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I'm wanting to build my wife a spot that will be nice to do the computer side of her hobby for christmas. Right now she has a very small space in the corner and her printer won't even fit on her computer stand. The imac that sets there is pretty much dead, and really outdated.

here is part of her equipment
canon 60D
canon pixma pro9000 printer
all kinds of lenses

I'm wanting to get her a setup where she has plenty of room and everything she needs. So I would like some suggestions on what all to get. Anything that would make her hobby more enjoyable when it's time to start editing looking through her pictures. She has the camera and a pretty decent printer.
What I need are suggestions for a
desk
some nice quality paper for her type of printer
Quality memory cards for the camera
maybe your go to canon lens
PC build list or MAC
And anything else you can think of that would make her time there more enjoyable.
I would put around a 3000$ budget on it. If you go over, you go over, if you go under great. I would say a 4k max.
The computer will be striclty photo and internet. If you pick PC instead of mac please show me a nice monitor.

You could also point me toward some studio style supplies for doing family photos. Lights, background things etc. I really know nothing about this and am trying to surprise her, so I can't really ask her anything about it.
Edited by bevo - 11/4/11 at 6:43pm
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Look at my sig rig, perfect for photo editing. The monitor is fantastic and with a proper calibrator can be matched to her printer. I hear that the 2600K (4 cores and HT utilized) can be utilized by lightroom and other photo programs but it depends on what she uses.

Memory cards stick with a name brand. I like sandisk and her 60D should be find with anything in the 30MB/s+ variety.

For lenses it really depends on what she shoots (action, portraits, landscapes) and what she has already.

No help on the paper for the printer, I usually print with a commercial lab.

Hope that helps.
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i7 2600 (k)
Z68 Mobo
8 GB 1600 RAM
Crucial M4 128 GB SSD (all of her programs will open instantly)
Raid 0/1/5 (pick one) a few Caviar Green 2tbs for all her storage
GTS 450
650W Corsair PSU (drop to Earthwatts 380W if no GTS 450)

Since you have a large budget and that photo editing may eventually develop into video editing and getting an entirely new rig would suck I just made a rig that will dominate both.

You can drop the GTS 450 if you want. But, running at a super high resolution, you may want something more than integrated graphics. Additionally, you will probably need more than integrated graphics to get maximum fps out of a youtube video in 1080p. (correct me if i am wrong) If nothing else you can just fold with the 450.
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I should have mentioned that there are 22, 24, 27 and 30 inch version of the montior I have and they all get fantastic review. All youll see from Arslay's link they aren't cheap but they have great color reproduction and fantastic viewing angles.
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What about a decent brand of computer desk? I don't want to get some particle board thing that's gong to fall over if my kid ends up climbing on it. It's really hard to guess what quality something like that is by looking at pictures.
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Would say go with this z68 board...but somebody prob can tell you to go different
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128507


Go with this memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231455

Go with the Crucial m4 128 GB

Tons of F3 samsung drives(specially when on sale)
or get the western digital Caviar Green TB drives...(this will grow very large im sure of it)

i would personally go with something more powerful on the graphic side specially if your say willing to multimonitor...one for preview and one for workstation...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127589

Those monitors are really nice...as arslay has pointed out

Get some cheapo case...

And power supply I have one that is pretty cheap considering...65 bucks for a corsair 850hx
(it runs above 100 bucks for one..)

So ya
you can make this build alot cheaper with using OCN to buy your parts...we can help you out very easily ...
your money is going to be mostly spent on the monitors though and graphic card...thats where i would put most of them money into because if you do later on do video editing having two or more monitors helps alot for previews and widening the workstation out to have a larger space to work in...(not only video but photos also)
Edited by odin2free - 11/4/11 at 7:10pm
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What about a decent brand of computer desk? I don't want to get some particle board thing that's gong to fall over if my kid ends up climbing on it. It's really hard to guess what quality something like that is by looking at pictures.
And if your afraid of the kid clmbing on it Put it on a desk... instead of the ground or keep it up high away from the kid...
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You're going to need to list her lenses if you want lens suggestions. Don't want to risk buying a duplicate copy.

Memory cards: If what she has works, don't bother. Unless she is complaining about reliability or slow write speeds, there's no need to get her better memory cards.

Computer: i5 2500k + motherboard can be had for ~$340, + 8GB DDR3-1600 for ~$50. Pair it with a 64GB SSD for boot, main programs, and scratch drive for ~$70, 3x 2TB HDDs (one internal, two external with externals being swapped for redundancy), and you can put together the PSU/cooling/case yourself. For a GPU, buy any budget GPU and you'll be fine. Keep in mind though that HDD prices are at a premium right now so it might be best to hold off buying HDDs for now.

Monitor: I'd go with 2x Dell U2410/U2412Ms. The former is the older model, latter is the newer model. Pair it with a color calibrator for +$150.

Printer/Paper: You'll have to ask someone else. I know that Dream Killer used to do his own prints; it might be worth asking him.


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i would personally go with something more powerful on the graphic side specially if your say willing to multimonitor...one for preview and one for workstation...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127589
Heavily disagree. There's absolutely no reason to get a 580 for photo editing. That's a gaming card, whereas PS/LR are CPU-intensive programs. Even a GTX 260 is a waste of money for photo editing.
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What about a decent brand of computer desk? I don't want to get some particle board thing that's gong to fall over if my kid ends up climbing on it. It's really hard to guess what quality something like that is by looking at pictures.
I would look into the ikea Galant desks, quality and can get them nice and big for laying out the printer, photos etc.
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I would look into the ikea Galant desks, quality and can get them nice and big for laying out the printer, photos etc.
Wouldn't exactly call anything from Ikea "quality"

Then again I have a huge love for DWR.
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