Looking for buying advice! Help greatly appreciated.

  dcon13 23:56 07 Sep 2011

Hey all, I'm buying a used pc and all of these are in and around my budget. Haven't a clue which is best though as I don't know much about the the spec end of things. It'll be used for entirely for graphic design so whatever is capable of handling that the best. I'll just paste the details of a few I'm looking at and let me know what you think might be best...


3Ghz AMD Phenom II processor.

1GB HDMI ready graphics card.


250GB HardDrive

2x DVD/RW Drives

8x USB 2.0 Ports

1x FireWire 400 port

Dolby Surround Sound Support

2x HDMI ports (1 on graphics card, 1 of motherboard)


19" inch screen

VGA connection

Built-in USB port


Asus P5K with Intel core 2 duo E6550 @ 2.33Ghz 3 Go RAM Geforce 8600 GT 1 Sata HD 250 Go + 1 IDE HD 300 Go DVD RW Antec case (sonata family)

22" Samsung SyncMaster DVI (1680x1050)

Logitech keyboard and mouse Trust 2.1 Speakers


MOBO: Ausus Basswood

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400

RAM: 2x1G OCZ @ 667 Mhz

Graphics: Radeon X1600 IceQ 512MB

HDD: Samsung 250GB


2.5gHz processor. 2gb ddr3 ram. 1.5TB and 250GB hard drives


Dual Boot System Windows 7 Ultimate Professional and Ubuntu 11.04

2x 19"Flat Screen Samsung SyncMaster & LG Electronics L1919S

Quad Core Processor :AMD Athlon II X4 620 @ 2600MHz

512MB Dedicated Graphics Card :NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS

Corsair DDR3-SDRAM : 2048MB (2 x 1024)

DVD Drive : Optiarc DVD RW AD-7173A

1TB Hard Drive : SAMSUNG HD103UJ ATA Device

Mother Board : Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H with 7.1 Surround Sound

  johndrew 12:32 10 Sep 2011

I believe the best PC for graphic design to be a Mac, but these may be out of your price range.

Perhaps the best bet would be for you to go to a large PC outlet (like PC World?) and try a number of the display models to see which suits you best.

You should also note that although speed, memory and display are important so is the software you choose.

  Forum Editor 18:40 10 Sep 2011

For graphic design work you ideally need:-

  1. A high-quality display
  2. Lots of RAM - creating and editing big graphic files is memory intensive.
  3. A fast CPU
  4. A decent graphics card with plenty of onboard memory.
  finerty 20:43 10 Sep 2011

at what price? used pc's dont come with a warranty.

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