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Best spec for PC (build your own) for Photo Editing??

lgc 13 62 England
22 Jun 2009 9:56PM
If you had a budget of 850 for a PC (NOT MAC) including monitor what would your spec be for a build your own, and also where would you get it from in the UK?????

I have been looking at pcspecialist and also meshcomputers, any other recommendations???

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Martin54 12 542 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 10:25PM
I've used Eclipse Computers for parts - good prices, loads of components to choose from and quick delivery, but I'd advise you to phone to check stock before ordering on line.
Alan_Warriner 12 545 England
22 Jun 2009 10:34PM
I always use ebuyer

Not only decent prices but I've had a couple of components fail and they replaced them no hassle at all.

Video card was over 18 months old and I got a credit note without any trouble.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
22 Jun 2009 10:35PM
You might want to have a look at whats on offer from OC/UK.

Apart from a good machine, Thier customer service is almost second to none.....!

Check Them Out Here

I know that Cheryl ( csurry ) has used them, And as far as I know she's pleased....Wink
csurry 16 9.2k 92
22 Jun 2009 10:41PM
Just to back up Vince, I bought a machine from OCUK and service was excellent.

I bought the machine and then because I was working away never got around to setting it up properly just some basics, and I did not power it up for nearly 4 months. When I did it would not function properly. I called OCUK they couried it to their office, sorted out the BIOS and sent it back to me within 4 days even though officially out of their warranty period for initial support.

So definitely can not complain about their support as really the problem was of my own making, but whilst I could have sorted it I did not have time. They did it all. Which was a relief really as it was stress I did not need.

Have bought some other peripherals from them since. Generally prices are very competitive.

Only thing I would say is if you see a machine that you like it is worth waiting a week or so to see if it appears in their special offers - mine did saving something like 150.
STUARTHILL758 16 37 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 10:43PM
for that money you can get all you need from http://www.overclockers.co.uk/contact.htmed and build some thing you would have to pay double from the like of pc or dell
csurry 16 9.2k 92
22 Jun 2009 10:53PM
OCUK is overclockers Grin
bmh1 Plus
12 572 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 11:01PM
I've used Overclockers in the past and had good service, but this wasn't the case with the last items I bought from them ...

There are some ratings of their service on resellerratings.com and ciao.co.uk , googling might throw up some more examples ....
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
22 Jun 2009 11:23PM

Quote:There are some ratings of their service

Well you can't get it right everytime.....Smile

I have been using Overclockers for over 10 years, The amount spent with them runs into several thousands, In that time we have had some component failures and returns had to be made.

In every single incident, The customer service has been absolutely first class, So whilst there seems to be a few not so happy clients, There is also a larger number of happy ones.......Smile

This is the same for just about any company, That does huge amounts of trade.....!

Check out the reputation of " Mesh " for example.....Sad
lgc 13 62 England
23 Jun 2009 1:05AM
I will check out the ocuk, I was after a bit more tech advice regarding the spec though, im after more tech advice......as below

ie what processor - Quad core - like the intel i7 quad ??
1 or 2 hard drives???? ram????
graphics card????
resolution of monitor????? monitor type????
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
23 Jun 2009 1:11AM

Quote:would your spec be for a build your own

Heres a starting point.

Quad Processor, Intel or AMD, Intel has a slight edge in top CPU's but they loose out in bang for bucks, The latest AMD Phenom II quads are great value.

Make the system 64 bit, You get more system resources for programs to use.

For example a 64 bit system can be fitted with as much RAM as your board can handle.....Whilst a 32 bit system is limited to around 3 gig of RAM.......

Graphic cards don't need to be monsters for photo work, But having a more than adequate graphic card free's up system resource for programs.

Here I'd suggest something like a Nvidia 9600 with 512 or even 1024 mb of graphic ram.

RAM system memory, Minimum of 4 gig, But the more the merrier ( taking the 32/64 bit scenario into account )

Hard drives....Latest SATA 2 types, Size is up to you, How many is up to you and your mainboard spec.

After that its the usual bits & bobs......Smile

If your main thing is digital image work, Spend more on the monitor, Than on the box, Or at least a 60/40 ratio anyhow.....Wink
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
23 Jun 2009 1:21AM


Just on budget too......Smile Although a Dual Core, You could custom spec a quad.
lgc 13 62 England
23 Jun 2009 1:29AM
I had been lookin at something like this link[/link]http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161642/show_product_overview

together with a good monitor.
lgc 13 62 England
23 Jun 2009 1:43AM
to be honest Vince, after reading the feedback of Clockers I wouldnt touch them with a barge pole...!! but i see the type of spec that should be looking at.....
the monitor is a bit steep, i know you get what you pay for but shouldnt I spend more on the computer?????? and go for a good 22 inch
MeanGreeny 12 3.7k England
23 Jun 2009 8:32AM
What about getting the Shuttle Mini Barebones for a Core i7 [Linky Here] and adding the i7 Processor / RAM / GFX Card combination one by one when you can afford them ?

Just a thought...........

Edit. Ooops sorry. They seem to be pricier than I was previously informed. Still some of the more modest ones look pretty good

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