$1000 non gaming build advice

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.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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