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Budget Ryzen 5 Photography Build

steve1975

10 months ago

I am looking to build my first computer in the coming months. The main use will be photographic editing and basic video editing. Software I will bei using include Gimp, Raw therapee and Kdenlive. Possibly streaming music via spotify nd occasional tv/movie via Netflix. I have decided on the Ryzen 5 2600 processor initially 8GBP ram but will expand to 16gb in future, 250gb SSD drive for operating system/sodtware and 1TB hard drive for storage will expand in future using additional drives internal or external. I plan on running Linux operating system as most software I use is available on that platform and I don't want to pay around £100 on an operating system. I would like to keep the initial build around the £400 Mark if possible. Not to bothered about graphics card to start but will add one at a later date. No monitors or keyboards needed I have the already. So there's my requirements what do you suggest, looking forward to people's input and advice.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Do be aware that the 2600 has no iGPU (and none of the motherboards will have onboard graphics), so you’ll have to buy a cheap GPU of some kind)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor £148.97 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard £63.47 @ Amazon UK
Memory *G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory £56.39 @ Amazon UK
Storage Crucial - BX500 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £30.73 @ Aria PC
Video Card Asus - GeForce GT 710 2 GB Video Card £53.99 @ Ebuyer
Case Aerocool - QS-240 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £30.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £52.97 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £437.51
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-15 09:52 GMT+0000
  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Is a gpu really essential for my needs?. I currently run most applications mentioned on an old laptop that has no gpu. They do run slow hence my need for a new pc. I appreciate that Kdenlive will probably benefit from a gpu for some tasks and will add a gpu and further ram in future. Thanks for your input it's really appreciated.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

You need some form of graphics chip to drive a display. The ryzen R5 2600 chips do not have an integrated on chip GPU, so without this you cannot drive a display. I would recommend looking at the r5 2400g as a starter at this budget. It has 4 cores and 8 threads and the best on chip GPU available. This also offers upgrade to any AM4 CPU going forwards with a dedicated GPU. Radeon GPUs (on and off CPU) tend to be better supported by Linux than Nvidia.

Edit: Build with all your needs covered.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor £134.99 @ Aria PC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard £67.19 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £62.49 @ Amazon UK
Storage Crucial - BX500 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £30.73 @ Aria PC
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £36.22 @ PC World Business
Case Aerocool - QS-240 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £30.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £52.97 @ Amazon UK
Case Fan ARCTIC - F12 PWM 53 CFM 120mm Fan £5.48 @ AWD-IT
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £421.06
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-15 10:43 GMT+0000
  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I notice both builds so far use 2x 4gb of ram. Could I go for a single 8gb and add a further 8gb in future to upgrade to my target of 16gb.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The board, at least the on I selected, has 4 ram slots so you can still achieve 16gb of ram. The reason I chose two sticks is because the on cpu graphics utilises the motherboard ram. Two sticks offers dual channel. If two sticks are on board then the bandwidth available, via dual channel, to the GPU is doubled thus providing more overhead. Now you can add one stick, the system will operate in single channel mode, which will limit this overhead, though whether it will impact on your activities in Linux I can not tell as I am not familiar with the software you'll be using. Hence I went for the safer option.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh right I was aware of dual channel but not how it affected things. I understand now why the builds suggested have 2x4gb. Thanks for your clear explanation.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Not necessarily, some chips wil have an integrated on die graphics chip.

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