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    All-round Photo Editing Build for £800

    Any opinions good or bad about this build?

    CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 3600 -£179
    MB - MSI AMD Ryzen B450 TOMAHAWK MAX AM4 ATX - £98
    Memory - Corsair 16GB 3200 DDR4 - £80
    GPU - AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB - £180 ish
    PSU - EVGA GD 600 Watt - £65
    Case - Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-DELTA RGB Mid Tower - £70
    SSD M.2 - WD Blue SN500 500GB - £70
    OS - Windows 10 - £100

    Total - £842 (based on Scan prices)
    Which is about the highest I want to pay.

    Already have 1TB SSD and 2TB HDD for storage.

    Nothing is a must have, so open to differing ideas. The machine will be pushed most by Lightroom 6 (so an older version) with large panoramas and slide shows, and also the occasional HD or 4k video editing. No gaming at the moment.

    Should be good for a long lasting PC. Or have I overspecced and an AMD APU 3400 based machine would be good enough for a few hundred less?

    Thanks.

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    Re: All-round Photo Editing Build for £800

    I'd be getting a 1660 Super for £200, apart from the increased performance in gaming I believe programs like Photoshop and Lightroom can take advantage of the CUDA cores (at least the Adobe suite benefits as I understand it).

    Might be worth seeing what your programs prefer - AMD or Nvidia cards, and buy accordingly.

    You can pick up copies of Windows 10 Pro for £5.00 off eBay, or £15.00 from more legitamate resellers. I wouldn't be paying £100.00 for a copy that's for sure.

    Get the AData XPG SX8200 Pro 500Gb, over the WD Blue. Much faster and similar price, or upgrade to 1Tb version since you've just saved ~ £85.00 on your copy of Windows

    Rest of the spec looks good

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    Re: All-round Photo Editing Build for £800

    Thanks cptwhite_uk.

    Good shout on the AData storage. Read some reviews and it seems to be the one to get.

    As for the GPU, Nvidia do seem to work better with Adobe products, but from what I could find Lightroom only seems to benefit from a faster GPU in certain tasks, whether that's CUDA cores or just more speed I don't know. But a 1660 Super is probably a better bet just in case. Any particular make/model to recommend?

    And you are correct £100 for Windows is expensive. Looked on eBay and there are various offers starting at £4.90 from trusted sellers with money back guarantee. Which would certainly free up funds.

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    Re: All-round Photo Editing Build for £800

    You can pick up the Palit GTX 1660 Super for £200 or the Zotac version with twin fan for £215

    But these cards are pretty power efficient - typically 125W, so I they will be reasonably quiet whichever model you choose. Zotac is probably better, and you'll get a 5 year extended warranty if you register it on their website, so for £15 premium it's probably a better overall deal.

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    Re: All-round Photo Editing Build for £800

    Thanks. Think I'll have a good read of the reviews here on Hexus of the Palit 1660 Super GamingPro (£220 ish) and the MSI 1660 Super Gaming X (£240). Will check out the Zotac to.

    Might come down to how much I buy Windows 10 for, then see what fits with what I'm willing to pay for a GPU.

    While looking round the reviews I also noticed they rate the Kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe. Similar price to the AData. So might see which is cheaper when ordering.

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    Re: All-round Photo Editing Build for £800

    XPG 8200 in a different class to the A2000, wouldn't even consider the A2000.

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    Re: All-round Photo Editing Build for £800

    Ordered over the weekend.

    Final spec:

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    MB: MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    Memory: 16GB Corsair DDR4 Venegeance LPX 3200
    M.2 SSD: AData XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    PSU: Seasonic Core Gold GM-650
    Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A
    OS: Windows 10

    Came to about £850

    Some of the changes from my original post were due to what was in stock and some nice daily deal prices.
    Got the AData due to it being cheaper and in stock.
    Also chose the Gigabyte GPU over say the Palit or Zotac mainly cause of the fans being idle at low temps. Also the review here on Hexus (of the 3 fan Gaming OC model, I got the 2 fan model) was reassuring it was a fairly good card.

    Thanks cptwhite_uk for taking the time to suggest alternative components. Much appreciated.

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