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Hi, My brother is giving me his computer because he is upgrading. This is the following speccy of my computer to be

Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation 64-bit
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Intel Core i7 980 @ 3.33GHz 40 °C
Gulftown 32nm Technology
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12.0 GB Triple-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
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ASUSTeK Computer INC. P6X58D PREMIUM (LGA1366) 30 °C
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PL2710HD (1920x1080@60Hz)
PL2710HD (1920x1080@60Hz)
512MB GeForce 9800 GT (XFX Pine Group) 65 °C
Hard Drives
1863GB Hitachi HDS723020BLA642 ATA Device (SATA) 39 °C
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EARX-00PASB0 (SATA) 29 °C
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DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS70
Audio
High Definition Audio Device

I will use the computer solely for Photoshop and design (not 3D). I am going to upgrade the RAM and also the graphics card because my monitor is 2560 × 1440 in resolution. Basically my questions are what upgrades in general would people advise for this spec? And what Graphics Card would people advise for this spec using Photoshop? I also want to get a SSD for the operating system etc. Thank you in advance for any help smile.gif
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Holy crap, nice hand-me-down. You have a great PC there smile.gif

For graphics cards, do you have a preference for AMD or Nvidia, and will you be playing any games on this system down the road?

TL:DR Whats your budget for upgrades?
Edited by Wheezo - 3/16/13 at 4:22pm
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smile.gif Thanks Wheezo my bro has decided to get an Apple and I'm not going to argue lol.

No I wont be gaming at all.

As for AMD and Nvidia I have been advised on this forum that a lot of the features will be wasted if i get an Nvidia as I am only using it for photoshop. That is as far as my knowledge goes on graphics cards!! I suppose my budget is around £200.

I actually noticed this card in my news feed which sounds quite good for the money??
http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/graphics-cards/club3d-hd-7870-xt-jokercard-1134784/review?src=rss&attr=all

Thanks for your advice WolfGeneral that card looks amazing! I've also heard before that i need a card with a lot of VRAM is that the number of CUDA cores or am i getting confused?

I'm open to getting either a Nvidia or AMD so I'm still undecided. One thing i definitely need is the graphics accelerated features in Photoshop to work really well - that's a priority because my current card sucks at this.

Thanks again for all your help smile.gif
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Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation 64-bit

You may want a full copy of windows too
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post #6 of 12
read this article it might be helpful.

As for the videocard, the gtx 660 would be fine.
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No need to upgrade any components besides the graphics card, in my opinion.

Very solid build you got handed. thumb.gif

Upgrade the GPU and add in some SSD's if your budget allows
     
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Honestly, I would think about parting it out an building yourself a 2011 PC. That i7 980 would be worth a i7 3930K, the motherboard might get you an entry level asrock 2011 board, the video card might bet you a can of beans tongue.gif

You can get an extra Dimm of ram and have your quad channel memory.

The extra performance would be quite impressive.
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Thanks again for your replies. Sorry been working. Thank you xnuw that was a really helpful article smile.gif Yes I will get a full copy of windows as well.. I'm glad people think I'm inheriting an ok computer. I will definetely max out the RAM for Photoshop, Get an SSD for system drive and upgrade the graphics card. Then i will leave it at that i think smile.gif Thanks again for all of your inputs
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Thanks again for your replies. Sorry been working. Thank you xnuw that was a really helpful article smile.gif Yes I will get a full copy of windows as well.. I'm glad people think I'm inheriting an ok computer. I will definetely max out the RAM for Photoshop, Get an SSD for system drive and upgrade the graphics card. Then i will leave it at that i think smile.gif Thanks again for all of your inputs

You're inheriting a more than "ok" computer. thumb.gif
     
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