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2 Similar builds. Which is better for the intended use?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi guys,

Finalising my first ever PC build.

It will primarily be used for photo editing (Adobe Photoshop / Lightroom), as well as casual gaming second.


Please let me know which is better for the price and use:

A) 32GB, 3200 RAM- Basic RX580 GPU - Almost AU$200 cheaper (US$137)


B)  16GB, 3200 RAM - Much better RX 5700 - More expensive.



Let me know what you think!


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Swap CPU to any HT enabled intel CPU with an iGPU and a gtx 1060 6gb or better. 


Simply because Adobe being Adobe

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You shrink the costs of an Intel build by going with the 50 dollars cheaper locked i9 9900 and the cheapest z390 board you come across.


I personally got the gygabyte gaming z390m which was very cheap and it handles the turbo boost of the 9900 perfectly fine even with inexpensive air cooling.


Trust me the 250mhz you lose in comparison to a full out overclocking 9900K build is not that much of an issue and if you game with nothing running it still boosts to 5ghz when only 2 cores are in use which will ensure you get those 144fps with more ease on games.


But games aren't the reason why use Intel, whenever you speak of Adobe on a more intensive level Intel is preferable due to how the software loves ring bus making editing snappier and quicksync igpu hardware acceleration does wonders on rendering and exporting.


Furthermore Premiere Pro hates OpenCL hardware acceleration which is what AMD video cards use, the RX5700 also is worse at OpenCL than old GCN cards making it a poor choice for hardware acceleration on workstations, it's really primarily a gaming card.


You will be better served with a RTX card that can do Cuda acceleration instead as that's what Premiere loves the most.

Workstation Rig:
CPU:  Intel Core i9 9900K @5.0ghz  |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Dark Rock 4 |~|  MOBO: Asus Z390M ROG Maximus XI GENE |~| RAM: 32gb 3333mhz CL15 G.Skill Trident Z RGB |~| GPU: nVidia TITAN V  |~| PSU: beQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 80Plus Platinum  |~| Boot: Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2X4TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Iron Wolf + 2X2TB SSD SanDisk Ultra |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Acer Predator X34 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
Personal Use Rig:
CPU: Intel Core i9 9900 @4.75ghz |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Shadow Rock Slim |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z390M Gaming mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3400mhzCL15 Crucial Ballistix |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti |~| PSU: beQuiet! Straight Power 11 80Plus Gold  |~|  Boot:  Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2x2TB SanDisk SSD Ultra 3D |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Viotek GN34CB 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

HTPC / "Console of the house":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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Early test results suggest the Zen 2 is a remarkably good choice for Photoshop, especially given that an i9-9900 is actually more expensive than an i9-9900K in Australia. https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Photoshop-CPU-Roundup-AMD-Ryzen-3-AMD-Threadripper-2-Intel-9th-Gen-Intel-X-series-1529/


Adobe products tend to prefer Nvidia gpu. In Photoshop differences are fairly small, but definitely favor RTX, https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Photoshop-GPU-Roundup-NVIDIA-SUPER-vs-AMD-RX-5700-XT-1552/


The system would be well powered with a 450W psu. 


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($515.00 @ Shopping Express) 
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($359.00 @ IJK) 
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($129.95 @ Amazon Australia) 
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($225.00 @ Umart) 
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB VENTUS OC Video Card  ($549.00 @ Austin Computers) 
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($149.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Power Supply: Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($77.00 @ Shopping Express) 
Monitor: Acer XV272U Pbmiiprzx 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor  ($698.00 @ Austin Computers) 
Total: $2701.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-12 04:22 AEST+1000

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.


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