A desktop PC for photo editing, I need help!

Started Apr 27, 2014 | Discussions thread
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ThanksForMemories Regular Member • Posts: 149
A desktop PC for photo editing, I need help!


I need serious help picking a desktop pc for photo editing. First off, I’m not a technical person.

I just bought a monitor ProArt PA248Q Asus 1920x1200, but now I need a pc to take advantage of this IPS monitor. I use CS4 suite and often play with lots of layers and I would like exploring RAW shooting, no videos or games.

I have been reading and researching for days and I’m no where near progress except for narrowing a few specs. So many negative comments on brands or PC models as to put an illogical fear in me (ie. Brands, one major critic of Asus is that you open it for upgrades and you void the warranty, 1 store warned us, the others didn't)

From what I have read and figured for my budget (under $1k CAD), the basic requirements for photo editing could be:

  • 8gb ram min
  • Intel core i5 or comparable? (There’s a confusing number of AMDs, with mixed reviews. EX: read that AMD fx-670 & AMD FX-6300 are not great)
  • SSD card some say yes, some say is luxury
  • 1tb or 2tb hrd disk?
  • Graphic card? Dedicated or just what comes with the pc?

I gathered a list of pcs, I imagine the cheaper ones need some upgrading? Any I should consider? or keep away from?

  • Acer Veriton (VM6630G-50016) Desktop / Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, DVDRW / Windows 7 Professional 64Bit $599.
  • Acer VX4630G-EI7478X(DT.VGRAA.006) Desktop / - Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, DVDRW / Windows 7 Pro (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro) $749.00
  • ASUS (M11AD-US003S) Desktop PC / Intel Core i5-4440S 2.8Ghz, 6GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, AMD Radeon HD8350 1GB Graphics / Windows 8 $659.
  • ASUS (M51AC-US006S) Desktop PC / Intel Core i5-4570 3.2Ghz, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, NVidia GTX650 graphics / Windows 8 / $889.00 ($50.00 mail-in-rebate)
  • ASUS (CM6730-US010S) Desktop PC / Intel Core i5-3350P, 16GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, 24X DVDRW / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 3GB Graphics, Windows 8 $789.00
  • ASUS (M70AD-US005S) Desktop PC / Intel Core i5-4440 3.1Ghz, 8GB DDR3, 1TB Hard Drive , DVD-RW Drive, Nvidia GT640 4GB Graphics / Built-in UPS Windows 8 / $899.00
  • HP EliteDesk 800 G1 (E3S80UT#ABA) Desktop – SFF/ Intel Core i5-4670 3.40GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, DVD-RW /HD Graphics 4600, Windows 7 Professional / $819.00 after rebate $789.
  • SERENITY T3525 Desktop / Intel Core i5 4430, 3.00Ghz, 8GB RAM, 120G SSD, DVD-RW / Nvidia GTX 660 2GB / Graphics, Gb LAN, USB 3.0, HD Audio $799.00

I appreciate any advice on this subject,

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