Question Budget PC Build for Photo Editing

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My PC is about 5 years old, so I'm looking to build a new PC for better performance for photo editing (primarily lightroom and photoshop). I'm looking to keep this build pretty cheap.

My current computer is an HP Pavillion with an AMD A8-5500 cpu, 24 gb RAM, 250gb SSD with my operating system on it, a HDD for extra space, and a geforce gt 1030 graphics card.

Photoshop doesn't run terrible on my computer right now, but it does lag in certain activities, so I'm looking to build an upgraded PC. (Plus, I watched a few youtube videos on building a PC, and it got me excited to try it.)

I was looking at an AMD Ryzen 5 3600. Would this be way faster than my current CPU? I looked on benchmark sites, and saw that processor has a way higher score than mine. However, I'm not sure how that actually translates to performance. I'm curious how much faster it would be. Also, if I'm just doing lightroom and photoshop, could I use something lower like a Ryzen 3?

Would it be a bad idea to use current parts from my pc? I planned on using the same SSD and GFX card, since I just bought both of them. Would it be a bad idea to use my existing case and power supply?

If anyone has any tips or part recommendations to keep the cost down (but still have decent performance), I would love to hear them!

Thanks!!
 
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I'm in the US. I'd like to keep it under $500, but the lower the better.

The psu is the standard one on an HP pavilion. Its 300w.

My ssd is a 250g from crucial.

The case is the stock one on the hp pavilion.

The hdd is stock also.
 

DSzymborski

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There are likely some quality issues given that this is a prebuilt, in addition to some level of proprietary parts.

I would not bother with a new build until you've saved enough that the budget supported a quality PSU and an aftermarket case.

A Ryzen 3600 build would be a massive improvement for these purposes.
 
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logainofhades

Titan
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Since you have storage, and graphics, that can be reused, I would look to a Ryzen 5 1600AF, at a minimum. I added a 1tb SSD. If you don't want/need the extra SSD storage, you could maybe step up to a faster CPU.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (12nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC MA01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($37.97 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.27 @ Amazon)
Total: $490.20
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-28 10:29 EDT-0400



PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($172.76 @ Walmart)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 Blue 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.27 @ Amazon)
Total: $499.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-28 10:34 EDT-0400
 
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