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New Build for photo editing (1200-1500 budget)

My wife has decided she is going to take her photography habits professional and the 4-year old Pentium laptop no longer serves that billing. I've been tasked with the new computer, but i haven't built a desktop in probably 12 years. I've been reading things on here and on the wider web for a week or two and have assembled what I think is a reasonable parts list. As usual, I want professional approvals from the folks on here before I pull the trigger on anything... I'd like to see if I can cut any costs if there's better bang for the buck, but also want to know if something is just too "budget" conscious and should really be upgraded. I'm also trying to stay upgrade friendly if this turns into something very serious.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)
Budget Range: prefer $1200ish; $1500 absolute max
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, internet, very light gaming (Sims)
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: All
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any, but Amazon preference for prime shipping.
Location: Wichita KS
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - i truthfully don't know exactly what this is...
Your Monitor Resolution: TBD - purchasing
Additional Comments: I'd classify photo editing skills as novice right now. Taking classes though. All pictures are taken in RAW format. I'm not looking to go over the top right now on this build--at least until the business gets built out a little more.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current setup takes 2-3 minutes to retrieve a photo and just as long to save it... that's unacceptable if we're trying to make a career out of this...

Here's what my research has led me down the path of... I welcome any and all feedback. Please be brutually honest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-DS3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($106.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card ($136.88 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($121.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)
Monitor: Dell S2340M 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($178.55 @ Amazon)
Total: $1329.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-17 21:33 EDT-0400)
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  1. I think that the Gtx 650 is a little underpowered for some photo editing programs at some resolutions.

    Heres what my build would be

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4670k 3.4Hz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-DS3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($106.79 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750ti 2GB Video Card ($180ish @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($121.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)
    Monitor: Dell S2340M 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($178.55 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1329.13
  2. There's no such thing as a i7-4670k
  3. sry i meant a i5 4670k
  4. So the jist is that the i7 is probably more than we need. Everything I've read is that the video card is only minimally used for video editing and then only if I'm using latest Adobe products. Even as such I'd be advised to go up on video card a little?
  5. Best answer
    yeah pretty much the 750ti is fine for photos and the i7 is unnecessary unless you will be editing in 4k
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