Question The Best Possible $1,200 PC for the Real Estate Sector and Creative Software Usage

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Hello everyone! I need some help, and if anyone here could provide some guidance, I would be really grateful.

So, I'm a real estate agent with basic to intermediate skills in Photoshop, Revit, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve. I would like to build a PC that can handle creating advertising projects or smoothly run each of these programs.

My current budget is a bit tight, at $1,200. I know it's not a lot, but that's what I can afford right now.

I would really appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you in advance!

Best regards!
 
How important is it to you that a job gets done in 70 seconds rather than 90?

Translate that importance into the dollars you are willing to pay to avoid the 20 second delay.

20 seconds ten times an hour? Ten times a day? Ten times a week?

The difference between spending 1000 rather than 1400 may be minimal in your particular use case.
 
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How important is it to you that a job gets done in 70 seconds rather than 90?

Translate that importance into the dollars you are willing to pay to avoid the 20 second delay.

20 seconds ten times an hour? Ten times a day? Ten times a week?

The difference between spending 1000 rather than 1400 may be minimal in your particular use case.
Well, the truth is that I need a new computer. I've set aside a budget of $1,200, and I'd like to know what the best option is for building a computer with that budget at the moment.

I wanted to provide a bit more context about how I plan to use the computer, but in reality, I will purchase whatever you suggest within my budget. I know I can achieve some great results with your help.
 
Well, the truth is that I need a new computer. I've set aside a budget of $1,200, and I'd like to know what the best option is for building a computer with that budget at the moment.

I wanted to provide a bit more context about how I plan to use the computer, but in reality, I will purchase whatever you suggest within my budget. I know I can achieve some great results with your help.

Do you have any idea what level of video card is required to use your software in your intended way?

Maybe you can use integrated video and spend the saved money on a stronger CPU or superior storage or superior case/cooling/drive capacity.

What is your current CPU and video card combination?

Of course, avoid hard disk drives if at all possible.

Do you need all of these parts:

Case
cpu cooler
motherboard
cpu
drives
RAM
case fans
power supply
Windows

Are you replacing it because it has failed or because you are unhappy with performance? Trying to get a gauge on your expectations.
 
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Do you have any idea what level of video card is required to use your software in your intended way?

Maybe you can use integrated video and spend the saved money on a stronger CPU or superior storage or superior case/cooling/drive capacity.

What is your current CPU and video card combination?

Of course, avoid hard disk drives if at all possible.

Do you need all of these parts:

Case
cpu cooler
motherboard
cpu
drives
RAM
case fans
power supply
Windows

Are you replacing it because it has failed or because you are unhappy with performance? Trying to get a gauge on your expectations.
I actually need everything except for Windows.

Currently, I have a 2020 MacBook Pro, but it's no longer suitable for After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Since I'm forced to get a new PC, I'd like to switch back to Windows and have a desktop computer.
 
I assume you intend to build this yourself, rather than buy a pre-built.

No???

Very roughly:

case 75 to 100, with a fan or two included
motherboard 150 to 175
RAM 75 to 100; probably 32 gb
cpu cooler 50; maybe Deep Cool
SSD; unknown how much size you need; say 100
power supply 100; high quality 600 watts or more.

total say 600

Plus video card and CPU for the remaining 600. You need to figure out if you need to split that 200 CPU/400 video card or 400 CPU/200 video card or even 400 CPU, no video card.

There are a lot of possibilities with Intel 13th generation CPUs, i5-13400 on up to i7-13700K. Maybe 250 to 400 dollars.

Can't help you on AMD, but that would certainly work as well.

I'd concentrate for now on video requirements. After that is known, you can quickly come up with the rest of the hardware within the 1200 budget.
 
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I assume you intend to build this yourself, rather than buy a pre-built.

No???

Very roughly:

case 75 to 100, with a fan or two included
motherboard 150 to 175
RAM 75 to 100; probably 32 gb
cpu cooler 50; maybe Deep Cool
SSD; unknown how much size you need; say 100
power supply 100; high quality 600 watts or more.

total say 600

Plus video card and CPU for the remaining 600. You need to figure out if you need to split that 200 CPU/400 video card or 400 CPU/200 video card or even 400 CPU, no video card.

There are a lot of possibilities with Intel 13th generation CPUs, i5-13400 on up to i7-13700K. Maybe 250 to 400 dollars.

Can't help you on AMD, but that would certainly work as well.

I'd concentrate for now on video requirements. After that is known, you can quickly come up with the rest of the hardware within the 1200 budget.
I appreciate your help, and yes, I plan to build the computer myself by purchasing components on Amazon. I live outside the United States, and Amazon is a reliable source for people like me who are located outside the US.
 
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i5-13500 2.5 GHz 14-Core Processor ($247.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AK400 66.47 CFM CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: *Gigabyte B760M GAMING X AX DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: *Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: *Crucial P3 Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Case: *Fractal Design Focus 2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: *Corsair RM750e (2023) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: *Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: *ARCTIC P12 56.3 CFM 120 mm Fan ($9.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $872.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-05-09 16:33 EDT-0400
 
So i am guessing you are gonna use the PC for showing 3D models of the houses if available? So just viewing the models in CAD softwares? Or are you gonna also modify or create those 3D models for showing them a preview and such?

So you can confirm as either viewing only CAD usage or CAD usage for design

Same goes for the DaVinci Resolve, are you going to make preview videos of the houses/plots? working with 4k videos?

So if you want a decent GPU for the CAD and DaVinci Resolve, i would suggest the following:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-13500 2.5 GHz 14-Core Processor ($247.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Soul 135 82 CFM CPU Cooler ($30.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B760M GAMING X AX DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: MSI SPATIUM M480 PLAY 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ GameStop)
Video Card: Zotac GAMING Twin Edge OC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti LHR 8 GB Video Card ($394.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Pop Mini Air MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($78.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM750e (2023) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1205.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-05-11 04:32 EDT-0400

If GPU is not a priority, you can get a GPU with lots of vide outputs for ease of use, multi monitor setup: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6z...ger-itx-arc-a380-6-gb-video-card-a380-cli-6go
 
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i5-13500 2.5 GHz 14-Core Processor ($247.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AK400 66.47 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: *MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: *G.Skill Ripjaws S5 48 GB (2 x 24 GB) DDR5-6000 CL40 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($88.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: *MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ventus 2X 12G GeForce RTX 3060 12GB 12 GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: *Fractal Design Pop Air ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: *Corsair RM750e (2023) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1120.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-07-27 13:05 EDT-0400