katie7287 wrote in post #18446693
I am a photographer and I currently own a H8-1534 desktop and a 27ea63v-p monitor.
I am looking to upgrade my desktop/monitor. I am not entirely sure what to look for in a desktop. I want a fast and good graphics card. I was hoping someone could steer me in the right direction? Is it cheaper to have one built if you have a family member who knows how to?
I want a faster desktop and a good monitor for editing. I use lightroom, photoshop, and adobe bridge. I also shoot in RAW format. I do have a external hardrive that I store everything on.
Is there anything in particular I should look for when choosing a new desktop and monitor? The problem is, I don't want to spend thousands of dollars. Color accuracy is important
Any help is much appreciated
For your usage anything beyond an entry level graphics card will have no real world gain. Lightroom, Photoshop and Bridge all depend heavily on cpu speed for processing. For photo editing higher core speed is more important than core count and it will remain that way until Adobe completely rewrites the code for photo editing software to take advantage of higher core counts and better graphics card utilization. For example, a two core processor running at 4500GHz will be faster for most photo editing tasks than a 4 core processor running at 4200GHz if both processors are from the same company and generation. Also consider Intel processors have a substantial advantage in per core processor power/speed when compared to AMD.
Personally I would be looking at something with an Intel i5(i5-7600 for example), Amd Ryzen 3(1300x) or AMD Ryzen 5(1500x), 16 GB of DDR4 RAM(using 2 of 4 slots to allow for increase in the future if needed) and nothing higher that a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. I would also look for a PC with a SSD of at least 250 GB capacity. Newer ports such as USB 3.1, USB Type C and Thunderbolt will also become more important in the next couple of years, so having them on board will make it more compatible in the near future.
As for a monitor, there are countless good IPS panels available that will give very good color accuracy without breaking the bank. I would also invest is a color calibrator such as the Datacolor Sypder5 or equivalent from another brand.