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Build Advice Upgrade for photo editing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by speedalini, 29 Apr 2019.

  1. speedalini

    speedalini New Member

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    Update required to a fairly antique system. Usage has transitioned from gaming to almost 100% photo editing now. Trying to run Chrome, Photoshop and Lightroom all at once these days makes it show its age!

    Budget:

    ~£1000, although if there's a sweet spot above or below that figure... :thumb:

    Main uses of intended build:
    Photo editing (simultaneous Photoshop and Lightroom), web browsing etc.

    Parts required:
    Monitor (27in+, 100% sRGB, IPS)
    CPU
    Mobo
    RAM

    Previous build information (list details of parts):
    Case: Lian-Li PC-B25
    OS: Windows 10 Pro
    CPU: Intel Core i7 920
    Cooler: Noctua NH U12P
    RAM: 12GB Triple channel DDR3
    Mobo: Gigabyte EX58-UD5 (Socket 1366)
    GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7950
    PSU: 850W BeQuiet Modular BN075
    ASUS Xonar Essence STX

    238GB SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series (SATA (SSD))
    931GB SAMSUNG HD103SJ (SATA )
    1863GB Seagate ST2000DM001-1ER164 (SATA )
    Keyboard
    Mouse

    Monitor resolution:
    Currently 1080p, but looking to increase to 1440p or 4K

    Storage requirements:
    Not desperate to add any more for now

    will you be overclocking: no


    Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers):
    no

    Extra information about desired system:

    Thanks in advance for the suggestions! :)
     
  2. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Off the top of my head...

    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/gJX8GG

    Smidge over budget, you can drop down to the 2600/2600X to take it under the £1000 or go up to the 2700X if wallet allows.
    Memory - 16GB, 3200MHz, CL 14... if you want/need more, you'll need to spend more accordingly but 3200MHz @ CL14 is what you want to stick to if you can.
    Monitor is a personal preference thing but it's well reviewd wrt to photo editing... there are offerings from dell etc. available too.
    The GPU won't set any benchmark records, but that 7950 is older than god's dog.
    ...and the AM4 mounting kit is so you can use the noctua cooler you have on the new board.
     
    Last edited: 30 Apr 2019
  3. speedalini

    speedalini New Member

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    Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions. I've found what looks like a decent price on a Dell monitor, so used the saving to bump up the CPU and RAM. What do you reckon to this?

    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/FcdwdX
     

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