Question upgrade PC for photo editing / lightroom

mojo-cutter

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Hi,
I'd like to upgrade my PC so I have a faster workflow in lightroom / Photoshop. Working in lightroom (espacially making a book) is a pain. Costs are not an issue.
My current system is as follow (build 7/2018):
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32GB (4x 8192MB) G.Skill Trident Z RGB für AMD Ryzen DDR4-3200 DIMM CL14-14-14-34 Quad Kit
5GB PNY Quadro P2000 Aktiv PCIe 3.0 x16 4xDisplayPort (Retail)
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8x 3.70GHz So.AM4 BOX
1000GB Crucial MX500 2.5" (6.4cm) SATA 6Gb/s 3D-NAND TLC (CT1000MX500SSD1)
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming AMD X470 So.AM4 Dual Channel DDR4 ATX Retail
500GB Crucial MX500 2.5" (6.4cm) SATA 6Gb/s 3D-NAND TLC (CT500MX500SSD1)
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Deutsch Betriebssystem DSP/SB PC (DVD)
400 Watt be quiet! Straight Power 10 Non-Modular 80+ Gold

My thought was to put a faster nvm-SSD in like Samsung MZ-V7S1T0BW 970 EVO Plus 1 TB NVMe M.2 Interne SSD. Than transfer the catalog of lightroom on there.

Would that work? Is it compatible with my motherboard (I think yes, just want to make sure)
Or are there other/better recommodations for a upgrade?
 
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Everything should work. If you're upgrading other components:

For CPU, you could use a Ryzen 9 3900x at least. 12 cores is plenty. For an X470 board, you would need to update your bios however before installing the new CPU

For GPU, I would go with a Quadro RTX 6000. A little note:

The Titan RTX and the Quadro RTX 6000 are basically identical. However, the 6000 is quite a bit more expensive. Why would I be getting a RTX 6000?

It's much more reliable and is orientated towards professional use. The VRAM has ECC and is of much better quality.

It means that you would need a new PSU. I have included a 750W PSU. I'm guessing you are German, so here is a parts list

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor | €507.89 @ Amazon Deutschland
Video Card | PNY Quadro RTX 6000 24 GB Video Card | €4349.95 @ Amazon Deutschland
Power Supply | SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | €123.05 @ Amazon Deutschland
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | €4980.89
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-18 14:29 CET+0100 |
 
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mojo-cutter

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Thank you for the fast reply.
I am from Germany - well recognized
I should not have boasted money is no issue :)
GPU is for hobby (enthusiastic fotographer) a bit too much.
I guess I start with the CPU and the NVMe M.2 Interne SSD. If I am still not satisfied I'll get the Titan RTX in addition.
 

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I'm not sure that the move from a SATA SSD to an NVMe drive will gain any great benefit here.

I recently added a 1TB Intel 660p, in a PCIe slot. (full specs in my sig below)
I did a test in Lightroom.
5 RAW pics from my Fuji, extensive edits to them.
Writing out to jpg.

Writing to a 250GB Samsung 840 (5 yrs old), 1TB Samsung 860 EVO (1 yr old), and 1TB Intel 660p NVMe (2 months old).
Took exactly the same amount of time.

Granted, the Samsung 970 you're considering is faster than my 660p.
But...zero difference between the SATA drives and the NVMe drive.

Adding a 970 EVO can't hurt, but I'd hesitate to expect major speed gains over a SATA SSD.
The CPU and RAM are doing most of the work there.
 

mojo-cutter

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Thanks for the input regarding NVMe.
I think than for the first step just the CPU will do.
More importantly I have to look into if I should organize my lightroom catalog and the distrbution of the pictures (RAW) on my harddiscs (SSD the most recent ones and on a NAS (Synology DS211: older pics I rarely edit).
 

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