Question System Upgrade Options for Photographer

ajcke

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In 2015 I built a computer for my wife who's a photographer. Components listed below. What are some options for upgrading? We are considering upgrading the board, CPU, GPU, and NVME ssd. We're also interested in upgrading the monitor. She's having some color calibration issues. In 2020 I posted a similar question and the consensus was to wait a few more months as I wouldn't get much improvement with the current lineup of CPU/GPU for the price I'd be paying. I've waited two years instead of a couple of months. Budget=$2500

She's mainly a Lightroom and Photoshop user. She is in these applications for several hours a day. I reinstall the OS (Windows 10) once a year. The system is starting to show it's age and/or Lightroom/Photoshop's requirements are getting steeper.

CPU and Memory are not taxed but I am constantly hearing that Lightroom is slow. Sometimes, lately, the thing randomly reboots while she's using it.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK ATX LGA1150 Motherboard REV 1.1
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) DIMM 1866 MHz PC3-15000 DDR3 SDRAM
OS Drive: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5Solid State Drive
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 2x
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290 4GB TWIN FROZR
Case: Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX
Monitor: Dell U2913WM 60Hz 29.0
 

tennis2

Judicious
Would need to do some research into color accuracy of 34" 21:9 monitors.

(this will depend on her usage) I wonder about just using the IGP on the CPU?

Assuming reusing case, HDDs. If no dGPU, could re-use the PSU.

How old is the PSU?

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor ($384.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($179.95 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD_BLACK SN750 Rev2 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ B&H)
Total: $979.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-04-20 14:43 EDT-0400


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WI-FI) Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($161.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD_BLACK SN750 Rev2 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ B&H)
Total: $836.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-04-20 14:47 EDT-0400
 
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logainofhades

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A little over, but with GPU pricing as it is, it is a bit difficult. You can use cuda acceleration, with Nvidia cards. The monitor I have on here came from a best monitors for photo editing, on techradar.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor ($384.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($199.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($234.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($102.64 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Enterprise 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3050 8GB 8 GB GAMING X Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H510 Flow ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NZXT)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2021) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Corsair)
Monitor: BenQ PD3200U 32.0" 3840x2160 60 Hz Monitor ($696.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $2509.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-04-20 14:54 EDT-0400
 
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Why_Me

Glorious
https://www.newegg.com/black-be-quiet-pure-base-atx-micro-atx-mid-tower/p/2AM-0037-00071
be quiet! Pure Base 500DX Black Mid Tower Computer Case $109.90

Phanteks AMP 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $59.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144531
MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4 $139.99

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i7-12700f-core-i7-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118359
Intel Core i7-12700F $312.96

https://www.amazon.com/DeepCool-AK620-High-Performance-Dual-Tower-Dissipation/dp/B09CSXS3X4
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler $64.99

https://www.newegg.com/team-64gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820331496
Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z DDR4 3200MHz 64GB (2x32GB) CL16 $252.99

PNY XLR8 CS3030 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Internal SSD $196.59

ASUS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 OC Graphics Card $379.99

https://www.amazon.com/Windows-Software-English-Original-Lifetime/dp/B09T79JGDB/
Windows 10 Home USB | Free Upgrade to Windows 11 $99.00

Total: $1617

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/PRO-B660M-A-DDR4

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/deepcool-ak620-review

https://www.bequiet.com/en/case/1854

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134592/intel-core-i712700f-processor-25m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html

 
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