Recommended Hardware for Adobe Lightroom CC

Hardware We Recommend For Adobe Lightroom CC

Designing the right system for the current scenario is a core element of our mantra at Top Flight Computers. If you don't get the right parts, it doesn't matter how much you spend on your'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.

Workstation Build Index

Lightroom CC Workstation Overview


Processor (CPU): Intel i7-8700K

We chose the i7-8700K for its extremely high single-core performance. The i7-8700K also has a very competitive multithreaded performance, which is helpful in situations that can use several CPU threads. NOTE: Changing from an 8700K to a different, higher-end CPU, can give you access to more memory at the cost of single-core speed. Sometimes, this extra memory is worth the CPU speed hit, as it saves you from having to re-render content. This can be very helpful when working with a very large project.

CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX Black

To ensure that the CPU remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket air cooler. While water cooling does cool better than air does, a big air cooler will do quite well when leaving the CPU at stock settings. Air coolers are also more reliable, as they don't have a pump that can fail. If the fan on this air cooler fails, the system has enough internal cooling to allow you to quickly order a new fan, and finish your work. That being said, higher-end closed-loop liquid coolers do come with very long manufacturer warranties (upwards of 7 years), so the failure rate is extremely low.

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING WIFI

Because this system requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from Gigabyte. This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, multiple PCI 3.0 slots, support for multiple M2 NVME drives, and up to 64GB of memory.

Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2666

We went with 16GB of Vengeance LPX memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips. This setup will give the user plenty of room for open applications. Lightroom can use large amounts of memory during certain operations, and with certain filters and effects enabled. As Coffee Lake Refresh is a dual-channel DDR4-2666 platform, the system is more stable by using 2 DIMMs of DDR4-2666.

Storage (Hard Drives): HP EX920 512GB NVME + HP EX920 1TB NVME + WD Red 2TB HDD

The main storage NVME SSD, project/caching NVME SSD, and archival HDD were chosen for their high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

Video Card (GPU): Zotac GTX 1060 6GB

The video card was chosen for its large memory capacity, ample CUDA cores, and support for 4K resolution. This video card has a very capable aftermarket cooling solution, and will prevent any sort of thermal throttling from taking place. We do recommend having at least a GTX 1060, as CUDA acceleration in Lightroom CC is growing as Adobe adds support.

Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 TEMPERED GLASS Mid-Tower Case

The case was chosen for its high build quality, room for plenty of high-end hardware, and high amount of cooling potential.

Fans: 3x Phanteks PH-F120MP

We have selected a set of high-quality pressure-optimized fans to ensure sufficient airflow in the case to keep the system stable under heavy load. Having high quality fans also means less noise, even when the fans are spinning at high RPM.

Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550W Semi-Modular

The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load. Using a high quality power supply means better power delivery, and cleaner power. Messy power can result in a system failure, corruption of data, or even a hardware crash.

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