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How To Set Up The Ideal Photo/Video Editing PC

All PCs can handle web browsing, email, and word processing, but if you are seeing this, pls know that your computer can do so much more for you.

Before purchasing computer parts, direct this question at yourself- what programs do I need and what hardware will that software require to function? How much RAM do I want? Will I be storing my data internally or externally? Or do I need my PC for games?

The average PC user can notice a perceptible boost in performance by including additional RAM (memory) and replacing a spinning hard drive with a more rapid solid state drive, while the processor and graphics handle specific applications.

What If Photoshop And Lightroom Are What I Work With?
Photoshop and Lightroom presently enjoy a higher clock speed processor that is up to 8 cores. One of the top-performing CPUs of these program as I type this is the i7-9700k processor, but to reduce your expense, the i5-9600k is a fantastic option to look at. Bear in mind that the processor you decide to go with will determine the socket size and motherboard you will have to purchase.

Lightroom and Photoshop use a specific graphics card for precise tasks, but an ultra expensive graphics card may not be better at the job than one that goes for a quarter of the price. If a complete graphics card that will function aptly and allow several monitors the option to games is what you seek, I’ll urge you to check out the RTX 2060 or the less costly GTX 1060. Now, let’s discuss how to go about the build:

1. The Ultimate Adobe Premiere Pro PC Build

Processor – Intel Core i9-7900X:

This processor was picked for its balance between clock speed (3.3 GHz) and cores (10). Agreed, there are quicker, more costly CPUs but with a $1,000 price, this processor is already an epitome of extravagant spending. Shockingly, the 7900x might not display drastic improvement in Adobe Premiere in the real world if you compare it to the Intel Core i7-9700K which costs half the price. Please note that if you make up your mind to purchase another processor for your build, another motherboard and CPU cooler will also be needed to suit your particular chip.

2. CPU Cooler – NZXT Kraken X6

The NZXT Kraken X6 was chosen because of its water cooling and appearance. It was very difficult to use at the end of the day because of case fitting issues. If you want something less costly and simpler to install, check out the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

3. Motherboard – ASUS ROG Strix X299-E

The motherboard is amazing for the i9 processor (LGA 2066). Its space is suitable for two m.2 solid state drives, i9 processor (LGA 2066). I chose this motherboard because it had space for two m.2 solid state drives, 8 RAM slots, Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0 for the panel in front and at the back.

4. RAM – Crucial 64 GB Ballistix Elite Series DDR4 3000 MHz

A 64 GB RAM is excellent, but 32 GB is appropriate too if you intend to save some cash. RAM is one of the simplest components to upgrade at a later date if you feel you need to do that.

5. Storage – Samsung 1 TB 970 PRO NVMe M.2

Two m.2 drives are suitable here. It accommodates one for Windows and another for all of your software. All files will be kept separately on a Synology 1819+, so you do not have to cater for massive internal storage. Just a single drive might be enough to save money.

6. Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 2080

A dedicated graphics card is vital only when specific effects are included in clips on the timeline. A high-end card makes playback happen seamlessly and exporting much quicker. Right now, Adobe Premiere does not give a magnificent performance with RTX 2080 when you compare it with the much ancient GTX 1080, so this card might be excessive except if gaming is also one of the things you wish to do with it. For a cheaper option, go for the RTX 2070 or buy a GTX 1070 or 1080 that has already been used.

7. Case – NZXT H500 Mid-Tower Case

This is a small, mid-sized case that does not require additional room for hard drives or a DVD drive. One drag with it though is the fact that the cooler does not fit properly. It has a pretty and new-school look plus it also has a USB 3.0 jacks. Please be aware that this case does not come with space for any optical drives so you don’t regret any purchase that won’t fulfill that purpose.

8. Power Supply – EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3

Availability of a power supply with more power than you need for your components is not a bad idea. You can go for a 750-watt modular unit that lets you only to make use of cables that are important to you. And for this build, they are only a few.

9. Network Card – ASUS XG-C100C 10GBase-T

There is Wi-Fi and an Ethernet jack built in the motherboard but to build a 10GB network, you will require the use of this card. This card was bought for more than $1,000 in 2023 but now go for less than $100. Keep that in mind.

10. Monitors – Two Dell U2718Q 27

The two monitors you see above is just so you can achieve a productivity increase. It is better to make use of two, small, less costly monitors than one huge, costly one. For builds like this, you’ll need a maximum real estate and resolution. Dual 27-inch 4K monitors are amazing to work with. If Lightroom is your preferred option, and resolution doesn’t matter much to you, 1920×1080 monitors will aid reduction in loading times and may be an appropriate option for you.

11. Keyboard – Logitech K800

Logitech is great with keyboards. This one precisely is apt because it is wireless and will light up when it suspects your hands are close-by.

12. Mouse – Logitech MX Master 2S

Logitech also performs magic with Mouses. If you intend to boost your productivity, purchase a mouse with extra programmable buttons and a quick scroll. I cannot begin to explain how comfortable the scroll wheel works on Mouse – Logitech MX Master 2S, all can say is, a trial will convince you.

We agree with what you’re thinking, this build is quite expensive but if you already have monitors of your own and you purchase the i7 9700, 32 GB of RAM, one M.2 drive, and an RTX 2070 or a less costly option, you should be able to begin work on something as soon as possible.

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