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#1 Roadscum

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:35 AM

Greetings people,

I live in the UK so please make sure your suggestions are available in my part of the world. Also worth noting that i'm a bit wary of Acer stuff, a mate of mine has had two of their laptops die on him with motherboard problems, both after only about 18 months use.

Despite having an extra 2GB of RAM (2.5GB in total), my 8 year old Dimension 4600 with its P4 2.66GHz processor seems a bit slow and creaky when working with RAW files. Time to get something new perhaps?

First question; Desktop or Laptop? The only upgrade i've made to my desktop since i got it was to stick some extra memory in it and i have neither the confidence nor inclination to do much else in the way of internal hardware tinkering, though i probably could if i really had to. In the past I haven't felt the need to get something portable, though i'm now wondering if something i could take with me to process pictures with when i go out snapping might come in handy, possibly even getting a mobile broadband dongle so i can upload stuff when i'm away from home.
Not really essential but possibly nice to have, what are the pros and cons?

My budget is about £400 though i could manage a bit more if it really made a big difference, it would be interesting to see the luxury options, if only to drool over...

The primary use of this machine would be Processing and editing RAW picture files, with web browsing and e-mail a close second. I sometimes watch streaming videos using the BBC iPlayer, watch DVDs and play music CDs, i also rip CDs to MP3s. I sometimes do a little word processing too.

Software used: Firefox, Thunderbird, Avast a/v, Comodo firewall, Superantispyware, Spybot SD, CCleaner, Silkypix Raw processor, Canon ZoomBrowser, Gimp, Photoshop Lightroom, OpenOffice, other odds and ends that could be changed or replaced without too much trouble.

Games? No games!

Do i have a lot of programmes running at the same time? Yes, sort of, usually Firefox and Thunderbird with Silkypix and ZoomBrowser. (edit) Oh and i'd like to be able to listen to music on the media player while i'm editing photos, is that a bit to much to expect without getting too expensive or unuseably slow?

Do i store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Most of my stuff is stored on external hard drives, i use the computer mainly for current, working stuff and temporary downloads, that amounts to about 80GB at the moment and could probably do with another good clear out and backup.

So, what should i look for and where might i find it?

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 11:19 PM

I'm srry but I don't know many uk web sites to help u I'll leave that for others but I will say I think u can get more for your money in a tower if u already have a monitor keyboard, mouse,etc... And I would expect a dual core processor or better .....4gb ddr3 ram ....500+gb HDD (u can get a tb drive now for around $75) ....a 75-in-1 card reader which are only like $20 ....u may have to use onboard graphics but I rhinkthey will still do fine

Srry about the us dollars idk what the conversion is :(
But for sure it will be easily 10x faster than what u have now I hope this helps a little
Good luck!!

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 05:52 AM

Thanks for you reply Blaze,

Looking at the current exchange rate, 400 is roughly Equal to $650, give or take a bit here or there.

To make this a bit easier, perhaps someone could give me the general specs for firstly a laptop and then a desktop box with a new monitor, bearing in mind the system will mostly be used for photo processing and doesn't need more than about 200GB on board storage as i mostly use external plug in hard drives.

Thinking about it, Bluetooth would be handy for both and WiFi essential for the laptop.

Availability and prices of stuff may be different here than where you are but some general specs would at least give me an idea of what to look for - i don't even know which processor to chose yet!

Thanks for your help!

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 08:23 AM

Lenovo G570 - 399.86inc. vat

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 08:27 AM

ok i found this UK site for products and they are aparently pretty good on prices and stuff so here is a parts list of things u can get in a desktop:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/monitors/20inchmonitors/dell/in2020.html 20" monitor E109.99
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/motherboards/amdam3allchipsetmotherboards/asus/90-mibdq5-g0eay0dz.html motherboard E76.98
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/powersupplies/corsair/cmpsu-600cxv2.html 600w psu(leaves room for future upgrades) E49.98
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/processors/amdathlonx2andx4/amd/adx255ocgmbox.html#top dual core processor E48.98
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/memory-pc/ddr3-pc3-10666/1333mhz/corsair/cmx4gx3m1a1333c9.html#top 4gb memory E39.98
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/opticaldrives/satadvdwriters/liteon/ihas224-19.html#top dvd/cd burner with lightscribe E18.98
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/harddrives-internal/sata500gbto1tb/seagate/st3500413as.html#top 500gb HDD (500gb was really the minimum size lol) E29.99
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cases/cases/coolermaster/rc-370-kkn1.html#top mid-tower case w/ 1 back fan E28.98
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/software/GFC-02050.html#top windows 7 home premium E79.99

Total Basket Ex VAT: 403.22 ex vat
Delivery Charge: 0.00 ex vat
Basket + Delivery Ex VAT: 403.22 ex vat
VAT @ 20%: 80.64
Total Basket Value: 483.86 inc vat

there is no shipping charge from this web site which was nice...if u can find the parts cheaper elsewhere by all mean go for it but all the parts i chose are from good companies. The motherboard has good onbord graphics that will work just fine, but has a slot for a future upgrade of a video card if u want that. But that is a general good build for a desktop PC. Sorry I went over but that is really the cheapest i could get with the monitor in there. Although if u want you could downsize on the monitor to save a little more money.

Bluetooth: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/networking/bluetooth/BT-USB-M2.html E9.98


As for laptops:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-Satellite-C660-1LD-Processor-Windows7/dp/B004XARRAE/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2

this is a good one...but as for the bluetooth it would be way cheaper to just get the adapter listed above because the laptops that i saw that had bluetooth were more around E500
o and the i3 is a dual core processor

the way pricing was i think it might just be better to get a laptop, but a plus to the desktop is that if it goes out of date u can just upgrade part by part (such as later adding a graphics card) which if u get the laptop u would have to buy a whole new one...just some things to think about :)

good luck!!!

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

Thanks very much for your help! If you're ever in London give me a shout and i'll buy you a pint!

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 10:49 AM

hahaha dont think i am but that would be great!

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 04:45 PM

It's rare to find bluetooth to be intergrated onto a motherboard nowadays.

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