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Let's say we had a NAS in the home. Would this change anything with your recommendation? When she works from home, everything tied to her job is done over a VPN file sharing server. So, it's just temporary files she'd be working on before being uploaded back to the cloud. That being said, is having that much local storage in that raid necessary?
Also, the side work she gets isn't a whole lot and most of the projects aren't recurring - one-off poster/picture/billboard/seasonal designs, snapshot of finished product for portfolio, and trash the design file.

Thoughts?

A local NAS is good, from what I've heard photo files can be pretty large, but I don't think as large as video files... So maybe not that much storage is needed. You can feel free to swap out those recommended drives with drives of a more appropriate size, or even just get a couple of 1 or 2TB drives in RAID 1 for a little local redundancy, then upload completed projects to the NAS, from there they can load up to the cloud.

The key idea is a set-up that reads / writes the large photo files quickly and makes them easy to work with.
 
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Graphic design can cover a pretty wide gamut of hardware needs, going by the software you mentioned, I'm assuming she doesn't do 3d modeling but logos, ads, art, photo editing, etc. This is going to primarily benefit from RAM speed and capacity + Hard drive speed. I'm assuming she already has a monitor picked out since you didn't mention it. Monitor is a biggie for professional graphics design, but that said, she would be aware if she needs a full sRGB color gamut or Adobe RGB for accurate printouts etc, and probably 1440p or 4k would be nice.

Outside of the monitor, the hardware she uses will generally not affect the output, just the speed and 'usability' of the software. She should know her storage capacity needs as well. Having a NAS running is fine, if she needs more just toss in bigger drives later. Give her a decent sized SSD for her active projects and maybe a 2 or 3 TB internal drive for storage, network it up to the NAS and she's fine. Project files can be big, but not massive requiring a personal server for a single person's projects typically.

You didn't mention budget and you say she uses an iMac at work, IIRC the top of the line, most expensive model you can get today uses an i7 4 core. Honestly, an i5 or i7 will be MORE than adequate with apps like photoshop, indesign, etc as they aren't generally very CPU intensive. Even an i3 will get the job done, just certain tasks may be slower.

If this machine was for me, doing the same work, I would take the machine Lazarus mentioned and drop it down to an i5-7600, toss the case since you have one, drop it to one hard disk drive, and keep the 32GB G.Skill Ram. As for the SSD, the difference between M.2 and a Sata drive will not be "insane" if you want to drop down to a SATA SSD to save, but that Intel M.2 drive is pretty nicely priced for 512GB. The Seasonic PSU is very reliable as well.

If you have the extra money to blow, go ahead and get the i7 to maybe future proof her a bit, maybe she'll find herself editing baby videos or something later and it becomes useful.. But it's not a huge deal.

As for waiting for Zen, it's decent advice (should be late Feb) but don't expect a big change in price to performance as AMD isn't looking to be pricing as competitively as they used to in say the Phenom II era. If she needs the machine now, I doubt you'll find yourself regretting it when Zen comes out.
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