Question New 2019 Photoshop Build ~$1100

Jan 12, 2019
I'm looking at building a new desktop for my photoshop/lightroom and very infrequent Premier work with hopes of upgradability or at least using some components in future PC builds. As a professional photographer who often prints images, that basically means I need a professional graphics card, just for the 10-bit support in Photoshop. I'd like to be able to edit large (often 2gb saved files) images with little slow down and in the future, be able to do some light gaming. I'll be storing most of my work across a network with a handful of shucked WD Red 8tb drives. Peripherals are not included in this budget though I'll be running 2-3 monitors (1440p and 4k). My budget (excluding a future consumer GPU upgrade) would be about $1100 and is not that flexible.

First, does anyone see any problems room for cost-efficient improvement in by build?
ie. Intel vs AMD CPU?

a cheap case
ASRock z390 Phantom Motherboard
Corsair 650w 80+ Bronze PSU
i5 9600k CPU
Quadro p600 GPU
Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler
Noctua NF-F12 case fans (total of 4 fans)
WD Black 500gb NVMe Boot Drive

At some point, it would be nice to also game on this PC, leading me to my next question....
Would it be possible to use the Quadro p600 exclusively for Photoshop and have a consumer graphics card run other tasks?

I'm thinking maybe a future 1660ti for gaming.
Only one monitor would be needed for gaming but I'd like to not switch my cables around between gaming and professional work.

Thank you in advance.


Oct 28, 2014
Why not 8 cores for around the same price? Extra cores would always come handy.
Yea, that should work, the 1660 ti is a good mid range options indeed.

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($288.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-D14 64.95 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($129.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - Black NVMe 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY - Quadro P600 2 GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox MB510L ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.66 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Noctua - NF-F12 PWM 54.97 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.95 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua - NF-F12 PWM 54.97 CFM 120mm Fan ($19.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1109.13
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-17 01:10 EDT-0400
Jan 12, 2019
I looked briefly into going up to 8 cores but most of the programs that I regularly use can't make great use of a bunch of cores. So I was thinking- if I can't have cores, I had better go for clock speed.
And no need for a HDD. I have 24tb on a NAS that I like to keep everything that isn't a program stored on.

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