A workstation for CAD and Photoshop

RAH77

New member
Hi All,

I am looking for a new PC for home working, I work as CAD technician / graphic designer so mainly use an industry GIS software, autocad and photoshop. I want to run a 40" 4k monitor and a 1080p 27" second monitor (portrait). I don't game, but would watch films on it.

This is my current work office set up, which I bought from PCS in 2015 and to be honest it still does everything I need very well for work.

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In the new system these are the specs:

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I just wanted to ask all you tech wizards, are any of these components massively overkill for what I need? I want a system that will be reliable and future proof for the next 5 years!

Just to explain: I've gone for 2 M2 drives, one is for OS and files, one is for Photoshop's scratch disk.

Many thanks for your help :)
 
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Steveyg

VALUED CONTRIBUTOR
For a little more mate we can really pump this build. This would be a much much stronger build with better balance, included a 500GB OS Drive, 2TB Storage M.2 and a 256GB SATA for a scratch disk

Also went for a more modern CPU which absolutely blows the 3800XT out of the water and a motherboard to suit. (I'd like to recommend the X570 TUF as the motherboard but it's out of stock right now). RAM that's a suitable speed for the CPU and double the amount. A Much stronger PSU to allow for upgrades and to let the build run cooler and quieter

A more suitable case for better airflow and a CPU cooler to keep the 5800x in check which can run really hot. Any questions fire away

Case
CORSAIR iCUE 4000X RGB Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX Case
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Eight Core CPU (3.8GHz-4.7GHz/36MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® STRIX B550-F GAMING (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (4 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
12GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3060 - HDMI, DP
1st Storage Drive
256GB PCS 2.5" SSD, SATA 6 Gb (500MB/R, 400MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SEAGATE FIRECUDA 530 GEN 4 PCIe NVMe (up to 7000MB/R, 3000MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB INTEL® 670p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 3500MB/sR | 2700MB/sW)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 850W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H115i ELITE CAPELLIX RGB Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Card
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Wireless Network Card
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10/11 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 13 to 16 working days
Price: £2,045.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/33bxqG8E5M/
 

RAH77

New member
Thank you very much Steve, I didn't know about the heat factor. I agree, much better balanced now. Looks like an extremely capable machine for not much more money than my original spec. Much appreciated! I am glad I asked for advice.
 
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