Ultimate Graphic Design Computer Build

Ultimate Graphic Design Computer Build in 2020

Graphic design is an art; the art of blending images and copy to convey a message through print or display media. If you are a graphic designer, you should equip yourself with the best PC. If you want the ultimate graphic design computer build in 2020, this guide is for you. This is the extreme configuration graphic design PC for serious graphic designers. This guide is what you need if you want the best performance hardware. In this article, I will practically guide you through choosing the best components to purchase and why you should.

Who is the Ultimate Graphic Design Computer Build for?

Are you a Graphic Designer or Adobe Photoshop expert? Do you handle heavy design work involving large files? This configuration is ideal for the heavy lifting graphic design work in apps such as Adobe Photoshop™, CorelDraw™, Adobe Indesign™, and Adobe Illustrator™.

We are going to be recommending both AMD and Intel-based ultimate graphic design computer build in 2020. Our technical department vets and carefully selects these components to work without compatibility issues arising from mismatched hardware.

These configurations are equipped with the latest SSD NVMe drives for the best file performance. NVMe SSD drives drastically improve the overall performance of PC’s over 80% in various operations. The Processor is a 9th generation Intel Core™ i7 processor for the best performance, with other options to choose from. With the ultimate graphic design PC, you don’t need to wait around for your computer to process stuff; design at blazing speed, and beat your deadlines clean!  

Recommendations for the Ultimate Graphic Design Computer Build in 2020

AMD BUILD

FULL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE ULTIMATE AMD BASED GRAPHIC DESIGN PC BUILD

ultimate graphic design computer build

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Graphics Card Options
(It is advisable to go for a budget Graphics Card, unless you want to do some gaming and video editing, in which case you must go for a mid-range or high-end card)

Budget
RX 5500 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Super
Radeon RX 580
GeForce GTX 1650
Radeon RX 570
Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
GeForce GTX 1060

Mid-Range Alternatives
Radeon Rx 5700 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2060 Super

High-End Alternatives
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2080 Super
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition

Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Alternative
Seagate Barracuda 6TB HDD

Boot Drive Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD

Alternative
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB – NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

Alternative
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB

CPU Cooler Bundled
Power Supply

Apevia ATX-SN900W Signature 900W 80+ Bronze Certified Active PFC ATX Modular Gaming Power Supply

Alternatives
Corsair 750W RM750x Fully Modular
CORSAIR HXi Series, HX850i, 850 Watt, 80+ Platinum
GAMEMAX RGB-850 ATX 850W Fully Modular 80+ 

Motherboard Gigabyte B450 AORUS Elite

Alternative
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

Alternatives
Redragon S101 Wired RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Case Options ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
NZXT H210 Mini-ITX PC Gaming Case
Enermax LL30 RGB Mid Tower
CORSAIR 110Q Mid-Tower Quiet ATX
darkFlash Micro ATX
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511
Zalman T7 ATX Mid Tower
Cooler Master MCB ATX
darkFlash Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower
ASUS TUF Gaming Mid-Tower
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
MSI Premium Mid-Tower Case
Display Options

ViewSonic 24 inch Professional Monitor

Alternatives
HP 23.8-inch Full HD 1080p IPS
ASUS 28″ 4K/UHD
LG 27″ 4K UHD IPS Monitor with HDR10
Samsung 28-Inch UHD 4K Gaming Monitor
AOC 32″ Super-Curved 4K UHD Monitor
BenQ PhotoVue 27 inch QHD Photography Monitor
BenQ 32 inch, 4K UHD Monitor, IPS Panel

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INTEL BUILD

FULL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE ULTIMATE INTEL BASED GRAPHIC DESIGN PC BUILD

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options
(Choose a water cooler for the i9 processors)
Intel Core i7 6700K
Intel Core i7-9700
Intel Core i7-8700
Intel Core i7-9700K 
Intel Core i9 9900K
Intel Core i9-9900KF 
Graphics Card Options
(It is advisable to go for a budget Graphics Card, unless you want to do some gaming and video editing, in which case you must go for a mid-range or high-end card)

Budget
RX 5500 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Super
Radeon RX 580
GeForce GTX 1650
Radeon RX 570
Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
GeForce GTX 1060

Mid-Range Alternatives
Radeon Rx 5700 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2060 Super

High-End Alternatives
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2080 Super
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition

Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Alternative
Seagate Barracuda 6TB HDD

Boot Drive Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD

Alternative
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB – NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

Alternative
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB

CPU Cooler Budget
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX CPU Air Cooler

Mid-Range
Cooler Master RGB CPU Air Cooler

High-End
Noctua NH-D15

Water Cooler Alternative
CORSAIR HYDRO Series H115i PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

Power Supply

Apevia ATX-SN900W Signature 900W 80+ Bronze Certified Active PFC ATX Modular Gaming Power Supply

Alternatives
Corsair 750W RM750x Fully Modular
CORSAIR HXi Series, HX850i, 850 Watt, 80+ Platinum
GAMEMAX RGB-850 ATX 850W Fully Modular 80+ 

Motherboard ASUS Prime Z390-A LGA 1151
MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA1151
ASUS Socket 1151 DDR4
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ULTRA
EVGA Z390 Dark LGA 1151
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI
Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

Alternatives
Redragon S101 Wired RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Case Options ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
NZXT H210 Mini-ITX PC Gaming Case
Enermax LL30 RGB Mid Tower
CORSAIR 110Q Mid-Tower Quiet ATX
darkFlash Micro ATX
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511
Zalman T7 ATX Mid Tower
Cooler Master MCB ATX
darkFlash Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower
ASUS TUF Gaming Mid-Tower
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
MSI Premium Mid-Tower Case
Display Options

ViewSonic 24 inch Professional Monitor

Alternatives
HP 23.8-inch Full HD 1080p IPS
ASUS 28″ 4K/UHD
LG 27″ 4K UHD IPS Monitor with HDR10
Samsung 28-Inch UHD 4K Gaming Monitor
AOC 32″ Super-Curved 4K UHD Monitor
BenQ PhotoVue 27 inch QHD Photography Monitor
BenQ 32 inch, 4K UHD Monitor, IPS Panel

Buying Guide for the Ultimate Graphic Design Computer Build in 2020

PROCESSOR

Intel Core i7 8700

The Processor is one of the major pieces of hardware and you should get the best you can afford for extreme and demanding workloads in graphic design. It is advisable to go for a six-core or eight-core processor with hyperthreading, giving you twice the cores logically, for boosted processing capabilities. 

Right now, AMD processors are preferred to Intel processors because of the value they offer vis a vis the price. Now, this is not to say that Intel chips are not relevant anymore, it’s just that AMD’s recent line of processors gave Intel really serious worries because AMD was the first to migrate to the 7-nanometer process. This gave rise to better performance and heat management overall.

We have selected the best AMD and Intel processors for your ultimate graphic design computer build in 2020 above, with matching motherboards and other hardware. There is also a guide on how to build your PC step by step.

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MOTHERBOARD

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The motherboard is going to house all your components, therefore it should be able to accommodate your configuration, and also make future updates possible. Gigabyte, Asus, MSI, and ASRock make good motherboards.

When picking a motherboard, ensure it will match your processor. For instance, only go for an Intel based motherboard if you want to buy an Intel processor. Intel based boards range from LGA 1155, LGA 2011 to the current LGA 1200.

Almost all the major high-end boards now support overclocking. However, it is good practice to get the best motherboard because it is likely to support this feature. This is only necessary if you are going to be overclocking your processor. Remember, overclocking the processor sometimes voids the warranty, so be sure before you do it.

CPU COOLER

Cooler Master Hyper LED CPU Cooler

The CPU Cooler uses effective airflow and static pressure to dissipate the heat away from the processor. Most of the current processors have their cooling fans included with the purchase. However, if you are going for the high-end Intel processors, you should get yourself a water cooler.

In addition, if you want are going for the high-end Intel processors like the i9, or you plan to overclock your CPU, then you must as a matter of necessity get a liquid CPU cooler. This is because these processors produce a whole lot of heat which the regular air cooler may not be able to handle under stress.

POWER SUPPLY

Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White Certified PSU

You need at least a 750-watt power supply for the ultimate graphic design Computer build in 2020. Modular Power supply kits give you more freedom and convenience when installing your components. Always go for modular. Also, make sure the power supply is rated 80+ for reliability.

If you plan to upgrade to higher end components in the future, then you should get a 1000 watt power supply. Other than that, having a 1000 watt power supply when your total system power draw is around 300 to 400 watts is probably overkill. A power supply of 650 to 750 watts would suffice.

HARD DISK DRIVE

Seagate Barracuda 3TB

The hard disk is a storage drive for all your media and graphics files. Graphic design files are quite heavy, therefore you need terabytes of storage because the drive can fill up quickly, especially if you are handling Adobe Photoshop files, which can be quite large.

Another option is to back up your files to an external hard drive, apart from backing it up on the storage drive. This is good practice, especially since hard drives are liable to fail. Eventually, if your storage drive fails, then you can easily fall back to the external hard drive.

A 6 or 8 terabyte storage drive will last you a long time. However, to be on the safe side, it is advisable to go for a RAID device. RAID is more reliable than a single hard drive for file storage. The Synology 2 bay NAS DiskStation is a good option.

SOLID STATE DRIVE

ultimate graphic design computer build

SSDs drastically reduce your boot times and file access times, and it gets even faster with an NVMe SSD. A SATA SSD can push data in the region of 400-550MB/s, while an NVMe SSD can achieve speeds of 2500MB/s or even more.

It is better to go for the NVMe SSD because it gives you the speed advantage over a normal SSD. It is good practice to install your operating system to the SSD, then use the regular hard disk drive as a storage drive. Do not store your user-generated graphics files and documents on the Desktop, Documents folder, or any of those folders you may see inside your SSD drive directory.

This practice will help prevent unnecessary headache which might happen if your system suffers from a virus attack, or in some cases, failure of the boot sector. This means you must re-format your SSD partition and reinstall your operating system. If you maintain this practice, you will not need to worry about losing your files, since they are safe on the storage drive.

RAM

For the ultimate graphic design computer build in 2020, you should consider at least a RAM size of16GB. However, for the best performance, you should go for 32GB of fast memory. Anything above this is overkill.

If you intend to upgrade your RAM in the future, then you should get a motherboard that should support the amount of memory you will need to get in the future.

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GRAPHICS CARD

ASUS Radeon RX 560 4GB EVO OC Edition GDDR5 Graphics Card

Normally, graphic design operations don’t really rely on the graphics card to carry out operations, unlike gaming. You could just plunk a low-end graphics card and still be fine. But then, Adobe Photoshop utilizes the graphics card for optimal functionality. Without a decent graphics card, Photoshop would not be able to provide certain GPU-assisted functions, which will seriously limit your speed and output.

So, apart from drawing pixels on your monitor, the graphics card helps in speeding up your graphic design workflow. You can just get by with a budget graphics card, but for the ultimate graphic design computer build in 2020, you need a mid-range to a high-end rated card.

A good option is the GTX 1080ti, RTX 2070 Super, or RTX 2080 Super. These cards are top-of-the-line Nvidia cards that provide enough horsepower for Photoshop image processing using CUDA. Also, if you plan to do some occasional gaming by the side, then you must invest in a high-end graphics card.

PC CASE

ultimate graphic design computer build

You can choose from a variety of cases, depending on your taste and budget. You should go for a mid-tower or full-tower ATX case for upgradability reasons.

You should also consider cooling options, whether the case has fans installed, whether it has front connectivity options for USB and audio. This can be quite handy during your design process, as you don’t need to reach for the back of the cases to plug in something unless it is absolutely necessary.

If you lean more on the aesthetics side, you should go for a case that has RGB lighting. There are many models with this feature.

KEYBOARD AND MOUSE

Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

The keyboard and mouse play a critical role in the design process – you need them to make input to the PC. A good and responsive keyboard will make your workflow quite easy. It’s always better to go for a keyboard and mouse combo because they offer better prices and value for money.

When gettin a keyboard, you may decide to go for a wireless keyboard for reasons of mobility and convenience. However, it is simply a matter of choice. If you are not going to be moving around much, then a wired keyboard is just okay.

You should also be mindful of ergonomics. Many keyboards have palm rest which helps to reduce strain on your wrists and fatigue. This make it possible to work for longer periods of time. You should go for gaming keyboards if you plan to do some gaming occassionaly with your graphic design PC. Otherwise, a normal keyboard/mouse combo will do just fine.

MONITOR

ultimate graphic design computer build

As a graphic designer, you want to accurately reproduce colors in print or on the web. That’s why you need a professional monitor that does just that. What we mean by Professional monitor is one that is designed to reproduce colors accurately, and have better image quality than regular monitors.

Professional monitors have features like hardware color calibration, professional color processing with advanced LUT capabilities which is able to generate trillions of colors, higher bit depth up to 10bit (regular monitors have like 6bit color depth), and more.

If you plan to go for a professional monitor, then pay attention to these features. You need consistency in color reproduction, from screen to print.

You should also make sure that the monitor panel is IPS. IPS panels allow you to view the screen from a very wide angle, sometimes up to 180o. This is especially invaluable if you are showing a design to a group of people on the design team. Furthermore, ensure the monitor is VESA compatible. This enables you to hang it on a wall, just in case you really don’t want it in your face on a table all the time.

Final Thoughts on the Ultimate Graphic Design Computer Build in 2020

Graphic Designers need the optimal hardware configurations for efficient workflow, and this ultimate graphic design computer build in 2020 has been carefully selected for the serious graphic designer. You might also want to check out other articles including the best budget gaming PC build for gamers, the best 3D Animation PC build and the best Video Editing PC build for all budgets.

Apart from hardware reviews, we also have more build guides for custom PCs to see. Engineering professionals will be spoilt for choices with the best Laptop for Solidworks 2020 for selecting a laptop for CAD. Do you need to purchase monitors for specific purposes? Check out our best 24 inch monitor for 2020 review. Go to this page to follow our guide on how to build your PC step by step.

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