I know that the normal platform for CS is Mac but I need to use it on a PC, can anyone advise what specification machine isrequired to enable effective, efficient use....
Welcome to the forum.
Unfortunately, this one is to discuss, well, the forums, themselves.
I would start with this thread: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=0
Then, after reading over it, would post questions to the Adobe Hardware Forum: http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere/hardware_forum?view=discussions
Pay close attention to Replies from Harm Millaard and Eric & Scott from ADK. They know their stuff.
If you do go to the Hardware forum that Hunt linked, please provide more information about your needs when you ask a question
Photo or Video editing... or ???
I'm wanting to use the machine /software for Photoshop, Indesign and Illistrator in the main.
This is for creating and images and documents, nothing that performance hungry (or at least that's what I assumed)
I have it running on a PC, I5, 4 GB Ram, 3.1 GHz Processor running Windows 7 32bit. It is at times unusable and driving me round the bend....
With a 32bit computer and Windows 7 32bit (with the max 4gig of ram) you SHOULD be OK... as long as you have your computer "tuned" so you don't have too many automatic process running in the background... see below
>at times unusable
If you are having specific problems with a program, you should ask for advice in the specific forum http://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-1015
This is for Win7 64bit, but some ideas on tuning
Here Win7 Tuning Help & Tips & Utilities
Free System Optimizer http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html
Be sure you have the default hard drive indexing OFF for all drives and folders!!!
Temp/Cookie Cleaner http://www.mixesoft.com/
Win7 Toolbar http://WindowsSecrets.com/comp/110210
More Win7 Tips http://windowssecrets.com/comp/110127
Utilities http://windowssecrets.com/comp/110106 (Startup Solutions)
Win7 Configuration Article http://windowssecrets.com:80/comp/100218
Win7 Monitor http://windowssecrets.com:80/comp/100304
Win7 Optimizing http://www.blackviper.com/Windows_7/servicecfg.htm
Win7 Virtual XP http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/
More on Virtual XP http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=5607&tag=col1;post-5607
Win7 Adobe Notes http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/508/cpsid_50853.html#tech
Win7 Adobe Update Server Problem http://forums.adobe.com/thread/586346
An Adobe Win7 FAQ http://forums.adobe.com/thread/511916
More Win7 Tips/FAQ http://forums.adobe.com/thread/513640
Win7 God Mode http://forums.adobe.com/thread/595255
CS5 Install Error http://forums.adobe.com/thread/629281
CS5 Help Problem http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/842/cpsid_84215.html
Win7 and Firewire http://forums.adobe.com/thread/521842
Win7 64bit Crashing and "a" fix http://forums.adobe.com/thread/580435
Harm's Tools http://forums.adobe.com/thread/504907
Optimizing Hard Drive http://www.video2brain.com/en/videos-5353.htm
Anti-Malware Tools http://windowssecrets.com/newsletter/the-advanced-system-recover-toolkit/
Repair AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/888268
Tune Vista & Win7 64bit http://forums.adobe.com/thread/436139