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October 18, 2009 7:41:02 AM

Hi guys I am doing an uprade.

I have an Antec sonata III case I want to keep and an optical drive. other wise I need to buy everything else. my budget is 600 pounds, and the usage is mainly web, and photo editing.
October 18, 2009 7:52:11 AM

please use the sticky from the new build forum
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October 18, 2009 8:05:11 PM

Does budget include OS? Monitor? Keyboard? Mouse?
How about PSU? Still have a good Antec 500w in it? How old? They are a dependable little unit so I would not replace unless you really need to for some reason.

Here is the sticky mentioned above that lists the information that is helpful:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

Also are you interested in gaming or hi-def video at all? If not, you can get by with onboard video. If you might be - a cheap $60 to $70 graphics card would be a nice addition. It makes a difference in mobo choices too - but not so much the price - you have better selection without onboard video.
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October 18, 2009 8:36:47 PM

CS4 uses the graphics card for acceleration. I'd recommend something good, Not onboard.

I have no idea on prices for that area but you can build a heck of a computer for 1000$ usd right now


maybe a radeon 5850..
go core i7-920 etc if you can afford it.
triple channel ram 3x2gb (doesnt need to be high end ram)
motherboard---check out some reviews.. I think asrock makes a very popular one.
hard drive.. I'd skimp here its easily upgradeable, snag a regular 500GB or 1TB model.

power supply if needed-- quality brand 600-700watt --pc power and cooling, corsair, enermax,seasonic brands etc.

try to avoid something like RAIDMAX 1000W , COOLERMASTER, or ROSeWILL not good either

in the US that would run APROX 800-900$

oh and run windows 7 64bit on it. (unless you have a copy of vista 64bit)

if you have a 32bit vista key you can install 64bit with that key and the proper cd.
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October 18, 2009 9:02:27 PM

Your budget should be more than ample. I am not familiar with UK stores and prices so I used US for both – assuming you can find something comparable – and stayed way under budget to allow for higher prices if necessay. Until you answer the question asked in a previous post about what all you want to include, for now I just included the basics:

CPU -Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Mobo – go with Gigabyte or ASUS – similar price and only minor differences.
See this review of mobos.

On the last page summary its states:
None of us buy based solely on overclocking, one or two percent performance differences, or a few percentage points in efficiency. Rather, it’s the combination of overclocking, features, and performance that gets us ready to spend our money. For $10 more than the P55-UD3R, Asus’ P7P55D offers IEEE-1394 FireWire and slightly better overall efficiency. Gigabyte, on the other hand, offers a third SATA controller and supports Windows XP users with a floppy interface--all for $10 less. These two products are as close to perfectly-matched competitors as we’ve ever seen, so we’ll let you, the reader, make the call.

I prefer the Gigabyte so I listed it (note that it does not include onboard video:

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - there are a lot of options and I don’t know how prices run in UK. But based on what is available here, I suggest:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail 94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Basic Grapics Card
GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $ 524.99 or converted it is GBP 322.22

The above should give you a good baseline starting point at least - and a good a system as it.
What needs to be added: Operating system? PSU? Faster graphics card? Monitor?

If you can afford a little more, you might upgrade the CPU to an i7-860 to benefit from hyperthreading. But with 4 cores in both this and the recommended CPU, I am not sure how much you will gain. You might want to look at this review on CS4:

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=364...
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October 18, 2009 9:08:39 PM

CS4 offloads to the video card.. a fast one makes a huge difference.

radeon 5850 is pretty amazing at its price. or a 5770 if the 5850 is too high
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