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Question Choosing a New GPU for Photo Editing

t9i2

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Hi,

I am looking for a PC for photo editing, especially Photoshop. Any advice for a budget of ~$2000, incl. 24"-27" monitor?

Thank You.
 

Newtonius

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You don't need to focus on a GPU for photo editing, what you really need to focus on is RAM, CPU, and Monitor.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/XsR3tp

Check out the link above to see a custom build list.

-- What I chose and why --

CPU: 9700K will give you best core clock frequencies (amount of tasks per core) which photoshop prefers over multi-threaded perforamnce. So AMD performs worse on photoshop.

RAM: Anyhting above 3200MHz is ideal for optimal perfomance. Trident Z being the best ram on the market right now. And you have the money to spare apparently for the best.

Monitor: You can choose any other monitor you prefer but I highly recommend a monitor that has these qualities:

  • IPS PANEL (For best colors)
  • Anything above or around 400Nits (this is max brightness, anything above 400 gives you HDR support, meaning true blacks and whites) though this isn't critical, 300 will also work fine.
  • Above 60Hz refresh rate (The smoother you move around around your screen the better it feels to edit, this is subjective though)
  • 27" screen size. The more real estate the easier it is to edit larger files. This comes from personal experience.
GPU: The 5700XT is a cheap but powerful card that will handle 1440p gaming if you so choose to play games. You don't need a super powerful graphics card though to photo edit. Even an old video card will be fine, just as long as it has the proper video output ports for your monitor.
 
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