I am investigating my next Desktop Upgrade. I am not a gamer but spend a lot of time on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (less so Adobe Premiere but a little bit).
From what I gather Lightroom doesn't use the GPU much but needs raw CPU power with clock speed being more important for normal real time operations (switching images, applying editing, etc..) and # of Core being important for generating previews and exporting images.
I seem to be set on a 7700K as it only has 4 cores and therefore a higher clock speed than the 8700K (6 cores). I intend to OC that CPU as much as I can while retaining decent stability.
My current Desktop Case is mATX format but could be open to getting a new one if I end up with a better Mobo option.
I don't necessarily need a new GPU as I have an OK one and don't really game but I am after a good Motherboard (needs Z270 chipset for OC, as I understand it) that is preferably mATX. Support for m.2 SSD would be a plus for future upgradeability. For Ram, I would want at least 16GB of DDR4, around the 3200Mhz speed.
Then comes CPU cooling: I don't know much about what I will need to ensure decent OverClocking. I see there are liquid cooling CPU coolers but having never used one, I don't know what to look for.
Budget: trying to keep it $1200-$1500 which I think is realistic seeing as I really only need CPU+Mobo+Ram+Cooler
Could anybody share opinions on these?
Thanks a lot,