I'm looking at this PC Build and I want to know if it's the right one for me. I do a little gaming (not a ton, but a few modern games that require good graphics) and I utilize the Adobe Suite (mostly Photoshop, Audition, and Premiere). I also do some video and audio recording and have Pro Tools and the full Kontakt suite. Needless to say, I need a lot of space. All of this fits on my current laptop's hard drive which is just a standard HP. The only modifications I made were changing the RAM from 4 gb to 12 gb. However, the graphics card is the biggest issue and I find that I'm lagging pretty badly when I play games with good graphics or work with my Adobe products.
It sounds like you use a wide variety of productivity and creativity applications, with gaming being your secondary concern. In your situation, I'd start with the $1,000 Build Gaming/Productivity PC
, but then add three components to it to allow it to work best for you:
(1) Upgrade the Core i5-6600
to the Core i7-6700
. This adds $80 to the price, but is well worth it given that a number of your applications will make excellent use of Hyperthreading technology, which is what the Core i7 adds over the Core i5. You don't need to add or change anything else to use this CPU with the $1,000 build.
(2) Upgrade from 8GB to 16GB of Crucial DDR4-2133 RAM
. This adds $40 to the cost, but again, it's a very important upgrade for applications like Photoshop, which can easily exceed 8GB with a few high-res photos open. Given that your laptop already has 12GB, you definitely want more than that to ensure an improvement in performance.
(3) The $1,000 Build includes a large 750GB solid-state drive, which will be great for holding all your applications and for use as a scratch disk, but you'll likely need more storage for your completed work files. Therefore consider adding the Western Digital Blue 2TB hard drive
for $72. It's not fast, but it's a good value for the capacity, and is best used for data storage. You can also downsize the SSD if you decide to add the hard drive, for instance going to the Crucial MX300 525GB
All told, this will add around $200 to the build, but it will meet your needs a bit better than the standard $1,000 Build, without including unnecessary gaming-focused features like more expensive video cards or overclocking capabilities. The standard GTX 1060 spec'd for this build will be quite capable for any modern gaming, as will the Core i7-6700.
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