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Graphic Design Build Help

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I have been out of the game for a bit and need some help piecing together a build for my office. I manage a small print shop and need a PC capable of handling multiple large files and design work in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I would like for the total price after everything said and done to be under $1k, and the cheaper the better, without compromising vital needs. Also needs to be able to push the 2560x1440 monitor that we are currently using, since the current PC integrated graphics cannot do so. Any help will be greatly appreciated, let me know if you need more information!

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Well, your choices for CPU's at that budget are probably the 9700K or the AMD Ryzen 2700.... and as much RAM you can get. 32GB will run you around $300. Cheapest GPU that I would rec. maybe around$160.You have any other parts? Pretty slim budget for a complete build.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Redwoodz View Post
Well, your choices for CPU's at that budget are probably the 9700K or the AMD Ryzen 2700X.... and as much RAM you can get. 32GB will run you around $300. Cheapest GPU that I would rec. maybe around$160.You have any other parts? Pretty slim budget for a complete build.
Do remember this is not a gaming system. My ex girlfriend did professional graphic design work on a system powered by a $10 Q6600 along with a $15 GTS 250 and she made an awful lot of money doing so. Note that the Adobe software she used cost far more than the PC did.

I would recommend an i5-8400, GTX 1050 ti and 32gb memory. This could feasibly be accomplished in total with case, power supply, and windows 10 for under $750.


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Do remember this is not a gaming system. My ex girlfriend did professional graphic design work on a system powered by a $10 Q6600 along with a $15 GTS 250 and she made an awful lot of money doing so. Note that the Adobe software she used cost far more than the PC did.

I would recommend an i5-8400, GTX 1050 ti and 32gb memory. This could feasibly be accomplished in total with case, power supply, and windows 10 for under $750.
I don't know what made you say that but he should get as many threads and as much RAM as he can afford. So you've cut $150 off for less threads-16 down to 6. PS only uses 8 at this time, but multi-core utilizations is growing and will continue. Time is money.

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Hey all!
capable of handling multiple large files

Thanks!!
how large can you plz give us a scenario

very important is the budget.

in general something with i5 8500 + Gtx 1060 3gb + SSD +16GB ram would suit a lot of ppl needs with these softwares u mentioned
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Quote: Originally Posted by DrockinWV View Post
I have been out of the game for a bit and need some help piecing together a build for my office. I manage a small print shop and need a PC capable of handling multiple large files and design work in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I would like for the total price after everything said and done to be under $1k, and the cheaper the better, without compromising vital needs. Also needs to be able to push the 2560x1440 monitor that we are currently using, since the current PC integrated graphics cannot do so. Any help will be greatly appreciated, let me know if you need more information!
This might help a bit:

I run the current CC 2019 versions of all three of the Adobe apps mentioned above (and a few others like Premiere and After Effects) on a seven year old Lenovo W530 spec'd out as follows:

System Information report written at: 02/08/19 00:38:01 [System Summary]

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 10.0.17763 Build 17763
  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3720QM CPU @ 2.60GHz, 2601 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s) (Xeon(R) processor E3 - 1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor/Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000)
  • Installed Physical Memory (ECC RAM) 32.0 GB
  • Total Physical Memory 31.6 GB
  • Available Physical Memory 22.8 GB
  • Total Virtual Memory 63.6 GB
  • Available Virtual Memory 55.3 GB
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2000M, coupled via display port

While it was ~$2200 when I purchased it way back when, you should be able to build something comparable today, staying roughly within your budget, especially if you chase after used parts on (e.g.) eBay. The monitor in use with it is an NEC PA272BK 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor, with resolution set to 2560x1440. That was a separate purchase of course, and the system is not used to play games.

For the most part it still gets the job I need it for done, though it can bog down somewhat when opening multiple large PSDs (e.g., 50-100 MB in size; I've gone as high as 300-400 MB). Because of that I tend to only work on larger files like those one at a time. Running Illustrator at the same time hasn't presented any issues for the most part which, as you may already know is especially handy when moving back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator (e.g. while creating/editing smart objects). Video productions OTOH do tend to take quite a while (e.g., an hour or three or more processing time), but I've used this setup successfully to do a number of fairly elaborate productions which involved the combined use of After Effects and Premiere.

While I've currently got a couple of higher end builds in progress--one of which will essentially become my new work platform--the Lenovo hasn't let me down all these years and was well worth what I initially invested in it.

Hope that helps somewhat, or at least gives you and the others something to work with while they try to help you get the info you need.

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I do graphic work along with financial analytical work on a daily basis and I find my build is enough. That is, aside from when I am lazy and like to mass-open like a dozen 20MP photos in Photoshop so I don't have to keep going back and opening the next set of files. Or, when I have 10 windows open when I'm really only needing 3 of them.

I find the Adobe suite and other graphic-intensive apps more CPU intensive than GPU.

I have been running:

CPU: i7-8700K
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus XI Code
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB 16GB 2666Mhz
HDD: WD Black 1TB M.2 SSD
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 650W Gold RGB
GPU: RX 570
Case: Thermaltake P90 (A unique but painful case to build)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i w/ 3x INWIN 120mm RGB fans

The cooler, case, power supply, and motherboard are unnecessary unless you like to showcase your build or squeeze out an extra 0.1 - 0.3Ghz or whatever you can get. I do for our digital marketing company; it is our "flagship" display piece. Customers like to ooooooooooo, aaaaaaah, and wow everytime they come into the office. Obviously the 8700K is now surpassed by the 9700. The motherboard is also nice if you have an open case/workbench and are too lazy to reach for the power button; it has its own power and reset button.


CPU: i5-9600K - $260
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) - $120
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E - $180
PSU: Corsair VS550 - $40
HDD: WD Black NVMe M.2 2280 500GB - $105
CPU Cooler - $50
GPU - GTX 1050 of some sort - $100
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Keyboard, mouse of your choice
Monitor of your choice

Total should come to around $1,000.

You could get away with chopping off another $80-100 by going to an i3-8300K even; once overclocked to 4.8-5Ghz it is a pretty capable performer.

The SSD is one of the most noticeable performance differences you'll see, so I would pay the extra $50 over having a mechanical drive instead. You will love watching those Adobe apps and large image files loading and writing faster than your woman dropping her panties.

ADATA makes some cheaper ones if you really find the $105 too steep. If you need 1TB with that money, then go to a SATA iii WD Blue, Samsung 860, or ADATA XPG or something. I run ADATA M.2 SSDs in our office or customer builds when on a budget; it is still much more pleasing than a mechanical HD, or SATA drive to some extent. On sale sometimes you can bump into one of the ADATA or WD Blue 500GB SSDs for around the $30-50 range. Over the past few months, we have been religiously using the following for our builds:

- ADATA XPG 8200 (M.2); 120GB, 480GB, 960GB
- ADATA SU800, SU650 (SATA III); 120GB, 256GB
- WD Blue 500GB (SATA III)
- Samsung EVO 860 500GB
- WD Black 1TB M.2

So far only 1/16 of them have failed, though the one bad egg may had been linked to a failing ASUS Maximus XI Hero board we had.

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The Corsair VS series are old outdated group regulated units and does not belong in anything but the most basic and low end machines
There is a very good reason why it costs $40

Edit: your Thermaltake PSU is not all that great either as its voltage regulation on the 5v and 3,3v rails are very loose and the hold up time is also less what ATX specifications states as min
It was also way overpriced when it came out and was among the worst options price to performance wise so hope you got it really cheap

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