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  • Neverness 14 Jun 2011 14:37:00 1,186 posts
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    Help!

    My PC died the other day taking one hard drive and graphics card when it went. Basically a wire got caught around a case fan, then the wife closed the cupboard door the base is stored in, and it over heated.

    Logically I now need a new PC, the old one was very old (AGP etc.) so it isn't really worth my while replacing the busted parts, plus I think one of the memory sims is dead but I cant check now. I used to know a scary amount about PCs. but now I seem to have been left in the dark somewhat so need a bit of advice on what I would need/should look for in an attempt to kerb my desire to go high end.

    The PC would need to be suitable for photo editing (Lightroom, Photoshop, large RAW files) and the general office, web stuff, games I will have to accept are beyond my budget so the 360 will be fine for that. I don't need a new monitor (though would eventually), keyboard, mouse. I guess a barebones system from Novatech or overclockers would be ideal, but what should I look for?

    Thanks peeps.

    Also, what monitors do people recomend? Mine is an old ilyama which hasn't got a great max res nor refresh rate so it would be nice to upgrade.
  • PhoenixFlames 14 Jun 2011 14:38:12 8,899 posts
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    Obligatory - get an iMac.

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • Neverness 14 Jun 2011 14:42:44 1,186 posts
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    That could also be an option.
  • speedofthepuma 14 Jun 2011 14:44:38 13,266 posts
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    Definitely get an iMac, best thing I ever bought and I agonised for years. I do so much more with it than I ever did with the PC.

    I've turned off all the avatars and crap, so don't expect me to be impressed by yours.

  • nickthegun 14 Jun 2011 14:45:39 58,805 posts
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    Anything with at least an i3 and a load of memory will eat the work you want it to do.

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    He totally called it

  • Neverness 14 Jun 2011 14:50:15 1,186 posts
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    @Fluffy. Just looked at the imac prices...waaaaaaaaaay beyond my budget anyway. Pus 1k for an i5 processor seems a bit steep. I am looking for 'bang for buck' to be honest.

    Ok, so i3/i5 seems to be ideal. Do I need a graphics card, or do I stick with onboard?
  • Neverness 14 Jun 2011 15:04:56 1,186 posts
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    I had looked at the Dells, but the i5s seemed to start at over 500 which is beyond me at the moment.
  • henro_ben 14 Jun 2011 15:09:27 2,211 posts
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    If you're looking for a reasonable cheap monitor for editing the Dell 2209 WA is nice little number, IPS screen & good colour. You can pick 'em up for under 150 on ebay - which is where I got mine.
  • Neverness 14 Jun 2011 15:11:33 1,186 posts
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    Ta. I had forgotten about the custom stuff. I will look into it.

    Thanks for the help people. I think I know where to go with this now.
  • Neverness 14 Jun 2011 15:12:47 1,186 posts
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    henro_ben wrote:
    If you're looking for a reasonable cheap monitor for editing the Dell 2209 WA is nice little number, IPS screen & good colour. You can pick 'em up for under 150 on ebay - which is where I got mine.

    I think that was the kind of monitor I was after, mine is terrible at reproducing images so I need something better. I will look at that as well.

    Thanks Henro.
  • henro_ben 14 Jun 2011 15:17:26 2,211 posts
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    Neverness wrote:

    I think that was the kind of monitor I was after, mine is terrible at reproducing images so I need something better. I will look at that as well.

    Thanks Henro.

    I spent ages hunting out a reasonably priced/speced monitor & this was it - have been impressed so far with it, coming up for a year's use & no problems at all. Worth getting a second hand spyder or equivilent for calibrating if you get one.

    The 24" version seems to go for 300 + but I've seen some real bargins for the 22" version.
  • Spin_Dr_Wolf 14 Jun 2011 16:27:44 6,170 posts
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  • Neverness 14 Jun 2011 19:15:12 1,186 posts
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    I saw the 22" for 165 refurbished on eBay so might go for that along with a cheepish pc. I have a pantone Huey pro calibration thing which works well.
  • henro_ben 14 Jun 2011 19:21:26 2,211 posts
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    That's the seller I got mine from, they obviously specialise in refurbs - apart from a teeny tiny scratch on the back of the case it looked like new when I got mine.
  • Neverness 14 Jun 2011 23:56:45 1,186 posts
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    Excellent. I will probably order one tomorrow, even though I wasn't planning to get a monitor yet...
  • Neverness 22 Jun 2011 16:11:59 1,186 posts
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    Got the monitor the other day. Really is lovely and, as far as I can tell, as good as new. Thanks for the heads up Henro, it really does make editing photos easier. Still not received the new PC but that will come sometime this/next week.
  • henro_ben 22 Jun 2011 16:19:16 2,211 posts
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    Glad it worked out - you get a lot of bang for your buck with those Dells, cheapest IPS screens I've seen anywhere.

    I think I spent the first few hours being stupidly impressed you could change it from landscape to portrait format - I'm easily pleased though ;-)
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