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Last response: in Components
September 21, 2009 5:53:02 PM

Hi all, im new here so hope this is the right place to post this.

I am after a new desktop pc to replace my laptop, as its graphics card is not the best. I am currently studying architecture and need to do some 3d work on 3d studio, adt, sketchup , as well as lots of work in photoshop. I am on a small budget but have found this one, spec below. I think it is a fast pc but without a good graphics card, can anyone confirm this? also if i am able to buy a good graphics card to put in it.

Acer Aspire M3800 Tower Desktop PC, Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDRW, GMA X4500, Vista Home Premium


* Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz,
* 4MB L2 Cache


* 4GB RAM,

Hard Drive


Optical Drive



* Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium


* Monitor Not Included


* Intel GMA X4500,
* Up to 1024MB


* No Speakers

Input Devices

* Value keyboard & optical mouse


* No Wireless LAN
* No Modem


* 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

as i said i am on a budget due to being a student, but could afford another £100 for a decent graphics card. Any help or other suggestions would be great.

thanks in advance

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September 21, 2009 6:01:42 PM

Looks ok; that system would go for $475-525 in the usa. If you get it, ask for a free windows 7 upgrade.
September 23, 2009 2:09:55 PM

hi, i have gone for the below spec, hope it is good??

Matrix II 550BE PCA

AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Quad Core Processor AM3 (3.20GHz, 8MB Cache) [upg £ 79.00]
Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium SP1, 64-bit + Windows 7 Upgrade Option - English
New Stylish Mini-Tower Micro ATX Chassis with 550W PSU - Piano Black
ASUS M2N68-AM SE2 Mainboard, AM2+ with integrated Graphics - MATX
4GB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM - (2x 2GB)
1TB Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive with 32MB Buffer [upg £ 25.00]
Samsung 22x Dual Layer DVD Writer Super Format +R/-R/RW/RAM
1GB ATi HD4870 Graphics accelerator DVI, DirectX 10.1 PCI Express 2
5.1 High Definition onboard sound card - 6 Channel Cinema sound
Logitech Deluxe Keyboard & Optical Mouse (Corded)
Free Microsoft® Works® 8.5 + Limited Microsoft Office Trial
Free Cyberlink Video Editing Suite - 7 titles (oem)
BullGuard Internet Security 8.5 - 90 Day Trial - AntiVirus/Firewall/Backup/Spamfilter
10 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel) -
Network Ready integrated 10/100 Ethernet
1 Year Hardware Warranty - Return to Base Parts and Labour (UK Mainland only)

what do you guys think?