I want a new computer

Hello all

I haven't brought a new computer for about 5 years and to be honest the technology has passed me by with the newer AMD and intel processors and i'm not too sure which is best.

I want to be doing quite a lot of work in Photoshop (we have a new camera) Now my laptop 4yrs old is fine for this but the screen is small so I want a new desktop.

I won't be playing many games but when I do play Championship manager I dont want to sit around for ages.

I know I want at least 1gig of ram but ideally 2 gig.

Can anyone point me to a decent computer spec and any ideas where to get a decent price.

I am in the UK

Many thanks in advance
heleeAsked:
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PCBONEZCommented:
Honestly they are both pretty darned kick-ass these days.
Which you like is more of a personal preference thing.

Stick to a CPU with at least 512k cache (I said at least, more is better.)
For your use anything over a 2 GHz CPU is 'nice' but you don't ~really~ need it. (More is better.)
1 gig of RAM should be fine, though, I dunno that game.
- Most main stream internet servers only have 1 gig of RAM but they don't usually use XP.
- Start with 1 gig. If you need more then add it later. (Over 2 gig Ram is a waste for most people.)

Pay attention to the specs on the Video Card (or function).
Make sure it supports at least DirectX 9 ... Preferably 9.0c ..
(One of those things that may bite you later on.)

If the laptop does the job and the only real issue is a bigger screen then consider an external monitor.
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heleeAuthor Commented:
No the laptop has limited space now and is an older machine.

It is time to upgrade the desktop

Lee
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nobusCommented:
if you want the best for your dollar, buy DELL.
what about the XPS series :   http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/desktops?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
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PCBONEZCommented:
Are you going to build or buy?
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heleeAuthor Commented:
i'd rather buy but i would consider building
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PCBONEZCommented:
I build vice buy so I would be biased against your d'ruthers and rattle on about building.

Stick to a major brand. I dunno who has a presence in the UK.

nobus's suggestion was good.
Dell is good if you stay with the business class machines.
The cheapie Dell 'consumer' or 'home' class machines however are about on a par with eMachines and I would stay away from those. (Some of those end up being good machines but some are junk (proprietary, not upgradable, parts-picky, lousy integrated video and no upgrade slot) and you really can't tell which is which until you've had one for a while.)
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heleeAuthor Commented:
Hmmm but Dell uk is different to the us site he linked to

I cant see the system he linked to on the UK site!!

So tell me dual core processor or pentium 4? If dual what model I see 920 or 940 but I dont understand them!!

Also what speed should I be looking at 3.2ghz?
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PCBONEZCommented:
3.2GHz is a good target in todays pre-made PC market.

Intel changed how they name processors.... Just to confuse everyone I think...
This will help you make heads/tail of it all.
http://processorfinder.intel.com/scripts/default.asp

I'm finding this combination makes for a very strong system.
My 'target' lately in so far as a good balance of cost/performance in desktops has been single core 2.8 +/- GHz P4 Prescotts with 1M cache. I look for i865 boards that support dual channel memory. I use 1GB of memory.
~ I'm one that builds them though and I'm poor. (Or is that cheap?) .. And.....
I have no need or desire to be 'leading edge' at all and I'm quite happy to follow the technology curve a couple years behind. - It's much less expensive, an upgrade is still an upgrade, and all the 'issues' have solutions by the time I have to deal with them.
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heleeAuthor Commented:
I agree  don't want to be leading edge, it's overpriced i'm happy to be 1 or 2 steps down the ladder so to speak
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heleeAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in replying I have had a check and listened to whats been said

How about this is this reasonably priced for the spec I see they have deals on and would this be ample for what I want

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=D05515&rbc=D05515&s=dhs&sbc=ukdhsrsdimen_5150_3

Many thanks
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PCBONEZCommented:
More than adequate..
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heleeAuthor Commented:
I get xp home with tht is it worth upgrading to xp pro or xp media?

How stable is xp media?

Lee
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nobusCommented:
>>    it worth upgrading to xp pro or xp media?   <<  that depends on you, PRO for networking, media for media applications
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heleeAuthor Commented:
well I will network it with a laptop and my old slow desktop but really it's just to share my broadband connection via a router

I might share a printer as well

Lee
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heleeAuthor Commented:
i still can't find out if xp media will benefit me what extras will it add that I can't already get?

If I get a tv tuner graphics card will i still be able to see TV on a xp home edition version of windows?

Thanks once more i'm about to buy the computer so as soon as i get my last question answered i'll award the points.

Thanks for all your help guys
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heleeAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot guys I split the points as both had an input and helped me a lot.

Lee (waiting for his new PC 7/10 days)
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nobusCommented:
thanks - and have fun
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