Note: This post is not in any way a sponsored or paid for. I bought all the components mentioned below for full price myself.
Whether we like it or not most of us has to spend a lot of time in front of computer screens. When I’m shooting on location I use a Macbook Pro but when it comes to the heavy photoshop work I have always relied on building my own computers. There are a few reasons for this, one of them being that it’s cheaper in terms of the performance you get out of the system (quite a big difference compared to a Mac Pro) but it also gives you the possibility to customize your system just the way you want and optimize it for the programs you use!
I thought I could share my build with you in case you’re thinking about building a system yourself. My primary programs are Photoshop and Lightroom but also occasionally Premiere Pro and Aftereffects. The monitor is still the most important part of a editing computer and I will still stick with my highly reliable Eizo Coloredge CG318-4k. Julian Erksmeyer helped me pick out the components for the system based on my needs and it ended up being a very fast machine at a fairly affordable price.
Processor: Intel i9 9900K
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D15S
RAM: G.SKILL 64GB - 3200 MHz
HDD: M.2 515gb System Disk, M.2 256gb Scratch-/Project Disk, SSD 4tb Large Project Disk
Graphics card: PNY QUADRO RTX 4000 (for 30bit color support in Photoshop)
Motherboard: Asus Z390-F
PSU: Seasonic 750W platinum
Case: Fractal Design R5 - White
Total Cost: ~ € 3 000 EURO +VAT
If you consider building your own computer and need advise I can gladly recommend getting in touch with Julian Erksmeyer. He is currently building a small powerful workstation and you can follow his work here: https://www.erksmeyer.de/build-a-small-workstation/