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Lots of threads about buying computer components - compatibility, uses etc. thought it would be good to have one big thread about them. Lots of knowledgeable people on here and it would give ple… Read More
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
Lots of threads about buying computer components - compatibility, uses etc. thought it would be good to have one big thread about them.

Lots of knowledgeable people on here and it would give plenty of info/tips to people wanting to upgrade/build their first system etc.
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
I'll start off -

Is it necessary to spend more than £40 on a mobo for a system if I just want a general system for surfing, documents and Photoshopping?

Onboard graphics would be fine - No games needed

For example this one

Edited By: sancho1983 on Oct 12, 2010 21:05: asd
#2
Yeah, was looking at a gigabyte model but it 'only' supported up to 4gb RAM, whereas the Asrock supports 8gb, thought maybe a bit of 'future proofing'

What's a good figure to spend on processors? Was thinking £60-80, the most demanding thing would be using Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom, not necessarily while doing anything else. Seems a waste of money to over-spec
#3
Could anyone recommend ideal specs or even a laptop model that would provide enough power to smoothly run programs such as sony vegas or apple imovie :)
#4
lol
sancho1983
Yeah, was looking at a gigabyte model but it 'only' supported up to 4gb RAM, whereas the Asrock supports 8gb, thought maybe a bit of 'future proofing'What's a good figure to spend on processors? Was thinking £60-80, the most demanding thing would be using Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom, not necessarily while doing anything else. Seems a waste of money to over-spec
future proof, well you buy any components and there already out of date, unless you work for intel/gigabyte/asus etc you will not be up to date. lol 60/80 quid i wouldnt waste my time with photoshop and all and just use it as a net surfer. you are graphics/motion person so therefore if i was you you need a decent processor and motherboard and a up their graphics card for doing all what you want :D
#5
CFC_Mark
Could anyone recommend ideal specs or even a laptop model that would provide enough power to smoothly run programs such as sony vegas or apple imovie :)
do you have a budget ?
#6
andyhunter
lol
sancho1983
Yeah, was looking at a gigabyte model but it 'only' supported up to 4gb RAM, whereas the Asrock supports 8gb, thought maybe a bit of 'future proofing'What's a good figure to spend on processors? Was thinking £60-80, the most demanding thing would be using Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom, not necessarily while doing anything else. Seems a waste of money to over-spec

future proof, well you buy any components and there already out of date, unless you work for intel/gigabyte/asus etc you will not be up to date. lol 60/80 quid i wouldnt waste my time with photoshop and all and just use it as a net surfer. you are graphics/motion person so therefore if i was you you need a decent processor and motherboard and a up their graphics card for doing all what you want :D


I'm not sure I understand what you mean? is your suggestion that I don't use PhotoShop? because that seems a little crazy
#7
my sugestion is, if your going spend 60/80 on a processor to use photoshop then dont bother as its pretty stupid and a waste tbh. if you want a computer to use photoshop and all then dig deep into your pockets as the cost for decent stuff to even run that is dear :D
#8
Tbh It's 'light' PhotoShop and the recommended specs are p4 (which according to ebuyer I can get for 30 pounds) or equivalent with 1gb RAM.

Edited By: sancho1983 on Oct 12, 2010 23:06: asd
#9
sancho1983
Tbh It's 'light' PhotoShop and the recommended specs are p4 or equivalent with 1gb RAM.


Even Photoshop light uses the same processes as photoshop original, just in a smaller footprint so you can stick it on a USB, if i'm not mistaken?

I have another question, which ties on to the £40 mobo earlier - how much would you recommend to spend on a mobo for a medium - high gaming rig, also is it still worth building your own then getting it cheap on a special deal?
#10
Sorry, It's full PhotoShop, but I meant I do light PhotoShoping. Ie It's just a hobby that I dabble with every so often - so it doesn't have to be blisteringly fast :)

Edited By: sancho1983 on Oct 12, 2010 23:10: asd
#11
win7 needs 2gb of ram, tbh it really needs 3/4gb of ram as thats just the operating system, i am coming from the sense of do you want to run an application that has a fast respone rate(input/output), does not freeze or stutter? i tested cs5 on a 98 machine which i got running with next to nothing ram, compared to another machine on vista with 2 gb of ram then on a gaming machine, it was flawless on the gaming machine, it was a headache on vista too much pissing about when started to do complex tasks with it and then bsod with win 98 as it cudnt keep up and handle it.
#12
sancho1983
Sorry, It's full PhotoShop, but I meant I do light PhotoShoping. Ie It's just a hobby that I dabble with every so often - so it doesn't have to be blisteringly fast :)


I do PS on my pc, was £380 from Tesco - Core I3 ... It's quick but at bargain price.

If you want to build yourself then a minimum of a dual core is needed and make it a good spec so core2duo 2.6 +, also give it a fair amount of RAM, 3GB should be fine.
banned#13
sancho1983
Yeah, was looking at a gigabyte model but it 'only' supported up to 4gb RAM, whereas the Asrock supports 8gb, thought maybe a bit of 'future proofing'


What version of Windows 7 have you got?

Windows starter only supports 2GB
Windows Home/Premium/Pro/Ultimate 32bit = 4GB
Windows Home 64bit = 8GB
64bit Premium = 16GB
64bit Pro = 192GB

I got the Pro version btw :)
#14
64 bit premium I think
#15
andyhunter
CFC_Mark
Could anyone recommend ideal specs or even a laptop model that would provide enough power to smoothly run programs such as sony vegas or apple imovie :)

do you have a budget ?


£800 - 1000 I would say
#16
When buying RAM make sure its got a lifetime Warranty lol

Just sending my 2Gb of DDR RAM away to Corsair cos it broke and even though its near 5years old now, they are going to send me new stuff out to get my old PC back up and running.
#17
I am wanting a new mobo preferably Asus with DDR2 ram slots and Core2Quad compatable with at least 2 pci slots and 1 pci'e 4x slot and of course a 16X slot.

I did get a recommendation on Gamefaqs that fit my requirements and had support for both DDR2 AND DDR3 and was Asus.

I am just used to Asus so much dont really want to change the only reason I am wanting to change my current one is for some reason even after bios updated to latest it reports wrong ram speed in bios but the ram is reported normal in 3 other pcs.
banned#18
dcx_badass
Because Asus sucked, my friend got a top end £200 mobo from them a few years ago and had constant problems. He's finally ditched it after the sata died completely, and got gigabyte like me as mine's been fantastic.


Had problems with an Asus as well, now got a Gigabyte and it's been flawless.
#19
Have to agree, i got a Gigabyte board as well and its been perfect.

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