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| p.1 #5 · Computer Build for Photo Editing - Need Recommendations |
Ouch, $1000 for a photo editing computer system (box only)
To future proof it, then get a mainboard, with PCIe 3 on it, with as many ram sockets as possible 4-6.
The cheaper way is probably AMD, but either will do, get the fastest you can afford.
RAM, well, get the as much and as fast as you can 16GB to start with
Storage, get two SSD's start with 128GB + 2TB hard drive, later add more
Graphics card, if you get one of the newer INTEL CPU's it will have build in graphics card on the CPU, so use that provided you are not running a 30" monitor.
Get a roomy case, and a GOOD power supply, i can not stress the importance of a good power supply enough.
Mainboards: ASUS, Asteck or Gigabyte
SSD: Intel, Samsung, OWC, OCZ
HDD: Western Digital Black Caviar
It will not be a screamer of a system, but it will be a start. just to put it in perspective for you, I do retouching and panorama's for other photogs, my RAID Controller cost 2x your budget!
All the best, its got to start somewhere, just be patient and drink plenty of coffee ;-)
Merry Xmas to you and your family