My brother wants to build a PC mainly for amateur (raw) photo editing in Lightroom/Gimp and video editing in Davinci Resolve. Currently lightroom is painfully slow on his old T520 thinkpad and Resolve wont even start. The goal is to get those applications running well enough for hobby projects (short 1080p Videos, etc.) without spending too much money.
The recommendations for Davinci Resolve are mostly a GPU with 2GB ram, since most the calculations are done on CUDA, and 16 GB of ram.
We have so far settled on the following:
- GTX 1050 TI
- 16 GB ram (DDR3/DDR4? Depends on the choice of the CPU I guess)
The big question is which CPU. The market looks pretty confusing to me, and I also don't really know what specs we need. We went through some benchmark lists and found the following ones to look interesting:
Intel Pentium G4560 (~68€):
2 Cores (+ HT), 3.5 GHz, DDR4-2400
AMD A10-7870K (~110€):
4 Cores (no HT), 3.9 GHz, DDR3-2133
AMD FX-8350 (~103€):
8 Cores (no HT), 4.0GHz, DDR3-1866
It looks like the last two (especially the FX) are older higher-end models. I know cores and GHz isn't everything, but I have no idea which one is ultimately faster (is AMD still considered the less efficient architecture?).
The first two have an internal GPU, since we have the 1050 Ti this is not required but I guess it doesn't hurt.
Maybe important: the Pentium has hardware support for encoding/decoding of different codecs like h264, jpeg, etc. Not sure if Lightroom and Resolve make use of that?
Can anyone please recommend me a good CPU? Of course, if none of the above is a good choice, a different one is ok too.
(Fun fact: last time I build a pc it had an Athlon XP 2800+ and 1gb of ram, I think a lot has changed since...)