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Adobe Lightroom

The Best Workstation for
Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom stands as the definitive industry standard for photo editing software among photographers. Over time, Lightroom has continually evolved, becoming increasingly efficient and offering photographers a robust array of tools. These include sophisticated features like Lens Blur, AI-generated presets, and an expansive suite of capabilities that elevate the editing process to new heights.

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Recommended Hardware for Adobe Lightroom

Processor (CPU)

When editing in Lightroom, CPU speed is the most important part of any photographers workstation. Which is why we recommend the latest from Intel CPUs as they have proven year on year to be the king of Lightroom, which thier high frequency chip boosting now over 6.0Ghz. The king of the pack is the Intel Core i9 14900K which domintes most of Adobes applications today however, most users will great performance with the Core i5 models in Lightroom and Lightroom Classic.  

Memory (RAM)

Selecting the amount of memory you need for your system is dependent on the size of the images you will be editing and the camera you use. Most professionals using high-end cameras who will be importing multiple images into Photoshop for Astrophotographers who are compiling hundreds of images at the one time will need more than others. We've found 16GB to be more than enough for the average user and at most 64GB for professionals. 

Graphics Card (GPU)

While it's not typically recommended to invest in a high-end graphics card solely for Lightroom, there are undeniable benefits to incorporating a suitable GPU into your photo editing workstation. Users who frequently utilize other Adobe applications such as Photoshop will particularly appreciate the advantages of a dedicated GPU. This is especially evident with the integration of AI generation, a feature that Lightroom also utilizes, albeit to a lesser extent. 

With this in mind, we recommend opting for a graphics card with an adequate amount of VRAM, as it can impact your system's performance depending on your displays resolution. For those using or considering a 4K display, we suggest a mid-range NVIDIA graphics cards. The RTX 4060, for instance, is an excellent choice with its 8GB of VRAM plus, NVIDIA cards come equipped with dedicated 'Studio' drivers, specifically tailored to benefit content creators who prioritize tasks other than gaming on their PCs.

Storage Drives

Although Lightroom isn't excessively demanding in terms of data usage, most users will benefit significantly from a fast SSD integrated into their workstations as this notably accelerates OS, program startup times and overall use of the system. Furthermore, upgrading to a faster NVMe drive can provide a slight performance boost.

We advise to opt for two drives, enabling you to store files and Lightroom catalogs on the secondary, thereby freeing up space on the primary drive.

For optimal performance, we recommend NVMe SSDs for both the OS and storage drive.

A 500GB capacity is more than sufficient for the OS drive, while for storage, we suggest considering a 2TB, depending on your budget and existing backup solution. To keep costs down, a standard HDD can also be used effectively for the storage drive.

Our recommended Desktops for Photoshop

Below is our top recommended desktops for both Photoshop and Lightroom users. If you have any questions or would like a custom desktop configured please fill out our form which can be found under the PhotoPro desktops.

Why Choose Utopia?

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Super Fast m.2 NVMe as Standard

We understand the importance of speed when it comes to Photoshop. That's why every one of our photo editing desktops is equipped with SuperFast PCIe Gen 3 SSDs as standard, ensuring a seamless experience in Photoshop and Lightroom. Say goodbye to those days of waiting around for your PC to boot up – now you can dive right into editing without missing a beat.

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Hand-Picked CPUs for Smooth Editing

CPUs play vital role in delivering exceptional results. That's why each of our photo editing workstations have been selected with our top pick CPUs for, ensuring lightning-fast performance. Say farewell to frustrating lags and hello to a smooth, efficient workflow that empowers you to bring your creative visions to life without delay.

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Photoshop Users with Expert Knowledge

In our team, we're fortunate to have a dedicated group of individuals who are truly passionate about photography. Whether it's capturing the magic of weddings, the essence of portraiture, or the breathtaking perspectives from drones, you'll find someone who shares your enthusiasm, especially for those magical moments during the golden hour.

Our Recommended Photography Desktop PCs

PhotoPro Essential
PhotoPro Essential
PhotoPro Essential
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PhotoPro Essential
PhotoPro Essential

PhotoPro Essential

£650.00
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-Core 3.9GHz
  • AMD A520 Chipset Motherboard
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM 3200MHz (2x8GB)
  • 500GB NVMe SSD + 2TB Storage HDD
  • Integrated AMD Radeon 7 Graphics
  • 450W Power Supply
  • 300MBP/s Wireless Adaptor
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home 64-Bit Digital Key
  • Tecware NEO M2 Mini
  • Perfect for Entry Level Photographers

 

 

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PhotoPro Advanced
PhotoPro Advanced
PhotoPro Advanced
PhotoPro Advanced
PhotoPro Advanced
PhotoPro Advanced

PhotoPro Advanced

£830.00
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz 
  • AMD A520 Chipset Motherboard
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM 3200MHz (2x8GB)
  • 1TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GTX 1650 4GB
  • 450W Power Supply
  • 300MBP/s Wireless Adaptor
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home 64-Bit Digital Key
  • Tecware NEO M2 Mini
  • Perfect for Hobbyist Photographers 

 

 

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PhotoPro Prime
PhotoPro Prime
PhotoPro Prime
PhotoPro Prime
PhotoPro Prime
PhotoPro Prime

PhotoPro Prime

£1,084.00
  • Intel Core i5 13400F 10-Core @ 2.5GHz
  • Intel B760M Chipset Motherboard
  • 32GB DDR4 RAM 3200MHz (2x16GB)
  • 1TB NVMe SSD + 500GB NVMe Cache + 2TB HDD Storage
  • NVIDIA RTX 3050 8GB
  • 450W Power Supply
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 WiFi + Bluetooth 5.3
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home 64-Bit Digital Key
  • Tecware NEO M2 Mini
  • Perfect for Hobbyist / Professional Photographers 

 

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PhotoPro Elite
PhotoPro Elite
PhotoPro Elite
PhotoPro Elite
PhotoPro Elite
PhotoPro Elite

PhotoPro Elite

£1,198.00
  • Intel Core i5 14400 10-Core @ 3.5GHz
  • Kolink Umbra EX180 CPU Cooler 
  • Intel B760M Chipset Motherboard
  • 32GB DDR4 RAM 3200MHz (2x16GB)
  • 1TB NVMe SSD + 500GB NVMe Cache + 2TB HDD Storage
  • NVIDIA RTX 3050 8GB
  • 450W Power Supply
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 WiFi + Bluetooth 5.3
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home 64-Bit Digital Key
  • Tecware NEO M2 Mini
  • Perfect for Hobbyist / Professional Photographers 

 

 

 

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PhotoPro Supreme
PhotoPro Supreme
PhotoPro Supreme
PhotoPro Supreme
PhotoPro Supreme
PhotoPro Supreme
PhotoPro Supreme
PhotoPro Supreme

PhotoPro Supreme

£1,573.00
  • Intel Core i7 14700KF 20-Core @ 3.4GHz
  • DeepCool AK620 Dual Fan CPU Cooler 
  • Intel Z790 Chipset Motherboard
  • 64GB DDR5 RAM 48000MHz (2x32GB)
  • 1TB NVMe SSD + 500GB NVMe Cache + 2TB HDD Storage
  • NVIDIA RTX 3050 8GB
  • 550W Power Supply
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 WiFi + Bluetooth 5.3
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home 64-Bit Digital Key
  • Be Quiet! Pure Base 500 Black with Window
  • Perfect for Hobbyist / Professional Photographers 

 

 

 

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PhotoPro Ultimate
PhotoPro Ultimate
PhotoPro Ultimate
PhotoPro Ultimate
PhotoPro Ultimate
PhotoPro Ultimate
PhotoPro Ultimate
PhotoPro Ultimate

PhotoPro Ultimate

£2,019.00
  • Intel Core i9 14900KF 24-Core @ 3.2GHz
  • DeepCool Assassin IV Dual Fan CPU Cooler
  • Intel Z790 Chipset Motherboard
  • 64GB DDR5 RAM 4800MHz (2x32GB)
  • 2TB NVMe SSD + 500GB NVMe Cache + 4TB HDD Storage
  • NVIDIA RTX 4060 8GB
  • 750W Power Supply
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 WiFi + Bluetooth 5.3
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home 64-Bit Digital Key
  • Be Quiet Pure Base 500 Black with Window
  • Perfect for Professional Photographers 

 

 

 

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The Utopian Experience

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Lifetime Support

Get a free lifetime of technical support directly with Utopia.

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2 Year Warranty + 10 Years of Upgrade Labour

As standard, you'll get our 2-year warranty backed with 10 years of free complimentary labour direct with Utopia.

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30 days No-Fail Guarantee

If critical issues arise in the first 30 days, then your system will be eligible for a full system rebuild with all new components.

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Manufactured in Scotland

Flawless craftsmanship & cable management



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25 Years of Experience

Computer building is our passion and profession for 25 years

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Stability

Our systems are built with only the highest grade, hand-picked components and rigorously stress tested for up to 72 hours to ensure maximum performance & reliability.

Free 3 Month of Adobe Creative Cloud

Get complimentary membership with the purchase of selected ASUS products.*

20+ Adobe apps

Industry-leading apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Spark and XD.

Adobe Fonts

Access thousands of fonts right within your Creative Cloud apps.

Behance

Find inspiration in the world’s largest creative community.

Creative Cloud Libraries

Your team can share assets across their apps and devices, so everyone’s in sync.

1TB of cloud storage per user

Extra storage makes it easier for your team to share and manage creative assets.

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