000 II Midi Black/Silver ATX Case
Power Supply: ThermalTake 420W TR2 Performance PSU
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750+ Black Edition (2.70Ghz x 2) Socket AM2+
Hard Drive: 500GB, SATA2 300-7200rpm
Memory: 8GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM
Graphics: Palit 1GB GeForce GTS250 Super DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 GPU
Audio: Realtek ALC1200 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Optical Drive(s): 22x DVD ± Dual Layer ReWriter
Broadband Ready: NVIDIA Gigabit MAC
USB Ports: 2 Front / 6 Rear
Additional Connectivity: 1 x HDMI, 1 x IEEE1394, 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
Additional features:
Warranty: 12 months return to base


probably is 32-bit, that PSU is kinda small for that set up. That processor is basically a quad with 2 cores deactivated so it runs 95w I think. Plus your running a descent graphics card. I suggest a lil bigger PSU (even a 500w I would feel more comfortable) but the setup isnt to bad already built for 500. I basically built that set-up with a 900 antec case and 650w PSU and 1T of HD for $560. I would suggest getting vista 64-bit if your gonna get a CPU with 64-bit architecture plus then you can utilize more ram. Also get the motherboard specs.

also I looked up and the Antec NSK4000 series come with 380w PSUs so make sure there is a 420w in there if you get it.
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