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Hello

I would like some opinions on what to purchase for a business pc that will only be used for email, word processing, dreamweaver and photoshop.

This will strictly be used for storing important files and documents so a very dependable HDD or SSD? Maybe Raid??

I would like to keep cost down maybe $300.

There will be no web surfing, gaming or movies on this pc.

Thanks

Walter.
Edited by turboa4 - 3/7/11 at 9:29pm
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Photoshop requirements alone will put you over $300. Unless you want it to be horribly slow at rendering.
    
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I don't get it.. you will use it for email, but no internet will be available on it?

Well... I think the best performance per buck for a photoshop usage would be the cheapest phenom 2 you can find, along with a 2tb spinpoint f4, onboard video on the cheapest mobo that has one, generic ram, generic case with generic psu...


then you can get around that 300 bucks mark
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ok. so what will i need? I can up the money if that is whats needed.
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I don't get it.. you will use it for email, but no internet will be available on it?

Well... I think the best performance per buck for a photoshop usage would be the cheapest phenom 2 you can find, along with a 2tb spinpoint f4, onboard video on the cheapest mobo that has one, generic ram, generic case with generic psu...


then you can get around that 300 bucks mark

Sorry. I meant will be using outlook email. just not surfing web on this computer.
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I would suggest something along the lines of the athlon II x3, the price performance ratio is very good and runs at very low temps. They run for 70~USD depending on which one you choose.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-920-_-Product
$71

I found this motherboard to be pretty decent, my friend bought two for himself
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157226
50$

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098
$40

That leaves you with about 140 to play with, I would spend roughly 60 on a decent graphics card for photoshop and the last 80~ can be distributed to your psu,case, hdd and optical drive. Since it is a office pc I would just stick with a stock case and power supply and get a larger harddrive but you might have to up your budget there.

Hope this helps !
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Photoshop requirements alone will put you over $300. Unless you want it to be horribly slow at rendering.
In 1990, version 1.0 of photoshop was released. It operated on machines with speeds around 8-33MHZ. Over the years, the capabilities of photoshop have expanded significantly, and so have the file sizes people commonly work with, however, the speed of the computers running photoshop has increased at a faster rate than either the typical file size or the complexities of the program, especially in recent years with multi-core processors going mainstream.

The reality is that, photoshop runs beautifully on almost any modern hardware. Most common 5-10MP shots taken on typical modern digicams will be opened, have a few quick little adjustments made, and then be exported in mere moments on even the lowliest of CPUs available on the market today. An Athlon II X2 would be more than adequate for everyday common photoshop touch-up work.

If the machine is intended as a dedicated photo-shop powerhouse for dealing with abnormally large files (like taking hundreds of RAWS and splicing them together to make an enormous panoramic), then that is a different story, and spending more than $300 would be a good idea.

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Yea, and in 1990, a 33mhz processor was state of the art and costed hundreds of dollars.
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I would suggest something along the lines of the athlon II x3, the price performance ratio is very good and runs at very low temps. They run for 70~USD depending on which one you choose.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-920-_-Product
$71

I found this motherboard to be pretty decent, my friend bought two for himself
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157226
50$

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098
$40

That leaves you with about 140 to play with, I would spend roughly 60 on a decent graphics card for photoshop and the last 80~ can be distributed to your psu,case, hdd and optical drive. Since it is a office pc I would just stick with a stock case and power supply and get a larger harddrive but you might have to up your budget there.

Hope this helps !
If you spend $10-15 more on an AM3 board, you can get a 2x2GB (DDR3) kit for the same price as the 2x1GB DDR2 kit listed. I would not suggest buying into an AM2 based platform at this time.

The Athlon II X3 would be a great choice though, I very much agree with the price/performance ratio here. I have played around with everyday computing on my propus with various numbers of cores disabled. When running as an X3 equivalent there is absolutely no distinguishable speed difference unless I am timing a multi-threaded CPU intensive task.

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Hello

I would like some opinions on what to purchase for a business pc that will only be used for email, word processing, dreamweaver and photoshop.

This will strictly be used for storing important files and documents so a very dependable HDD or SSD? Maybe Raid??

I would like to keep cost down maybe $300.

There will be no web surfing, gaming or movies on this pc.

Thanks

Walter.
Are you near a MicroCenter? You can't beat their AMD CPU + mobo deals.
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