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First time build for Photoshop + Video Editing

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Evan

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Hello, I'm not familiar with PC's at all and would greatly appreciate your advice. The articles and part picker here are awesome, just need a little extra info. I work with large RAW files in Photoshop and would like the ability to edit 4K video in the near future, but will remain using predominantly for Photoshop. Looking to spend about $1,500 CAN so +- $1,100 US, but would go higher to up my RAM to 32gb if you think I'll benefit. I'm also wondering what type of card reader will fit in the build. Lastly, would you change anything the picker has recommended? Thank you!

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Br1mh0y0Joe

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($249.95)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: ASRock B450 Gaming K4 ATX AM4 ($143.30)
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060 6GB - Asus Turbo ($341.81)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 C16 ($45.00)
Storage PCIe-SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB NVME M.2 Solid State Drive ($74.99)
Power Supply: EVGA 650 B5, 80 Plus Bronze 650W Power Supply ($124.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($98.99)
Total: $1079.03
 

Alex Glawion

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Hey Evan,
That's a really solid build for Photoshop. In fact Photoshop isn't as demanding as many other Content Creation Software, such as 3D or Video Editing, so it will perform nicely.

For future 4K Video Editing, going with more RAM is a must. 16GB is just not enough, and you'll be much happier with 32GB, especially when working on large resolution projects.

If you have some additional Money to spend, you could think about upgrading the CPU in the future, to a 3900X for example. The 3600X is really great for Photoshop, but for Video Editing, having those extra cores and clock speeds will make a difference.

Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

[Edit] There is more than enough room for a Card reader or multiple card readers in the Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case, so no worries there!

If you don't want an external Card reader that is attached to a USB port, you can get something like this, which will fit into one of your 5.25" Drive Slots: https://amzn.to/3g0TtAo
 
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Evan

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Hi Alex,

Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it. I just have a follow up, well something I forgot to ask initially. Considering I've never pieced together a PC before, I am very interested in the ability to upgrade in the future. You mentioned the CPU, what types of CPU'S am I able swap out on this board in the future other than the one you mentioned? Does it matter what type of 32 gb RAM I choose in place of the 16? And also, will I have room in there to up it to 64 gb RAM in the future?

Thanks again!
Evan
 

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Hey Evan,
That Board has socket support for any 1st through 3rd generation Ryzen AM4 CPU. Although recently announced by AMD, the future Generation of upcoming CPUs was not supposed to be supported on b450 Boards, but AMD has since pulled back from that statement and left it to the board manufacturers to support next gen cpus - so you should be fine there too for upcoming generation(s).

If you want to be absolutely sure, you could also go with a B550 Motherboard or X570 Motherboard which will most likely have support for more of the upcoming cpu generations. A good pick here is either the Gigabyite Aorus Elite x570 or the MSI B550 Gaming Pro Carbon or ASRock B550 Steel Legend.

As you should have 4 RAM slots in any of the Boards you chose (unless it's a smaller matx board) you can definitely add more RAM lateron, if the slots aren't yet fully populated.

Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 is an easy choice here that comes in various sizes and combinations, so sticking with that would be safe. You can get 32GB (2x16B) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 like in this link https://amzn.to/31xzSDU.
 
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Evan

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Hey Alex,

Awesome, thanks again for the guidance. I've also been going through the Build Guide for Beginners article on here, super helpful. I'll happily use the links through this site for purchases.

Cheers!
 
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Evan

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Hello Again,

I've been looking around to see if the GPU recomended supports 10 bit color, or if that is standard now for newer GPU's, and can't seem to find any answers. Do you happen to know if it does, or how I would determine what GPU's do support it? I assume they do, but want to make sure I'm taking full advantage of my moniter.

Thank you,
Evan
 

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Yes, by using the Nvidia Studio Drivers you can select 10bit Color output in the Nvidia Control Panel. So when you have a 10bit Monitor and a 10bit color supporting App (like photoshop) you will be able to output 10bit color with a RTX 2060.
 
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