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Budget ($600) build for Lightroom?

Iraqvet05

8 months ago

I have not built a PC in 10 years but I'm comfortable with taking parts in an out of a case....its picking parts I suck at. I'm using a free Dell 980 (Intel i5 650 CPU) I salvaged from the city I work for. For an old PC it does well with Lightroom but bogs down a bit with RAW flies. I want to build something faster to run LR and some ham radio apps I use. I'm trying to do this on a $600 budget, importing Windows from my old HD to an SDD. I went conservative with 8GB RAM to keep the budget down and add later. Thoughts on this build list?

parts list

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $164.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $74.99 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL - EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $63.95 @ Newegg
Video Card PowerColor - Radeon RX 570 4 GB RED DRAGON Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $49.99 @ Walmart
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Newegg
Mouse Logitech - M510 Wireless Laser Mouse $19.49 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $638.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-18 21:39 EDT-0400

You don't really need an optical drive in 2019. Unless specific requirements demand otherwise

For lightroom, a nippier CPU would be nice, the 2600 presents a sizeable advantage over the previous 1600 offering. The stock cooler which comes with the CPU is ok'ish....consider an aftermarket cooler later.

16GB RAM added

Doubled up on SSD capacity and a speedier unit.

better and faster graphics card for the same price

It's only 40 bucks over - with some credible performance advantages, hence worth every cent!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor $139.66 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B450M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $39.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Inland - 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX - Radeon RX 570 8 GB Video Card $154.99 @ Walmart
Case Deepcool - TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $39.77 @ B&H
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $52.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $20.40 @ OutletPC
Mouse Logitech - M510 Wireless Laser Mouse $19.49 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $597.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-18 21:38 EDT-0400
  • cheaper motherboard (although it's mATX not ATX)
  • cheaper, faster RAM
  • 2x the storage
  • better graphics card

(On a side note, I personally have the Logitech M510 and would recommend it)

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