This best price to performance computer build guide for Adobe Photoshop 2021.
In this blog post, I will show you all the parts you need, as well as explain why I recommend them. In addition, I have also added some upgrade parts that are a bit more expensive but should make this computer even faster.
But first, there are four things you need to know before we get started.
This guide will show you the parts you need to buy and not how to put them together. ( But no worries I will leave a link below to one of the most respected Computer expect Linus Tech Tips)
Even do this is a $800 Photoshop Pc Build, this computer will be able to edit videos in Premiere Pro and Da Vinci Resolve (or basically any other editing software), as well as edit photos in Lightroom or any other photo editing programs, mix music, game, and Livestream.
To see where to buy the parts, just click on the photo where you can order the parts from Amazon
I will add upgrade parts in case you have a bigger budget and want more performance
Please don't be intimidated by building your own PC. It's like putting legos together and the video below goes into step by step guide in real-time to help you with your build.
So let's get started.
1 Your CPU
What is a CPU on a computer?
Central Process Unit The computer's central processing unit (CPU) is the portion of a computer that retrieves and executes instructions. ... The CPU is often simply referred to as the processor. The ALU performs arithmetic operations, logic operations, and related operations, according to the program instructions.
My recommending CPU for Photoshop on a budget is.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Processor (6C/12T, 35 MB Cache, 4.2 GHz Max Boost)
Why The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Processor?
Overall, the new AMD Ryzen CPUs are a great choice for a Photoshop workstation. There may not be much of a reason to go with the more expensive Ryzen 9 3900X over the Ryzen 7 3800X, but the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs should be slightly faster than the similarly prices Intel equivalents.
Next up the Motherboard.
My recommending for the motherboard is: MSI B450 A PRO MAX AM4 ATX DDR4
This motherboard offers a ton of features while also supporting future AMD CPUs in the event you want to upgrade to a faster processor in the future.
Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ / Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Graphics / Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Desktop Processors for Socket AM4
Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4133(OC) MHz
Turbo M.2: Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs.
DDR4 Boost: Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
Flash BIOS Button: Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
Core Boost: With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
Multi-GPU: With Steel armor PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire™
AMD Turbo USB 3.2 Gen2: Powered by AMD USB 3.2 Gen2 controller, Turbo USB ensures an uninterrupted connection with more stability and fastest USB speeds
Next up the Graphics Card
My recommending for the The graphics card is: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC
The graphics card is quite capable of 4K video editing for a reasonable price. Due to factors such as the pandemic and scalpers, it is quite difficult to find a graphics card in stock. Thankfully, this card is still available!
Please note: if you have the budget and can find one of the more powerful graphics cards listed below on this Kit page, I would get one of those instead for faster editing.
Next up the Ram Memory
My recommending for the Ram is: Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz
While the exact amount of RAM you need is going to depend on the size and number of images you will be working with, we generally recommend a minimum of 16GB for all our systems. Memory usage in Photoshop can quickly shoot up, however, so it is important that you ensure you have enough system RAM available.
16GB will be enough for Photoshop or Vidoe editing, but I would avoid multitasking while editing video if possible. :) If you have the budget I would recommend upgrading to 32GB of ram (linked further down on this age)
Next up the SSD
My recommending for SSD is : Samsung 970 EVO 500GB
The Samsung SSD 970 EVO offers an excellent blend of throughput and performance, making it the best high-end internal M.2 PCI Express SSD for most users. PCMag editors select and review products independently.
Next up the Computer Case
My recommending for Computer Case is : CiT Classic Midi PC Case, ATX,
About this item
Storage Capacity - Case supports up to 3 x HDD's (2.5" or 3.5").
Front I/O Ports - 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0 and HD Audio.
VGA Support - Can take VGA cards up to 320mm in length.
Motherboards - Supports ATX or Micro ATX motherboards.
Side Panel - Intel TAC2.0 side panel vent hole design.
Next up the Power Supply.
My recommending for Power Supply is : EVGA 110-BQ-0500-K1, 500 Bq, 80+ Bronze 500W
A semi-modular power supply is a fantastic upgrade that will make cable management in your case much easier!
When it come to upgrading the first thing you want to consider upgrading is the CPU.
My recommending CPU upgrade is : AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8C/16 T, 36 MB Cache, 4.4 GHz Processor
My second upgrade would be Graphics Card.
Graphics Card now of days are very hard to come by.But I list some upgrades or in the case my recommend card is sold out.
How To Put It All Together