Best budget computer for photoshop CS4

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.
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  1. please use the sticky from the new build forum
  2. 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:

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

    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

    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

    Hard Drive
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB $89.99

    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

    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:
  5. 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
  6. You might also want to read this thread for a little more info
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