Photo Taco Lightroom Computer 2018



Lightroom Computer 2018

Jeff talks with computer building expert Matt Bach of Puget Systems about the best choices for building a Lightroom computer in 2018.  They talk about all of the decisions to make to custom build a Windows computer, as well as the recommendations for where it is worth spending the money if you are buying a Mac or a PC from a big box store.



Hey everybody, welcome to another episode of Photo Taco on the Master Photography Podcast Network. I am your host, Jeff Harmon, thanks so much for spending a few minutes of your day with me.  As I have said many times on the show, when I don’t feel like I can cover the topic of episode sufficiently I invite an expert on to go over it with me and today as we talk about computers to run Lightroom here in mid-2018, that expert is Matthew Bach from Puget Systems.  Thanks so much for joining me Matt! How are you doing?

Before we get too far into the episode I want to tell the listeners that this one is going to be long and have a lot of really technical information in it, but even if you aren’t interested in those nitty gritty details, try and hang on in the show because we will make sure there is advice for everyone including those who are going to buy a Mac or a pre-built PC like from HP or Dell.


Building vs. Buying a Lightroom Computer

Matt and I are going to geek out for the next hour or so on custom building a Lightroom computer running Windows, going over things one component at a time.  I am going to have Matt give his suggestion on what he would choose for each component and Matt I want you to recommend the very best Lightroom computer regardless of the cost.  Then I am going to provide recommendations on what I would go with if I was building a Lightroom computer with a hobbyist, budget conscious objective.

My recommendations won’t be the most inexpensive option to barely get it done for running Lightroom, but I will make some choices to save a few dollars, or in same cases a few hundred dollars.  I will also be making my selections based on the capability to do some overclocking, something that is 100% not for everyone as it can bring instability to the system and if you don’t know how to troubleshoot it then you could have a problem.

Don’t feel like you have to write everything down as we go along, not only will I have really detailed show notes along with links to a couple of other interesting sites with their takes on Lightroom computer builds, but there will be page over at that will have all of the details for the Photo Taco 2018 Lightroom Computer Build along with my affiliate links to Amazon.

If you are going to build a Lightroom computer or even upgrade a few of the pieces in your current computer, it won’t cost you anything more but if you use my affiliate links I will get a few dollars sent my way. I will include two build options, one that allows some room for overclocking and one that saves even more money and wouldn’t have quite as much headroom as far as dealing with heat in particular for overclocking but would be more stable.  Actually, if you are looking for stability the thing to do is have Puget build you a system, right Matt? You guys put builds through a significant amount of testing before sending them out the door?

One last thing before we start with the components, I have to briefly touch on the Mac vs. PC battle that continuously rages anywhere you talk about Lightroom computers.  I am not a hater of the Mac. I use a 2015 MacBook Pro for all of my mobile computer needs and continue to be a devoted user of the iPhone for mainly a security reason. There are things with the Mac that would make my life easier with the integrated ecosystem I wish I could have.  I choose to custom build a Windows based Lightroom computer for doing the majority of my post-processing because I know how to do that and it truly does save me a lot of money. That isn’t the case for the majority of the listeners, and if you choose Mac, that’s great.

As we go through the components if it is one where a photography gets to choose an option for that component when buying a Mac, I will ask Matt to provide his recommendation on what a photographer should choose.  A budget conscious recommendation, meaning a max out of the configuration is not in the budget.

As we do that, it should also make the choices applicable to those of you who don’t want to build a PC but still want to use a PC from Dell, HP, Lenovo, or the like.  Even better, you can hire Puget Systems to build one for you, which will have the added benefit of getting you a system that has been battle tested before you use it. To be clear, this not an ad for Puget Systems.  Matt is very kind to come on the show and help me tackle this topic with more experience and expertise than I have in building a PC and if I didn’t know how and enjoy doing it myself I very likely would have Puget do that for me.

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