Estimate Computer Performance?

Estimate Performance February 2, 2009 at 09:06:10
Specs: Windows XP SP3
Hey guys and girls,

i just ordered the pieces for my new computer, and i do know quite a bit about computers, and i would just like to know how you think the new computer will perform, i already have my own opinion, and now i'd like yours, so here is a list of everything in the computer:

Processor:INTEL CORE 2 QUAD Q6600 2.4 Ghz Socket 775 Bus 1066 Mhz 0.065µ

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-73PVM-S2 - nVidia GeForce 7100 - Micro ATX - Socket 775

Hard Drive: 500 GB WESTERN DIGITAL 16 MB 7200 RPM SATA 2 WD5000AAKS

Video/Graphics Card: ASUS nVidia EN9400GT SILENT/HTP 512 Mo DDR2 PCI-e HDTV/DVI-I

RAM/Memory: 2 x KINGMAX 2 GB DDR2 800 Mhz PC6400

DVD Writer/Reader: SAMSUNG Black 22x SH-S223F/BEBE SATA OEM

Operating System: Windows XP SP3

Yeah, i'll be mostly using the computer for work than gaming, with programs like Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4, but i may do a bit of gaming now and then, maybe...

So how do you guys think this computer will perform, i would like to know if the Adobe progs will run fluently, but also if i will be able to multitask with a multitude of programs (like iTunes, Windows Live Messenger, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Premiere Pro CS4 and After Effects CS4 all at the same time, with all my background programs like antivirus ans stuff running at the same time)

thanks a lot in advance,
hope i get a fast response!!!

bye for now,


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February 2, 2009 at 09:22:22
You may want to put this inquiry in the GENERAL HARDWARE category. If you want to check you performance, go to and download Sandra. Free to try, $50 to buy. You can compare your system to any configuration you want in the program.

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February 2, 2009 at 09:27:18
sorry, and since i did this when i wasnt on the forum as a user i cant move it! should i repost?

i might add that i dont currently have the computer, i just want to know before i get it if anyone could give me their opinion.

thanks, sorry



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February 2, 2009 at 09:44:20
Well, since it's here...

As badly as adobe's stuff is for being resource hogs, don't be surprised if it tends to bog down with 2 adobe programs running at the same time. Also 4GB of RAM won't do you much good with XP, since it doesn't utilize more than 3GB. I'm not a gamer, and shun anything with the adobe label on it (as you can guess) but I get by fine with a 1.8GHz Duron with XP SP2 w/2GB of RAM and a 40GB HDD (plus a bunch of external HDD's). Just my unsolicited 2¢ worth...

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February 2, 2009 at 10:44:56
There are much better motherboards available & the 9400GT is a poor video card choice. If you plan on doing any gaming at all, get a better card. This article should help:

If you don't need onboard graphics, I suggest getting a board based on the Intel P43 or P45 chipset. Intel CPUs performn best with Intel chipsets.

RAM choice is OK. If you don't plan on overclocking the CPU, underclock the RAM to DDR2-533 speed to match the CPU FSB. Don't get confused by the DDR & QDR ratings...1066MHz FSB runs at 266MHz, DDR2-533 runs at 266MHz.

You didn't list a power supply? Make sure to get a good one. The PSU is no place to be cutting corners. Here's an example:

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February 2, 2009 at 10:51:11

There you go, you just got good advice from one of our renowned resident experts, seriously. That advice is worth much more than it cost too, LOL.

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February 2, 2009 at 12:16:35
See "4GB RAM limit" in XP Myths link below:

some other bloke...

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February 2, 2009 at 13:59:14
"Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4,"

My wife does this all day long.

I'd get cheaper cpu, get the fastest RAM DDR3 you can get and 4G worth, get a smallish but the fastest drive.

Use the /3g boot and be sure to load SP3.

Don't install any other applications than you have to. You'd be better off with a virtual machine or dual boot for games.

See Adobe for the settings to improve each applications. Normally you increase the ram to max and limit history.

This is what MS says about memory.

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February 4, 2009 at 11:48:14
thanks a lot for all that!!! it was very enlightening, and will probably comeuseful in future;

im on the new computer right now, and as a matter a fact it is actually pretty good for me! i was able to use 2-3 adobe apps at the same time while listening to music and with all the background programs, and it ran fine, XP is only able to use 3.2GB of my RAM, but that doesnt really matter too much.

lol, i probably just think its great because it is great compared to my olde computer (Intel Celeron D, 1Gb RAM, Nvidia GeForce FX Graphics Card....) !!!

but it fits my useage and needs almost perfectly, although all the advice was helpful and most interesting, and will come to use later.

thanks again,


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February 6, 2009 at 10:01:31
that q6600 is a great choice, and nicely overclocks to 3.0 with little changes in the bios.

the video card.. well isnt at all a best choice. im willing to say my 8800gts overclocked is better, id say get a evga 9800gtx+

Processor: The Q6600 Overclocks to 3.0 super easy in some bios's, ive overclocked 4 now, but all in different EVGA motherboards either running 680i or 780i chipsets for numerous friends.

Motherboard: Gigabyte is a strong brand, however if you want to get the best of your video card, get a nvidia chipset, or a intel chipset to compliment your processor, as you said your a worker, not so much a gamer.

Hard Drive: I personally prefer seagate, as the last 20 or so ive had or used in peoples builds havent failed, and before that i was a WD/maxtor guy, but i had a WD and maxtor fail on me at the same time.

Video/Graphics Card: asus is good, however the 9400 is crap, and im willing to say my 8800gts is much better. either get a evga, asus, or bfgtech 8800gt/s, or 9800gtx+

RAM/Memory: G-Skill ram has never done me wrong.

DVD Writer/Reader: whatever works

Operating System: x64bit windows still has kinks in it and isnt quite as smooth, even as x64 vista ultimate. so if your stuck on xp, stick to i836.

As for your adobe programs, my cheap laptop with 512mb ram runs cs4 dream and x64 photoshop without a hitch.

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