Which PC to choose from the two on Ebay

  erkmatrix 09:36 06 Sep 07
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I've got about £1200 to spend, just got sick of my machine that I got last year from PCSpecialist not performing upto scratch with photoshop CS so thought I may as well get a new one that has a fast spec to be able to handle anything, I want the most bang for my buck and have looked at cube247 and mesh but heard bad customer service well I got that from PCspecialist too so thought maybe one of these independant shops who trade on ebay is the way to go, certainly good feedback from both of these guys.

Anyway can anyone advise which they would choose out of these two or if they know any good deals from a good PC company website with a good reputation.

Also is there anything like motherboard or something you would recommend upgrading a little.

One last question, with my old machine is it worth selling the parts off or as a whole machine second hand or just keeping it as a second PC. With it been second hand probably wouldn't get much for it but did pay around £800 last summer for it.

INTEL CORE 2 EXTREME QUAD CORE SOCKET 775 Q6600 OVERCLOCKED 4x3.00 GHz WATERCOOLED QUAD CORE PC with 64 BIT TECHNOLOGY & 8 MB L2 Cache, 4096MB DDR2 667 MHz DUAL CHANNEL RAM, DUAL LAYER 16 X DVD +/- RW, 500 GB SATA HARD DRIVE & THE ULTIMATE NVIDIA 8800 GTX 768 MB GRAPHICS ALL IN A STUNNING PREMODDED THERMALTAKE SOPRANO CASE WITH CUSTOM XSPC WATERCOOLING...

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Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 CPU
Quad Core 4 x 2.4 Ghz
1066 FSB, 2 x4mb Advanced cache, EM64T
Pre-Built & Tested
Asus P5N32-E- SLi Plus Motherboard
Featuring Nvidia NForce 650i SLi Chipset 1066/1333 O/C FSB
2 x PCI-express 16 Slots, 2 x PCI Slots
7.1 Audio, Gigabit LAN, 6 x USB2 Ports
Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX 768mb PCI-Ex Graphics Card
Including 4Gb ( 4096mb) DDR2-800 Ram
500Gb SATA2 Hard Drive

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Cheers
Phil

  easyvibe 09:49 06 Sep 07

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  citadel 09:52 06 Sep 07

you could build your own and have everything you want, an asus ip35 motherboard, this will allow you to upgrade to the new intel cpu's when they come out, quad cpu, memory etc of your choice.

  Totally-braindead 11:53 06 Sep 07

Cougar seem to be getting good press and Novatech are one of the best, if not the best for customer service so personally I would be looking at them.

  erkmatrix 12:41 06 Sep 07

Cheers for the advice but had a look at Cougar and thought they were a little over priced with Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40Ghz (£545.43)woh

Novatech look OK though.

  cycoze 12:42 06 Sep 07

I think before shelling out a big wad of cash i would look into why PS was not running up to scratch on Your old machine, if it is only a year old from PCSpecialist it has to be a fairly decent machine.

I think a second hard drive used as a scratch disk is very valuable when using PS, something You may want to think about when getting a new machine or looking into Your old one.

  I am Spartacus 13:06 06 Sep 07

I've just had a look at Cougar systems the price you quote of £545 is for a base unit including the Q6600 not for the processor alone.

  erkmatrix 13:25 06 Sep 07

I did have a second external drive that I used as a scratch disk but still ran slow. It is annoying I know, I've I knew how I'd try to upgrade this machine but don't know how to install motherboads.

Cheers I am Spartacus I thought that sounded very expensive should of known it must be the base unit with processor

  erkmatrix 13:53 06 Sep 07

Yeah Cougar don't sound bad actually, do they have any review/awards from any magazines, say been going since 1989, just never heard of them.

prices certainly are good

  I am Spartacus 15:14 06 Sep 07

An external hard disk isn't generally fast enough to use as a scratch disk. An external e-sata drive would probably be OK though.

I use a RAID mirror setup on 2 disks as my scratch disk for video editing (with a separate OS and a Data disk as well).

If you search for Cougar in here you'll find a lot of positive comments.

  erkmatrix 16:06 06 Sep 07

Oh right thats maybe it, still think the xternal might be a e-sata drive but doesn't seem to make any difference, the problem is mainly if I'm working with big files and I move it sometimes my Onscreen tools dissapear , and you have to click repeativly on screen for them to come back, never used to do it on photoshop 7.

I think Cougar could be the way to go as they give a cheap price on their media PC of having 400gb hard drive and a second 400gb hard drive, then could I use one for a scratch disk, I don't know what RAID mirror means, sorry.

Also like the prices of click here but again don't know if they are good for customer service.

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