Need help picking a computer for photoshop(UK)

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Need help picking a computer for photoshop(UK)


I have been a keen photographer for a number of years now and my photoshop skills have advanced to a reasonable level so i now find that my computer struggles at times to keep up so i am going to replace it.  My problem is that i know next to nothing about computer hardware so if you guy's could give me some advice that would be great.

I intend to buy a computer from either Scan Computers or PC Specialist i have been on their sites and come up with the following systems.  The components are a bit quesswork on my part so any advice about which would be best or what you would change would be great.  BTW i intend to add a Dell Ultrasharp U2711 is this a good choice?. Also as i mentioned it will be used solely for Photoshop.

Thanks in advance for any input given,   Regards  Kev.

Scan Computer  £991
i5 3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz 6MB Cache
MB Asus P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset
Artic Cooling Freezer 13 CO CPU Cooler
16GB Corsair DDR3 1600MHz
512 PNY Quadro 400
600w Corsair PSU 80 Plus Bronze
120GB PNY Prevail Sandforce SSD
1TB Seagate Barracuda Sata 6Gb/s
Windows7 Home Premium 64bit

PC Specialist Computer  £812
i5 3470 3.2GHz 6MB Cache
MB Asus P8Z77-M Micro-ATX USB3 ATI Crossfire x
16GB Kingston Hyper-X-Genesis Dual DDR3 1600MHz
1GB NVidia GEforce GTX650
600w Quiet 80 Plus Quad rail PSU+120mm case fan
120GB Intel 520 series SSD
1TB WD Caviar Black Sata 6Gb/s
Intel Socket LGA 1155 Standard CPU Cooler
Windows7 Home Premium 64bit

 skutters's gear list:skutters's gear list
Fujifilm X-E2 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R +4 more
Casio Exilim EX-Z77
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