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#1
Hi Dave,

I'm wanting a system to run xp but would like it to be fast and be able to run Photoshop. Also to be capable to run 7 if needed. What kind of board & chip would you recommend from somewhere like eBay?

Many thanks
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#2
i would go for the i5 to save money ste.

let me know how much you have or wish to spend and i will look over ebay for you.

the i3 would really not be my first choice in anything to do with photo editing.

keep in mind microsoft are still saying they are stopping support for xp this year.
not a massive problem but make sure you have a good anti-virus and firewall on the xp machine.

for info the site is going down tonight, i have every intention of switching it over to my home address.
don't worry i will be working on getting it back up asap

if the site is down and you need to email me please do as i will answer you, click the contact us page on the site and that will give you my address
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#3
Cheers Dave still have you're email id. i have psu / case / hd so just need the motherboard ram and chip. i will be using the machine for my vinyl cutter and xp is the most stable to run that kind of software. a com port on the board would be a bonus. i have maybe £100 - £200 was after something second hand
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#4
com port your be lucky mate but i will check that out on ebay later today.
some motherboards have a com port header so i will keep that in mind.

might also look at the upper end AMD systems as they are cheaper and some
much better then the i3.
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#5
Thanks dave
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#6
Ste!! Wrote:a com port on the board would be a bonus
You can purchase a USB to Serial adaptor. Beware of eBay ones as they tend to have bogus chips in them. Aten do a really good one that I use on Cisco switches & Wireless Access Points.

This one cost me about AUD$30 http://www.aten.com/products/USB-&-FireWire/USB-Converters/USB-to-Serial-Converter~UC232A.html#.UxD7iPO4bDc
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#7
(02-28-2014, 09:12 PM)biggles77 Wrote:
Ste!! Wrote:a com port on the board would be a bonus
You can purchase a USB to Serial adaptor. Beware of eBay ones as they tend to have bogus chips in them. Aten do a really good one that I use on Cisco switches & Wireless Access Points.

This one cost me about AUD$30 http://www.aten.com/products/USB-&-FireWire/USB-Converters/USB-to-Serial-Converter~UC232A.html#.UxD7iPO4bDc

Thanks Biggles, i have a keyspan adapter at the moment but it doesn't like my current setup, yet the cheaper serial adapter works.. very strange hopefully everything should be ok on a desktop with xp.. as i'm using my laptop at present.
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#8
there is this one i think you should keep a eye on ste.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Asus-P8Z77-V-LX-Motherboard-Intel-FC-LGA12C-Core-i5-3450-Processor-combo-/221382534651?pt=UK_Motherboards_CPUs&hash=item338b6d65fb#ht_59wt_1399

that would make a reasonable system but i would not pay no more then £150 as it is second hand

and this one brand new would make a very cheap system but it would be limited by the motherboard
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-Core-I5-4440-3-1Ghz-Gigabyte-H81M-S2PV-Motherboard-Cooler-Pc-Bundle-/141097519198?pt=UK_Motherboards_CPUs&hash=item20da11485e#ht_3702wt_1399

and this AMD system is ultra cheap if money is a problem
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AMD-A6-6400K-4-1Ghz-4GB-Corsair-Gigabyte-F2A55M-HD2-Board-8470D-GFX-Bundle-/121204956906?pt=UK_Motherboards_CPUs&hash=item1c3860deea#ht_4464wt_1399

and last but not least this is one of the best chips AMD do and its a very close match to the i5
this is a 8 core monster
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AMD-X8-Core-FX-8350-4-0Ghz-ASUS-M5A78L-M-USB3-Board-CPU-Bundle-/150946558067?pt=UK_Motherboards_CPUs&hash=item23251db073#ht_3843wt_1399

don't count out AMD as some of their stuff is really not too bad but as per normal heat is a problem.
they never have managed to fully sort that out.

let me know what one you are thinking about and i will do a read up on the motherboard and see if it has a com port header.
another thing you should keep in mind some of the newer boards do not support xp but i think we might be able to find a work round.
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#9
did you win that i5 ste ?
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#10
No missed it, might go for the amd
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