Good set up for Photoshop CS3

Hi can anyone come up with a good spec for a PC ,
The main areas I need suggestions on are
1/ Mobo
2/ Cpu
3/ Ram Make
4/ Ram amount

Budget for above only £350 $700

I run XP Pro 32 bit
Photoshop Cs3
Web browsing

No Games and dont intend to OC
Thanks
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  1. For mobo i'd suggest sumat like the gigabyte boards with the p35 chipset, nice and cheap and work really well , also i heard the Q6600 processors were good multi-taskers at very good prices. I really couldn't comment on Ram although your limited by ur 32bit OS so 2gb should do nicely.
  2. Also what are ur ideas for the other parts??
  3. Thanks
    Will 4gb not work on XP pro 32 ? Very confused with differing answers on this
    I was looking at the Q6600 and
    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 DHX Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL4(4-4-4-12)
  4. 1) Mobo ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131275

    2) Processors...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052

    3) Ram Make
    Corsair (lots of choices here)

    4) 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

    Photoshop isn't all that demanding. A low-cost dual-core should be more than enough. I would recommend a reasonable amount of RAM, so 4GB should be fine while still being quite economical.

    IMO, you won't see a lot of gain by getting the fastest quad-cores for Photoshop, but you could always substitute a Q6600 for the dual-core if you want to treat yourself, but its not needed.
  5. remember, Photoshop CS3 or any CS3 product cares very little about anything but a high speed dual or quad core CPU and lots of memory and just enough video to support the resolution and pixel depth you will be working on..., thats it
  6. With my local component shop the E8400 and Q6600 are pretty much the same price:P so thats why i recommended it,
    http://www.pccomponentes.com/PROCESADORES_INTEL_SOCKET_775.html

    That works out to be roughly 240 USD each, which is quite expensive looking at newegg.com :(
    Ye u do't need much to run CS3, i run it on my dell inspiron laptop with a dual turion processorwith 2gb RAM, and i don't find it much hassle:)
  7. An E8400 or Q6600 may be overkill for Photoshop...3Ghz dualcore...2.4Ghz quad...for Photoshop? Save the money and get good RAM.
  8. halcyon said:
    An E8400 or Q6600 may be overkill for Photoshop...3Ghz dualcore...2.4Ghz quad...for Photoshop? Save the money and get good RAM.

    The difference is noticeable, but you're not getting the best "bang" for your buck since you have a limited budget. It is pretty sweet though :)
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