Time to upgrade...

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shutterbug61 New Member • Posts: 13
Re: Time to upgrade...

I build my own PCs and so carefully evaluate the components that I'm going to put into any new system.

Based on your needs, as stated, and the fact that you're not currently interested in video editing or gaming you might want to consider a reasonably priced system built around a 2nd or 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processor with integrated RX Vega graphics. For your intended uses there is probably little to be gained from the expense of having a discrete graphics card, and the Vega integrated graphics processors are considerably more capable than the integrated graphics in the Intel Core CPUs. For example, here is a summary of user benchmarks comparing the Intel UHD Graphics 630 found in the Core CPUs with the AMD RX Vega 11 used in the AMD Ryzen 5 3400 and earlier 2400 CPUs.

Perhaps something like this "own brand" Canada Computers CC PRO Platinum A-162 Desktop, based on one of the latest 3rd generation AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 4 Core / 8 thread processors with the integrated RX Vega 11 graphics mentioned above. It includes 16GB RAM and a 480GB M.2 form factor SSD plugged directly into the GigaByte B450M DS3H motherboard...ideal for the Windows 10 Home operating system, installation of your applications, and for temporary work space. You could probably have them add something like a WD Blue 2TB or 4TB HDD for your photo storage. By default the SSD and HDD would appear as distinct drives (e.g. C: and D: under Windows), but since this system is based on the AMD AM4 socket and 400-series chipset (specifically the B450) the motherboard supports the AMD StoreMI technology. This enables the SSD and HDD to be configured to appear as a single logical drive and will automatically manage which of your most frequently accessed files are physically stored on the SSD for faster access.

If at a later stage you decide that you'd like to do video editing or gaming and find that the Vega 11 iGPU isn't quite up to the task (although you might be pleasantly surprised) then you can easily add a suitable discrete graphics card and bypass the iGPU.

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