Recommended Desktop

  JJBuckland 21:52 26 Jul 2009

I have had a good look around but have lost touch with the latest technologies, especially when it comes to processors so would like some help in choosing a new pc for university.

My budget is £500 and it will mainly be used to run the adobe CS3 software suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver etc.). I don’t play PC games but I do a lot of graphics work and will often have 10-20 windows open. Currently, I use Windows XP and have no problems with it so vista/windows 7 is not an absolute must but is preferred.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, James

  OTT_Buzzard 22:28 26 Jul 2009

It sounds like you're a big multi-tasker, so quad core is the wqay forward for you. It's a touch over your budget, but the PC below is from Cougar Extreme:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83 Ghz 12Mb Cache
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 (2 x 2gb)
500GB SATA Hard Drive
ATI 4670 512MB PCI Express DDR DVI
QCE- MSI G31M3 - INT - 1333FSB DDR2 800x2 G31 chipset
DVD+/- RW - 18X Samsung Lightscribe
No Floppy Disk Drive
Integrated Sound Card
64 BIT Windows Vista Home Premiem
13 Month Warranty
Free Carriage

Total: £518.69

The graphics card isn't the worlds greatest, but will do a pretty reasonable job. I've spec'd a 64 bit operating system which should help speed things up for you. Check compatibility with your existing hardware / software.


  OTT_Buzzard 22:28 26 Jul 2009
  JJBuckland 22:34 26 Jul 2009

Will the software I have runing on my 32 bit system run on a 64 bit system or will I need to buy new software? Mainly the adobe programs im worried about.

  OTT_Buzzard 22:52 26 Jul 2009

click here

Looks like it will be ok, but i can't find the original source. Searching around on google, there are a lot of people asking the same question and the resounding answer is that it will run on 64 bit.

  JJBuckland 22:55 26 Jul 2009

Thanks for all the help, does the pc you posted come with the windows 7 upgrade? Also, does cougar extreme have a good reputation as I've never heard of them before?

  OTT_Buzzard 23:08 26 Jul 2009

Cougar Extreme have a very good reputation and there are several people on this forum who would recommend using them.

I can't find anything on their website about W7 upgrades. Best give them a call to find out.....

  JJBuckland 23:10 26 Jul 2009

Ok thanks for all the help, one last thing, which CPU did you select? As I the quotes I'm getting for the same spec are cheaper than the one you quoted but im selecting a 650W Power Cool CPU

  OTT_Buzzard 23:43 26 Jul 2009

Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor

  Armchair 08:44 27 Jul 2009

If you want something decent, but don't plan to upgrade much, this one might do for you

click here

  Okimot 13:22 28 Jul 2009

Have just bought a new computer from a local shop with excellent after sales service as I have had a couple of problems. It cost £500 and was built to my specification.
This is
Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower
EZCool 650 Watt PSU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 CPU
ASUS P5QL/EPU Motherboard
4GB DDR 2 Corsair Dominator 800 MHZ RAM
ATI RADEON HD3870 Graphics card
Seagate 750GB Hard Drive
Pioneer 217 SATA DUAL layer Writer
EXT Floppy disc drive
Windows Vista Home Premium & disc & Licence
USB Mouse.

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