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Stephen Robert

Being a starter, I need to get a powerful graphic design PC that can resist a good load as I'll be working on 3d modeling and rendering, video editing as well. I'm having a budget of $1200. Yesterday I got the following deals from nearby store:


1) CPU: AMD R5 3600X
Graphics Card: RX 570
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Pro4
RAM: 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4-2666
Storage: 2TB Intel NVMe M.2 SSD
Power Supply: SeaSonic Focus 550
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4
Costing: $1100


2) CPU: AMD R7 3700X
Graphics Card: GTX 1660
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Steel Legend
RAM: 32GB (2 X 16GB) DDR4-3000
Storage 1: 1TB Samsung NVMe M.2 SSD
Storage 2: 2TB Intel NVMe M.2 SSD
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4
Costing: $1400


Building a custom one could save me a few bucks, but I'm not a tech geek. Though I'm stuck between choosing one that falls under my budget or the one with higher specs.
Is it worth adding $200 more to my budget? Need suggestions as the primary tools I'd be using includes: Adobe Creative Cloud with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and a few additional tools too.

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One option always worth looking at is the DELL Outlet - especially if you are not familiar with building your own machine.

Here you will find heavily discounted devices with as high a specification as you can imagine … from XPS gaming machines through workstations and servers.

An additional benefit is that the purchase will include a Windows license, not costed in your spec.

It will be pretty easy to obtain a Pro license and if you look at workstations even a Windows Pro for Workstations license.


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What are you using today?

Here is a quick run at a DIY build for $1150, I have not checked all the components for compatability:

AMD RYZEN 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6 GHz CPU
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Qty 2 32GB Memory
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 GAMING-ITX/AC AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Silicon Power 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 2280 TLC R/W up to 3,400/3,000 MB/s SSD
Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 590 8GB GDDR5 PCI-E Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP w/ Backplate
Thermaltake Core V1 Extreme Mini ITX Cube Chassis
CORSAIR CX-M Series CX550M 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-Modular Power Supply
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - OEM


Another big question with the type of work you are doing, where do you back up or store your files?

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Although dated … this series of articles might give you a few ideas.


I tried to bring the hardware up to date a year or so ago in this thread herein:


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