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$1000 non gaming build advice

Last response: in Systems
October 3, 2012 6:25:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week

Budget Range: $1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing internet, streaming movies, photo editing, storing photos and music, MS Office

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Entire system

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Boston, MA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type:Intel CPU. Want a SSD and an optical drive. Also want at least 1TB hard drive. Also should I go for 8GB or 16GB RAM?

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: This will be my first build. I have searched the forums but most people building systems are focused on building a rig for gaming. Would love recommendations for building a higher end non-gaming pc.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Have a prebuilt budget 6 year old system that runs super slow. Excited to try and build my own.
October 3, 2012 6:31:01 PM

About the photo editing:
How much "professional" you going on?
Light editing only? Or using many layers with effects?

This is what will define if I say to you to go for a full i7, or a i3/i5 cpu.
Just don't scrap AMD out of the game yet. Their APUs would shine in your build.
October 3, 2012 6:45:00 PM

Not sure exactly how to best answer your question.

Most of the photo editing will be light - with the occasional project that uses many layers with effects.