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£1000 - £1200 photoshop, movie's and music computer

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April 12, 2010 7:35:08 PM

i want to make myself a decent computer for around 1000 to 1200 pound computer for my photography work that i use photoshop for and also have the ability to store a large amount of music and movie's ... So i would need a decent graphics card to get the best quality video ... I know how to put it together i just need to know what to buy ... I have a surround system so that won't need to be taken into account but a television that i can use as my display will have to be taken into account
April 12, 2010 8:00:43 PM


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: ability touse photoshop cs4, watching movies, listening to massive music libary and surfing the internet


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: whatever website is best for use

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type : whatevers best for my money


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 any of them (would prefer the monitor to be a tv)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC

i have logitech x500 surround sound speakers
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April 12, 2010 9:08:46 PM


Athlon X3 / X4

4-8GB DDR3 1600

Samsung F3 500GB or 1TB

HAF 922 or other quality case

A 550W or above PSU from OCZ, Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling

ATI 4670/4770

DVD Burner and/or Blu Ray burner
would prefer the monitor to be a tv

You need that too?!?!?!?

Depending on what you have over there, a good 22" will do. If your doing any serious video/photo editing, stay away from a cheap LCD/TV. Also, realize that putting a 50" TV and using it as a monitor and trying to get work done is not that practical given the fact that you need to be a few feet away to see correctly.
April 12, 2010 10:21:27 PM

CPU: Intel i5 750 Retail £169

CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B £36
Only needed if you will overclock or perhaps if you want to eliminate some noise, altho if I was just going for less noise then I'd go for a lowprofile one. You will need some of this as well: Arctic Silver 5 £5.

Mobo: ASUS P7H55-M PRO £87
There are probably some mobos over £100 with SATA 6Gbps and/or USB3.

RAM: G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Ripjaw Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.65V £101

GPU: XFX HD 5670 512MB £70
I don't know much about GPU requirements when it comes to programs such as PS.

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 500W £46
You don't need any more than this unless you can envisage reusing this PSU in a system with more powerful graphics card(s).

SSD: Intel X25-M G2 80GB Retail £198
Will come with a kit to fit it into a 3.5in bay. You could do without this and put the money into more RAM and a more powerful CPU if you want.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £62
This will do as the OS drive if you decide to ditch the SSD.

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium £78

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223 22X DVD±RW £15

Case: Your choice of
CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced £104 - Has a 2.5in drive bay, so you could buy an OEM SSD and be able to mount it no problem.
Antec Three Hundred £43 A good budget case.
Unless you have your eye on something else.

Total: £972 (including the most expensive case I listed)

This gets you a pretty powerful CPU, an SSD and still some room to get a display if you want.
April 13, 2010 12:02:24 AM

GPU: XFX HD 5670 512MB £80
I don't know much about GPU requirements when it comes to programs such as PS.

Depending on the size of the images,etc you may want a NVidia card due to CUDA accelration for things like Zoom,etc.
April 13, 2010 5:12:38 AM

Yeah definitly use a nvidia gpu especailly for the new mercury playback engine of the new adobe cs5. As for the rest you could save up a bit of money by getting a simple am3 mobo and a Phenom II x2 555 black which can be unlocked to be a 4core cpu and save the money for a gtx470 or wait a bit ( early june) for the mainstream Fermi card. Which should be gtx460, gts450 and something like gt440
April 13, 2010 8:02:40 AM

Shadow703793 said:
GPU: XFX HD 5670 512MB £80
I don't know much about GPU requirements when it comes to programs such as PS.

Depending on the size of the images,etc you may want a NVidia card due to CUDA accelration for things like Zoom,etc.
well i average size for my photoshop projects is roughy about 200 mb
April 13, 2010 2:20:17 PM

^ In that case, a decent CUDA enabled GPU will be quite a bit beneficial.

Note: The "gamer" GTX4xx cards have 75% of the DP CUDA Cores disabled.
April 13, 2010 5:21:22 PM

but tesla fermi-based are not here for a while and will cost alot so if you cant wait or dont have the money you can be alot happy with gtx470 especially if you game also with that rig.
April 13, 2010 8:32:24 PM

^ This is not a gaming rig. The OP won't get any/much benefit by going with a GTX480. Hell, I use an old 8800GTS on a Photoshop build (with an OCed Quad) and it works fine, and yes, I edit multiple RAW images at once.
April 13, 2010 9:25:47 PM

Hmm then maybe, a gts250. It is in fact a renamed 9800gtx which is a renamed 8800gtx so you haver decent performance, it is quite cheap ( 150$) and with the mercury playback engine of adobe cs5 that will use cuda core, it will be useful. If you think thats a bit too much, there is also the gt240 which is around 110$ and with the money saved, get another 4gb kit which can be more helpful.
April 13, 2010 10:19:28 PM

^ Indeed, however, I'm not sure if OP will get Photoshop CS5 for a while considering it's $300+ :lol: 

Imo, the best option is to get an "old" 8800GTX for like $50-60 and softmodd it to a Quaddro. (You can't soft modd the later cards due to changes by nVidia)
April 14, 2010 10:08:55 AM

the upgrade for CS5 is only £190 but im just looking for the computer to run smoothly because of the *** computers at college that really bug me cause they want us to use the computers to edit our photos
April 14, 2010 2:02:47 PM

^ Is that with a student discount?
April 14, 2010 10:21:17 PM

no that's the upgrade price for photoshop but0i would rather have extended but thats another 300 quid
April 14, 2010 10:26:26 PM

^ Ah yes, my mistake. I was thinking about the Extended and new versions :lol: 
April 25, 2010 6:29:01 PM

does the adobe mercury playback even effect photoshop CS5? I thought that was just a video editing feature.