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Mid-range i5 would be more than sufficient (but is the lowest end chip I'd recommend for the usage), pair with 8gb of ram(or go with 16gb in 2*8GB config to start with), a mid-range gpu (7770/7850/650/560Ti would be plenty), while a 27" would be better (U2711 myself) could always go with a 1200p 24" to bring the cost down.

Could nix the ssd and add one later if budget is that constraining, could always add more storage later as needed as well.

 

I wouldn't go the APU route, maybe if it was Kaveri, but that's not out yet.

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have you considered anything like the DIY kits? maybe find one close to what she needs and add a few upgrades.
and maybe leave out the ssd and 3TB hdd and go with a few 500GB hdd's like I did as you can get them cheap.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=30000007%20600090100&IsNodeId=1&name=Full%20Solutions


edit: I just asked my wife (she has worked for intel for 17 years) she said the i5 Haswell HD graphics
will work for photo editing but you would get arifacts and such using it for video editing.

ic good to know.
   
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I just built a new photoprocessing PC earlier this year. IMO the minimum required if your friend is a serious photographer is an i5 processor, 16GB RAM if using Photoshop a lot, 8GB RAM if only using Lightroom, and a moderately priced GPU (I have a NVIDIA GTX660 with 2GB RAM and it works just fine for Photoshop and Lightroom). My build which included a Samsung SSD for the OS and a 2TB HDD ran about $1200 (all components of the PC were new) NOT including a monitor. Regarding a monitor, I cannot stress enough that you really need a top quality monitor for photography. Most of us use NEC monitors with their Spectraview software package for calibration. This is the only way you can be assured of reliable results in terms of what you see on your screen and what you get from your printer. I've had my 22 inch NEC for several years now and the colors are still true. At the time I paid $650 which included the hardware and software for calibration. I'm unsure if they make that size any longer; the comparable 24 inch monitor and Spectraview runs for $900.

Nobody said that photography is a 'cheap' hobby/vocation.
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I just built a new photoprocessing PC earlier this year. IMO the minimum required if your friend is a serious photographer is an i5 processor, 16GB RAM if using Photoshop a lot, 8GB RAM if only using Lightroom, and a moderately priced GPU (I have a NVIDIA GTX660 with 2GB RAM and it works just fine for Photoshop and Lightroom). My build which included a Samsung SSD for the OS and a 2TB HDD ran about $1200 (all components of the PC were new) NOT including a monitor. Regarding a monitor, I cannot stress enough that you really need a top quality monitor for photography. Most of us use NEC monitors with their Spectraview software package for calibration. This is the only way you can be assured of reliable results in terms of what you see on your screen and what you get from your printer. I've had my 22 inch NEC for several years now and the colors are still true. At the time I paid $650 which included the hardware and software for calibration. I'm unsure if they make that size any longer; the comparable 24 inch monitor and Spectraview runs for $900.

Nobody said that photography is a 'cheap' hobby/vocation.

Yup, I agree but at the same point someone on a budget has to start somewhere. I put a system together not Intel but AMD for under $1000 with the spec needed to do Photographic and Video Editing with a monitor 27inch included, 16GB ram with room for another 16GB stick to up her to 32GB if needed. I say that is a good start for and if she gets serious enough I can take her to the next level then with an NEC monitor etc... Thanks for the info it helps a lot.
   
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Yup, I agree but at the same point someone on a budget has to start somewhere. I put a system together not Intel but AMD for under $1000 with the spec needed to do Photographic and Video Editing with a monitor 27inch included, 16GB ram with room for another 16GB stick to up her to 32GB if needed. I say that is a good start for and if she gets serious enough I can take her to the next level then with an NEC monitor etc... Thanks for the info it helps a lot.


sounds like you went in the correct direction, like I said a few post back I don't think there is anything
wrong with a AMD cpu, I just have never owned one but know people that have.
and yes she has to start somewhere and the system can always be upgraded down the road.
I didn't start with a $3,000 system either, it just takes time like anything else.
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So what did you ultimately decide to build? If you don't mind me asking?
     
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Hey there mdocod, I set up 3 levels for her, this will allow her to choose from 3 type of builds. However she is going to wait until Income Tax day, I did remind her Black Friday and online deals for this month will help save even more money allowing her to have an ever better system. I guess I will wait and see what she end up doing and then I can start ordering parts. biggrin.gif
   
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