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I am looking for a mini PC that I can hook up to a spare 24" monitor I have at home and can handle tasks such as Adobe Photoshop, multiple tabs in Chrome, multiple applications. Recommendations welcom… Read More
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2w, 6d agoPosted 2 weeks, 6 days ago
I am looking for a mini PC that I can hook up to a spare 24" monitor I have at home and can handle tasks such as Adobe Photoshop, multiple tabs in Chrome, multiple applications. Recommendations welcome. Preferable budget is about £150 -£200.

UPDATE: Budget upped to £300
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2w, 6d agoPosted 2 weeks, 6 days ago
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I don't mean to be a pessimist, but I don't think you will get a photoshop ready machine for £150. Certainly not one that would be bearable to use. I would genuinely love to be proved wrong though.
#2
If you have 400 to 700 yes but you will not get that for that budget. Sorry
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Not sure Why Everyone Believes you need a High End system, for your budget there are some great options such as skylake pentiums, I just went to Novatech site (local store for me) and put together a good system for £219.59, If you shopped around you could get parts even cheaper, perhaps get a SSD from ebay or cex as can't find any cheap at the moment, I have picked up 120GB ones for between 20-30 but current they are 50-60.
Here's the parts I quickly picked, just all from Novatech:
- https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/b-stock-manufacturer-repaired-signs-of-use-gigabyte-ga-h110m-s2h-intel-h110-socket-1151-micro-atx-motherboard/b-ga-h110m-s2h.html
- https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/intel-pentium-dual-core-g4500-3-5ghz-socket-lga1151-skylake-processor-retail/bx80662g4500.html
- https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/novatech-4gb-1x4gb-ddr4-pc4-17000-2133mhz-single-module/ram-21334.html
- https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/avp-hyperion-ev33b-cube-mini-tower-case/avp-ev33b.html
- https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/corsair-vs-series-vs350-atx-power-supply/cp-9020095-uk.html
- https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/seagate-firecuda-500gb-hybrid-sata-6gbs-2-5-inch-8gb-mlc-ssd/st500lx025.html

With the rest of your budget £80, you could put towards a low end or used Nvidia GPU then you can get some good gpu acceleration (Application Specific). Perhaps spend £50 on a GTX 660/670 or new 1030 or similar then £30 for an extra 4GB of ram.
Here's a 660 on eBay with the ablity to get cheaper by making an offer: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ASUS-GTX-660-DirectCU-OC-2048-MB-GTX660-DC2OCPH-2GD5-Graphics-Card-/222573595765?epid=127209196&hash=item33d26b8c75:g:7OsAAOSwXXxZUvBu
A 60GB £22 SSD for : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OCZ-60GB-SSD-SOLID-STATE-HARD-DRIVE-AGT3-25SAT3-60G-/253033184380?epid=108296597&hash=item3ae9f3fc7c:g:XHIAAOSwSzFZX3Sm

A New Low End Nvidia Card: https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-GT-1030-AERO-ITX/dp/B0716S9LZ3/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499442499&sr=8-2&keywords=gtx+1030

CEX GTX 670: https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SGRANVIGTX6702GB
CEX 64GB SSD: https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=SSSDSDSSDP064G#.WV-s2-mQyHs

If you don't want to build yourself consider this: http://www.ebuyer.com/770312-lenovo-thinkserver-ts150-70lv-pentium-g4400-3-3-ghz-8gb-ram-4u-tower-70lv003eea
Then Just add a SSD and perhaps a gtx 1030 for a very capable PC.

Just checked and Photoshop does have gpu acceleration as thought, since CS4 and supposedly it gives access to more features that won't work without a GPU, though the CPU does have some integreated that are pretty good on Haswell you would definitely benefit from a dedicated card: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cc-gpu-card-faq.html






Edited By: Gowlande on Jul 07, 2017 16:58: GPU Support

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