Assembling a computer for a graphic designer for 110,000 rubles (March 2020)

Assembling a computer for a designer requires a specific approach to the selection of components and a monitor. At a minimum, it is necessary to take into account the peculiarities of the work of specialized software on different hardware. We have already published a budget office assembly , but it is of little use for the work of a designer. Therefore, let’s try to assemble a computer for design, including a monitor, and keep within 110 thousand rubles.

Our configuration is selected for optimal work in the software profile for the designer: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, etc.

Processor: Intel Core i5-9600KF
Graphics software, in particular Adobe Photoshop, is sensitive to the number of physical cores and frequency, and better optimization with the Intel platform makes the Core i5-9600KF processor optimal for our budget. Six cores and a base frequency of 3.70 GHz is what you need.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z390 UD
Our processor has an unlocked multiplier, so the logical solution would be to use a motherboard with a chipset that supports overclocking. Let’s stop our choice on Z390 UD from GIGABYTE with a powerful power supply scheme that will pull out both a good overclock and an upgrade to an older processor.

Body: Deepcool MATREXX 55 MESH
The choice of case for the system unit is largely a matter of taste. The main condition is the possibility of organizing effective air exchange. For our configuration, we will choose a “blown” Deepcool MATREXX 55 MESH with the ability to install both 120mm and 140mm fans.

Video card: ASUS Phoenix GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER OC
A number of operations performed by graphics programs load the GPU, while integrated video adapters show significantly lower performance than discrete ones. But flagship graphics cards don’t offer a noticeable performance boost in graphics software. Our choice is ASUS Phoenix GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER OC.

Video card ASUS Phoenix GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER OC [PH-GTX1650S-O4G]
CPU cooler: Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct
Performance processors require efficient cooling. Especially if it is allowed, and even more so if overclocking is planned. Let’s stop at True Spirit 140 Direct from Thermalright, capable of dissipating up to 200 watts of heat. It features a 140mm fan that delivers efficiency without disturbing the silence.

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CPU cooler Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct [TS-140-DIRECT] 3 999 *
RAM: G.Skill AEGIS 8GB x 2pcs
There is never too much RAM. This is especially true for those who use a large number of simultaneously open projects, programs and browser tabs in their work. But let’s not go to extremes and stop at a reasonable amount of RAM – 16 GB. Let’s dial this volume with two G.Skill AEGIS 8 GB slats.

RAM G.Skill AEGIS [F4-3000C16S-8GISB] 8 GB 3,999 *
SSD: A-Data XPG SX6000 Lite M.2 256 GB
The drive in our configuration will be an SSD in the M.2 XPG SX6000 Lite form factor from A-Data. This is an inexpensive PCI-E SSD. The volume of 256 GB will be enough for installing the operating system and the necessary graphics programs, as well as for several weighty work projects.

256 GB SSD M.2 drive A-Data XPG SX6000 Lite [ASX6000LNP-256GT-C] 3,999 *
HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 2 TB
The designer needs the second drive for at least two reasons. Firstly, to store an archive of projects that are currently not needed, but may be needed. Secondly, to back up working materials to reduce the risk of losing them in case of problems with the main drive. We take Seagate BarraCuda for 2 TB.

2 TB Seagate BarraCuda Hard Drive [ST2000DM008] 10,799 *
Power Supply: Chieftec Power Smart Series 650W
The power supply for our configuration will be a 650W Chieftec Power Smart Series. This is an 80 Plus Gold energy efficient power supply. The power of 650 W in our collection will be enough, even there will be some reserve for the future. For example, if you need a more productive (and gluttonous) video card.

Chieftec POWER SMART 650W [GPS-650C] 8 159 *
Case fans: Arctic Cooling P14 PWM and P12 PWM
Let’s add some case fans for more efficient air exchange. The front panel of the case supports the installation of three 140 mm fans. Let’s take this opportunity and install a pair of Arctic Cooling P14 PWM. The rear wall only supports a 120mm fan. We take – Arctic Cooling P12 PWM

Fan Arctic Cooling P12 PWM [ACFAN00119A]

[120 x 120 mm, 4-pin, 200 rpm – 1800 rpm, 22.5 dB, 1 included]
975 *
231 13
In stores: in 1 store

Fan Arctic Cooling P14 PWM [ACFAN00124A]

[140 x 140 mm, 4-pin, 200 rpm – 1700 rpm, 22.5 dB, 1 included]
1 169 *
92 five
Stores: 3 stores
Monitor: AOC U3277PWQU
The monitor is, perhaps, the main working tool of the designer and it is not worth saving on it. One of the key characteristics in this case is the color gamut. We tried and found a 31.5 ”AOC U3277PWQU built on the basis of an MVA matrix with 99.9% sRGB color gamut, and 87.6% Adobe RGB and 4K resolution (3840 * 2160).

31.5″ Monitor AOC U3277PWQU/01 black 49 999 *
In fairness, it should be noted that this is not a professional monitor, but a model with an extended color gamut (1.07 billion colors versus the standard 16.7 million). Professional solutions will cost many times more, which will lead to a significant excess of our budget.

*The availability of goods and the cost of components is relevant for the city of Krasnodar.

The current configuration will easily cope with any tasks that a graphic designer may have. We have tried to select components in such a way that there are no optimization problems with graphics software, and the performance of a working computer does not become a stumbling block during a creative workflow.

I want it cheaper!
If you want to save money in the first place, you can abandon the hard drive. Just don’t forget about backups. Those who want to save even more can be offered to replace the motherboard by choosing something simpler on the H370 chipset . At the same time, it is worth remembering that you can forget about overclocking. Well, if so, then you can also replace the processor with a Core i5-9400F , although losing 700 MHz of the base frequency compared to the Core i5-9600KF. And such a processor needs more modest cooling, for example, Deepcool Gammaxx 300 .

I want an upgrade!
It would be advisable to increase the amount of RAM by adding two more 8 GB sticks – the motherboard allows this. You can also replace the processor with a more powerful Core i7-9700KF or, if the budget allows, with Core i9-9900KS . If necessary, you can also replace the video card, taking, for example, GTX 2070 Super .