Custom PC Build (for Photo editing) from BOX.CO.UK

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Posted 16th Dec 2019
Hi Guys

I understand lot of you have quite good experience in buying custom pc components. I was doing a build on box.co.uk and the attached configuration came up with £1154. The tempting thing is they are offering 24 months 0% APR on purchases over £299 and 3 year warranty. i guess the components may have more warranty.

is it worth buying from them on this price?

any other suggestions ok n components would also greatly appreciated. i am not buying any GPU as i won't be doing any video editing. Thank you very much

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Not the best combination for what you are doing.

Why you spend £150 on a case??

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with GTX 1650 super is what I get for that budget.
Edited by: "Cisco060606" 16th Dec 2019
Cisco06060616/12/2019 12:17

No.Not the best combination for what you are doing.Why you spend £150 on a …No.Not the best combination for what you are doing.Why you spend £150 on a case??AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with GTX 1650 super is what I get for that budget.


Yeah, for what you're doing I'd agree. With the 3700x you get an extra 8 cores (threads), which will help. You'll just need to get a GPU as the 3700x has no onboard graphics.

And yeah, no need for a big mad case for what you're doing.

Also, don't get 1 x 16GB stick, get 2 x 8GB as they will run in dual channel and you'll get better performance.
Self built

PCPartPicker Part List: uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…np8

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£285.18 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler (£34.96 @ More Computers)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£89.95 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£109.98 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Corsair MP510 960 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£104.98 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB TUF Gaming OC Video Card (£158.98 @ Novatech)
Case: Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: RIOTORO ENIGMA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£59.99 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £924.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-16 12:46 GMT+0000

Grap a cheap windows key from ebay.
Cisco06060616/12/2019 12:17

No.Not the best combination for what you are doing.Why you spend £150 on a …No.Not the best combination for what you are doing.Why you spend £150 on a case??AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with GTX 1650 super is what I get for that budget.


Thanks for taking a look. I am coming from a MacBook Pro Late 2011 i5 (7-8 years old) and it seems quite old even after upgrading the RAM to 16GB. The other thing I am trying is to future proof myself atleast for the next 6-7 years and if I get a chance to play games, I will try that too🤞

NZXT case is priced at 100 and some of the good rated ones costs £50-60 and this one looked nice with 5 star reviews.

Regarding AMD, I understand the editing apps (Lightroom/PS/Luminar4) won't use graphic cards and uses Integrated graphics? Please correct if I am wrong.
Their custom choices are RGB crazy, the coolers don't have any air options, all AIO liquid coolers.

You're paying a premium building your PC here, just so you know. Still £100 for 2 x 8GB RAM. But I built a PC with the 3700x etc. for just over £1000, no OS included.

But for £34 a month for a couple of years, I'd have no qualms buying it...
Cisco06060616/12/2019 12:47

Self builtPCPartPicker Part List: …Self builtPCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/YDDnp8CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£285.18 @ Aria PC) CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler (£34.96 @ More Computers) Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£89.95 @ AWD-IT) Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£109.98 @ Aria PC) Storage: Corsair MP510 960 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£104.98 @ Ebuyer) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB TUF Gaming OC Video Card (£158.98 @ Novatech) Case: Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.98 @ Amazon UK) Power Supply: RIOTORO ENIGMA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£59.99 @ CCL Computers) Total: £924.00Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-16 12:46 GMT+0000Grap a cheap windows key from ebay.


There you go, much more capable than what you'd posted (no offense of course), cheaper and there's even still some cuts that could be made if you wanted (cheaper case, less SSD storage, less RAM), but for what you're doing this is a brilliant spec and price tbh, the 32GB of RAM will be a god send for you more than likely.
Budget friendly alternative

PCPartPicker Part List: uk.pcpartpicker.com/lis…Wcq

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor (£145.98 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£74.99 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£52.98 @ Box Limited)
Storage: Corsair MP510 480 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£61.63 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case (£57.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: RIOTORO ENIGMA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£59.99 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £453.56
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-16 12:59 GMT+0000


GT 730 for £20 @ CEX or any cheap used video card
Cheap Windows key from ebay
Christoh16/12/2019 12:58

Their custom choices are RGB crazy, the coolers don't have any air …Their custom choices are RGB crazy, the coolers don't have any air options, all AIO liquid coolers. You're paying a premium building your PC here, just so you know. Still £100 for 2 x 8GB RAM. But I built a PC with the 3700x etc. for just over £1000, no OS included. But for £34 a month for a couple of years, I'd have no qualms buying it...


Actually, 2 years interest free finance was my only sticking point.
You reckon air coolers are better?
Yes, RAM they priced it mad - usually priced around £60-80, right? (2x8GB Corsair 3200)
Cisco06060616/12/2019 13:03

Budget friendly alternativePCPartPicker Part List: …Budget friendly alternativePCPartPicker Part List: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/td3WcqCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor (£145.98 @ Aria PC) Motherboard: Asus TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£74.99 @ AWD-IT) Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory (£52.98 @ Box Limited) Storage: Corsair MP510 480 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£61.63 @ CCL Computers) Case: Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB ATX Mid Tower Case (£57.99 @ Amazon UK) Power Supply: RIOTORO ENIGMA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£59.99 @ CCL Computers) Total: £453.56Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-16 12:59 GMT+0000GT 730 for £20 @ CEX or any cheap used video cardCheap Windows key from ebay


I think I can afford that without going for any finance. Thank you all for the suggestions
nivtl16/12/2019 13:08

Actually, 2 years interest free finance was my only sticking point. You …Actually, 2 years interest free finance was my only sticking point. You reckon air coolers are better? Yes, RAM they priced it mad - usually priced around £60-80, right? (2x8GB Corsair 3200)


I wouldn't use liquid again, mainly because I'm not overclocking much or at all (not much headroom in the new ryzen CPUs) and yeah, air coolers can be just as good if not better. Those 120mm AIO coolers or mostly poor, 240+ would be a minimum tbh.


But yes, air coolers myself.


Full liquid cooling system is different than an AIO and can really drop temps, they cost lots.

With regards to RAM, there's a deal ATM for 32gb for under £100.
Initial thoughts, especially if you want to save money.

if there is no video card required, you dont need 750w, you can make do with a 450w (or even less if this pc will never house a GPU card). You should make sure that the CPU has an inbuit video processor thing if that is the case
You can also save some money switching to Ryzen. It is far superior for editing if you are dropping that kind of money.
If you are not overclocking, don't worry about AIOs, go for a very small (but QUALITY) air cheap cooler like the noctua l9. (to be fair, noctua l9 isn't THAT cheap, but there is a reason that after so many years, they are still producing that thing)
Better to go for 2x8gb rather than 1x16gb. RAM is cheaper today than ever so it is a good time to buy
For the case, you should consider going ITX size or micro-atx size to add on savings on space
Edited by: "Artonox" 16th Dec 2019
Do you have £1100 to spend right now?
Shrekt16/12/2019 19:02

Do you have £1100 to spend right now?


Simple answer, I don't
nivtl16/12/2019 19:29

Simple answer, I don't


How much do you have right now? Generally I advise people against financing a PC
Why is that any specific reason? Basically, I want a high spec device to do the editing stuff. I can manage around £500.
nivtl16/12/2019 20:50

Why is that any specific reason? Basically, I want a high spec device to …Why is that any specific reason? Basically, I want a high spec device to do the editing stuff. I can manage around £500.


Is the photo editing professional (for a job)?
Yes as a second job
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