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Hey ya'll. I'm thinking about building a Desktop vice buying one. Has anyone built one for our photography needs? if so what do you recommend? Right now im on a Macbook pro works fine but i am looking for a longer run of a desktop. 



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Sorry for the delay. Life has intervened these last few days.

Right now my current build recommendation, as I type this,  that if you are not planning on over-clocking:

  • Intel i7 8700K or i7 8900K - PS is just starting to take advantage of what makes an i7 so fast. So don't stress out on thinking you have to fork out the cash for a i9. Not worth it with Photoshop. The 8700K has hyper-threading, but the 8900K is newer and is faster out of the box. So they are almost a tie when it comes to PS.
  • 1TB SSD or NVME m.2 Drive for your boot drive. I like Samsung Drives and going forward, I'd go with NVME m.2 technology. Since we are trying to keep it under $200, this drive is a good one for the money.
  • A second, larger traditional 7200 RPM HD, I like the Western Digital Caviar BLACK line. At least 4TB.
  • Motherboard: I like Asus Motherboards, Followed by MSI, and Gigabyte. For this, you want to not only match the CPU Chip, but also get the correct board to match the speed of the NVME m.2 Drive. So on Amazon, they will often link a motherboard with the m.2 drive.
  • RAM: Hands down, 16GB at a minimum. 32GB is preferred. Heck, I'm running 64GB in my iMac.
  • Power Supply: Do not cheap out on your power supply. I like EVGA Power Supplies. At least 650W, but you could go smaller, but pay attention to the video card requirements. Personally, I think 750 Watts might be a better fit in the long run. Especially with two displays.
  • Coolng: This is case specific. Don't cheap out on this either.  Also, don't forget about the CPU Thermal Paste and not to put too much on, or too little.
  • Video Card: This is a moving target. Adobe really hasn't update their list but I did see this card which caught my eye: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW. It's a bit expensive for just Photoshop use, and kinda over-kill but it's a "Buy it Right-Buy it Once" thing. Also, make sure you have enough Watts on the PS to support it. (See note above.) Oh, going forward, you want a video card that has multiple DisplayPort Ports, at least two. DisplayPort is the most flexible, gives you lots of choices via an inexpensive adapter to convert to HDMI or whatever and is better suited to 4K video if you ever went that route.
  • Case: Personal thing. I like Lian-Li, but there are plenty of cases out there to choose from at all different price points.
  • Monitors: Believe it or not, you don't have to spend a ton on a good quality IPS-Based Monitor. You could get a pair of nice 24" Dell Displays or a large 27" one. I usually recommend people getting a Dell IPS monitor. They average around $300 or less. Sometimes more for the 27" model...like around $500-ish.
  • Operating System: Since you are building your computer, I highly recommend spending the little extra and getting Windows 10 Pro. For me as a computer technician for the past 26 years, I find that the "Pro" versions are just easier to work with; the controls and setup screens just make more sense, and there is less "Layers" of Microsoft getting in the way for you to do things. The "Windows Pro" version just seems to run better overall. With the Home edition, I tend to stumble over the stupid Microsoft setup screens trying to "help" you. I'm like, just get out of my way...

Your thoughts?

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 its been a while but been busy as can be. finally pieced something together. not sure if you can get to the link but any help would be great. 




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Not a fan of Seagate Hard Drives. To each their own. I'd also replace the Samsung 860 SSD Drive with a m.2 version. For your boot drive, you really don't need more than 1TB. Since that motherboard has m.2 slots, you should take advantage of them.



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