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I've had this PC since black Friday 2017, and have changed/upgraded a few things as I went through the year. So here we are in 2019, with a PC that I'm extremely satisfied with (at least for now...) and don't see myself getting rid of anytime soon.

The name Peter Parker comes from Spiderman (duh), and from me being a professional photographer. Collide the two worlds, and boom, you have my blue and red editing PC.

Alright, without further ado, let's get into the build! Just do keep in mind this was built what feels like forever ago.

The CPU: At the time, I chose the Ryzen 5 1600 due to its high thread count and insanely low price. I think I got it for 200 with the motherboard, which is still a steal. It’s still going strong, though now at 3.75ghz, and rips through photoshop, lightroom, premier, davinci, and pretty much any other program I throw its way. Oh, and it games well too.

The GPU: Coming from a GTX 970, this thing was and still seems insane. Now I have it OC’d to 2100mhz on the core and 4400mhz on the memory. Photoshop loves Nvidia for acceleration, and honestly nothing AMD has comes close to the price to performance of the 1070. For my 2560x1080 ultrawide it’s perfect, and occasionally I use it for my triple 1080 setup.

The Motherboard: I mean, this motherboard isn’t great but it doesn’t suck. MSI has a somewhat decent bios, and at the time this was practically free with the CPU. It still works well, someday I’ll get an NVME drive for the M.2 slot. It looks nice as a bonus.

The Memory: When I bought memory for this system it was freakin’ expensive! Most 16gb kits were $180, so I sacrificed some speed and got these for $140ish. They OC’d to 3100mhz just fine, so no big deal there. I replaced the heatsinks on them with some old Vengeance units I had in a box, and I think they look pretty dang good.

The Cooler: It's there, just listed as a custom part. So this one may seem a bit strange, but I’ve used products from Gamdias before, and the quality has always surprised me. This cooler is much of the same. It came with a fan hub, RGB fans, and all of the lights are fully addressable. Even at the full price, it’s a great deal, and keeps my CPU below 60 at full load with a tiny overclock. I got it for 75 bucks (!) which is a total and complete steal.

The Case: Honestly wish I had the black/red version, but this was on sale for $30 when I built this system. Kind of a no-brainer. Plus, the blue/black/red makes the system feel a little unique. And like Spiderman.

The SSD: I think it was $60 at the time, and I’ve always trusted Samsung drives to be some of the most reliable and fastest SSDs out there. I didn’t need any more than 250gb, though now that 500gb NVME units are so cheap, I might pick up one of those.

The HDD: WD is the only hard drive brand I will ever buy, and this 2tb is plenty for games and miscellaneous stuff. I have 2tb of Google Drive and another 4tb of external hard drives for client photos and backups.

The PSU: Got it for $15. I know it isn’t a great unit, but $15. I just wish it was modular so I didn’t have a rat’s nest in the basement.

The Monitor: GOD I love this thing. 34 inches of 99% adobe RGB glory. And it’s 75hz, which is great for gaming. I couldn’t get a curved on since for photography straight lines are important. Having an ultrawide is a godsend for lightroom. I have it on a bolt-in mount that goes straight through my desk so it never moves an inch.

The Keyboard: Picked this dude up for $45 on promo code at fry’s, and it’s been great. I came from a TKL, non-illuminated, kailh red switch keyboard, and cherry browns are so much better. I’m using this thing all the time, and having illumination and macros is great for photoshop shortcuts and hotkeys. Also love the media controls, makes it way easier to switch songs on Spotify.

The Mouse: I’ve had this Roccat mouse for years and it’s still going strong. Every button feels great, the weight and size is perfect for my claw grip, and the sensor is great. Literally no complaints.

The Headphones: You can hear God with these. 11/10 the rumors are true these are the best. And they’re so comfortable you forget you’re wearing them.

The Mic: Even though this is overkill for discord, I love it and so do my friends. And when I stream it does a great job of sounding amazing. 10/10 would recommend.

So there you are, my setup going into 2019. Let me know what you think I’m missing, and maybe I’ll end up buying it. Thanks for having a look!

Until next time!

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice system. I chose a 1070 and Ryzen 1600 with the same Mobo. Works well for me on dual 1080 monitors. Wish I could upgrade Mobo or cooler tho. Very nice build!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! The 1070 and ryzen 1600 are a match made in heaven. And just so you know, if you upgrade the cooler your system will be way quieter. That stock AMD cooler hums a lot.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Will do! love the aio!

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice red build! I was confused about the ram until i saw the description about the heatsinks.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yeah, it's a little strange seeing those old heatspreaders on a new build.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you go for a micro atx? Was there an intention or just because they are a bit cheaper

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Purely for the price. I'll be switching to an SLI capable board in the next revision of this, but for now there's no reason to.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Curious as to what sort of files you work with mostly. I am a professional photographer looking to make the Mac - PC switch and I shoot with a D850 mostly, and also scan medium format and 4x5 film at high DPI 16-bit TIFFS.

Would love to hear your thoughts on how it's been specifically for this sort of work. Do you run LR or Capture One? I really want to make sure my build can really handle generating mass thumbnails and image previews as swiftly as possible.

Thanks so much!

Also I obviously appreciate the sleek shots you took of this.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, thanks for the compliment! It was fun getting creative with such a simple setup.

My workflow generally consists of 42mp RAW files from my A7RII, 24mp RAWs from my A7III, and the occasional 4k video. I work in Lightroom, and honestly, the two biggest limits in my workflow have been SD cards (wish I had XQD slots on my sonys) and my external hard drives.

The PC does a great job at keeping up with the stupid big files out of my sony cameras, and scrubs through video very smoothly.

If I could change anything to make it faster, I'd throw in a couple 1TB SSDs since they're so cheap now, and get some more UHS-II cards for my cameras. Switching to a 250 mb/s card cut my import times in half, and when I tested an external SSD, that cut it in half again. I never really have to wait for thumbnails if things are on my SSD, but if they're on my HDD, different story.

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions! I'm not quite as active on this site anymore, but I still check in every few days.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah thanks so much man. This is crazy helpful. I'm very nervous about the switch from MAC to PC as MAC is so industry standard for our work and the creative industry. But getting this kind of workhorse power for literally half the price, plus future modding capability seems to make the most sense. I use XQD cards and SD UHS-II mostly so happy to know the import times will be lightning fast, it's been a nightmare on this f**king fusion drive. And thanks for the recommendation on the additional SSD's, I would certainly have all my working files on the Solid States, and backups on the HDD RAID.

Also, any links to your work? Would love to scope it out.

-Brandon-

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

any issues with AMD and lightroom, photoshop or premier? thats my main intention of my build. Just trying to get user feedback on that CPU

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

In Premier it does great, same with Photoshop. Lightroom isn't too amazing, though. Kinda sluggish, but still faster than any intel CPU in the price range of the 1600. If you can, I'd go with a 4c/8t i7 over the ryzen CPUs.

I will say however that having an Nvidia GPU is a must for any of the adobe suite. Having GPU acceleration enabled in Premier, Photoshop, and even Lightroom makes a huge difference when rendering previews and scrubbing through footage. Even if it's just a base level 1060 it'll make a big impact.

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