4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 22, 2018 7:27 PM by John Blaustein

    Low-end PC for basic usage of LR Classic


      Hi everyone.

      I need to update my entire desktop hardware.


      I have a low budget, but, if possible I want to buy a proper hardware for occasional use of LR CC. Photography is just a hobby, and I work as a writer (so, for working I only need use Word and Google Chrome and a Celeron CPU). I use LR 1 hour/ week or less and I don't care about performance but I don't want my PC go crash.


      So, it's no sense getting a fully optimized lightroom PC.


      I've seen the AMD A series, like A8 7th generation or A6 7th...

      In particular, these CPU:

      • A8 9600/ 4GB ddr4 2400 MHz
      • A6 9500/ 8GB ddr4 2400 Mhz

      ¿Which do you think is the best choice?



      Best regards!

        • 1. Re: Low-end PC for basic usage of LR Classic
          Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

          More RAM and the fastest CPU you can afford is recommended.

          • 2. Re: Low-end PC for basic usage of LR Classic
            JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            It's really difficult to recommend a "get by" computer that will run Lightroom. People will purchase what they expect will be the most outstanding performing computer possible, and Lightroom will literally crawl at a snail's pace. It seems that every computer performs differently. It would be difficult to predict what any computer will do. The only thing you can do is purchase the computer that you feel will meet your needs and then hope that Lightroom will do what you expect it will do. I'm running a six year old HP computer that has been upgraded from Windows 7, I'm now running Windows 10. It will only accommodate 8 GB RAM. It performs adequately for me. Others have purchased computers with 64 GB of RAM and the fastest motherboard they can get, expecting Lightroom to run lightning fast. But it hardly will perform at all and sometimes won't. So you'll just have to give it a try and see what happens. I would recommend a i7 processor and 8 GB RAM, but that is just my own personal bias. I would have more RAM is my motherboard would accommodate it. Good luck.

            • 3. Re: Low-end PC for basic usage of LR Classic
              dj_paige Level 10

              In this case, do not get anything bigger than a 1920x1080 monitor.

              • 4. Re: Low-end PC for basic usage of LR Classic
                John Blaustein Level 4

                My desktop PC is five years old.  At the time I built it, I think it qualified as "high-end."  Now it certainly isn't.  In spite of its age, it runs LR Classic CC 7.2 perfectly--fast, smooth transitions from image to image and from module to module. 


                I am adding this to the discussion because it might make sense for you to find an older, used PC with the right specs.  As others have pointed out, and you will read in this forum, having enough RAM is critical.


                Here are the specs of my PC:


                i7-2600K CPU

                16GB RAM

                120GB SSD for C: drive (that was a lot at the time) for OS and applications

                500GB SSD -- second internal drive for LR catalog and image files

                EVGA GeForce GT 710 video card (not expensive) running dual monitors

                27" monitor - 2560x1440 (main monitor)

                21" monitor - 1600x1200

                Windows 10


                You certainly don't need multiple drives or two monitors, but I would suggest an SSD as your one drive.


                I haven't looked at systems like this recently, but you could check eBay, Craigslist (depending where you live), or a local shop, and I'll bet you could find something similar within your budget.  (I think Dell sells refurbished PCs at good prices too.)


                Hope this helps.