11 Replies Latest reply on Sep 2, 2010 3:44 PM by Scott Chichelli

    Which PC to buy?


      Looking into getting a desktop at the moment, mainly for image and video work (Photoshop CS5, Illustrator, possibly AfterEffects etc.) + basic stuff like documents and web browsing (I have the Xbox for gaming). Here's a bunch of specs I'm aiming for:



      [*]Windows 7

      [*]4GB RAM (could settle for 3, but 4 is definitely preferred)

      [*]64-bit Processor



      Don't want to spend anything over €800/850 if I can avoid it.


      Went into PC World yesterday and spotted the following:



      http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pavilion-slimline-s5508uk-m-desktop-pc-with-monitor-06318 514-pdt.html

      http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pavilion-s5545uk-p-desktop-pc-with-monitor-printer-063185 15-pdt.html (Includes printer)http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/acer-aspire-z5600-04144142-pdt.html?srcid=369&xtor=AL-11 (Couldn't find exact model on website, this is closest. Store model had Intel Dual Core 5300 processor)



      Prices (converted to Euro) include €50 for Norton security, which I'll decline for a discount (I'd rather use Avast).




      Argos also had the following that I was interested in:






      I'm leaning towards the Acer (1st link in Argos products) but have been told on other forums that AMD and Adobe don't work very well together. Also, I'd rather buy than build, as I've got zero experience in building and would prefer not to learn how to build at this time.



      Any help/advice appreciated

        • 1. Re: Which PC to buy?
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          Keep on saving. € 800/850 is not enough to get a basic system if you build it yourself, let alone when you buy a pre-configured system. Look here: Adobe Forums: What PC to build?


          If you are contemplating AVCHD or other difficult codecs, do not consider anything less than the economical version. The basic version is just that, basic for DV only.


          All the links you gave are way underpowered and not worth the expenditure. AMD is out, anything less than an i7-930/950 is out, 4 GB is not enough, less than 3 SATA disks is out, etc.

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          • 2. Re: Which PC to buy?
            PJ_Tierney Level 1

            Thanks for the input, I'll definitely consider it

            Worst-case scenario though, if I had to choose one of the above, which would you recommend?

            • 3. Re: Which PC to buy?
              Doughboy12 Level 1

              Not to put words in his mouth but if you look at his first three words, I think you will find the answer...!

              • 4. Re: Which PC to buy?
                Harm Millaard Level 7

                Simple answer: NONE. I would not advise to invest in an unpowered system to start with. If you invest, you must make sure that you can at least enjoy it during it's economical life-span, if not its technical life-span and none of these systems meet that requirement. Hence my recommendation to keep saving before you invest.


                I know this is not the answer you were looking for, but be realistic. If you can afford a costly software package like PR5, you ought to be able to mate that to a decent PC, not some under performing machine that will give you headaches all the time.

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                • 5. Re: Which PC to buy?
                  PJ_Tierney Level 1

                  Okay, I'll keep looking into more options.

                  • 6. Re: Which PC to buy?
                    John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    Ready Made Video Editing PC

                    • 7. Re: Which PC to buy?

                      Building or buying a PC for video editing takes as long as earning the money to pay for it.

                      When CS3 came out I did all the research and found that my number one graphics card

                      was unattainable so I closed my eyes and picked the newest one out.  Three years later

                      I find that my high octane 32bit XP3 couldn't be used for CS5. So now I was back to researching.


                      Mid Tower Enermax Chakra for my PC case.

                      installed an 850 watt coolermaster power supply.

                      Asus P6X58D Mother board

                      Intell Core I7 -930 Processor

                      12 gbs DDR3 1333 Ram

                      2 500 gb sata 2 Hard drives 7200 rpm 16m cache

                      2 Samsung DVDRW sata drives

                      EVGA GTX470 graphics board (GTX285 was no where to be found)

                      Last but not least Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64 bit


                      When my treasure hunt was over I went in Harms way and follow our forums

                      advice on how to make the graphics board work.  I'm old enough to have used

                      a 1401 autocoder and remember wiring (yes, I said wire) the printing format.

                      So "cmd.exe" was not foreign to me.  finding the file already being correct was

                      a little confusing.  So all I had to do was add the GTX 470 board to the notepad

                      file and so far everything has worked since then.


                      The system only cost me less than 2,200.00 and was built for me by an independent

                      computer store around the corner for a $65.00 service charge. 


                      If only I had a few good opinions on what monitor to use.


                      I thank the people of the forums for their wit, wisdom, and opinions,

                      because nobody writes instruction manuals any more.



                      • 8. Re: Which PC to buy?
                        PJ_Tierney Level 1

                        To be entirely honest, video is something I rarely see myself doing, so I won't be using a PC that's optimised for that, just one that's optimised for static media (Photoshop, Illustrator, inDesign).

                        • 9. Re: Which PC to buy?
                          Harm Millaard Level 7

                          That honesty pays, because if you hardly will be using PR and AE, the Basic configuration I linked to earlier will be quite sufficient and if the majority of your work will be stills or webdesign, you can get away with only two disks, you don't need an advanced video card, any sub $ 100 card will do, and more than 6 GB memory seems overkill if you are on a tight budget.

                          • 10. Re: Which PC to buy?
                            PJ_Tierney Level 1

                            Many thanks again. In Art College* I was blessed with CS4 and 8GB RAM but had to make do at home with only 2GB on a laptop, which is fine for most common PS Stuff.


                            *just finished 4 years of Sculpture and Combined Media, and while I like AfterEffects etc., Photoshop's the thing I'm most passionate about, as I stuck with it and self-trained myself to a (relatively) decent standard Sample of my final project (AE, SB, PR, ID and a bit of PS) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpbUsZp77GI


                            Either way, thanks for your input, it's helped me out quite a bit

                            • 11. Re: Which PC to buy?
                              Scott Chichelli Level 3


                              Since you are in the UK i recommend looking at Scan.

                              of all the system builders over there they are by far the best.


                              and John thanks for the props!