I posted a couple of days ago about building a $1,200 system for photo editing. Long story short, I shoot with a friend who just bought a new system and he's willing to sell his old PC.
The bad news is that it's an HP Pavilion d500t. He just got it out of the shop after the mother board died and paid $350 to get it replaced. He took it to Fry's and they replaced the mother board and baselined the system--yes, he got ripped on the price. The system is running great now.
The good news is that he will sell it to me for $350 just to break even. The PC is just over two years old and he paid over $1,500 with the monitor back in the end of 2008. Here are the specs:
HP Pavilion Elite d5000t.
Intel quad core Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
Two 500 GB Raid Hard Drives
6GB DDR2 SDRAM
16X DVD+/-R SuperMulti Drive
15 in 1 Card Reader
2 USB and 1394 Firewire on front panel plus audio.
1 GB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT with 2 DVI, HDMI
LAN, Keyboard and Mouse
Office 2007 Home/Student
Nero 7 Essentials
I believe this system will have enough horse power to run CS5 and LR3. The Core 2 Quad Q95550 2.83 Ghz (Yorkfield) CPU still sells for around $275. My only hesitation is that the mother board failed once. Not sure if this is a sign that the mother board could fail again or not.
What do you think? This is not my dream machine but it should work for now. Should I buy it for $350?