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Photo Editing and General Workstation

OccamAsylum
  • 49 months ago

This computer will be used for photo editing in Photoshop and various work/research tasks. I'm building it for my grandfather as he is looking to upgrade from his laptop.

Size and efficiency are big factors here. I decided to go with the Node 202 for its convenient size. My grandfather doesn't have a dedicated desk and primarily works at a table. If the need arises for him to move the computer, it will be easy for him to do so.

An ultra wide monitor was a must. He wanted to be able to perform several tasks at once without having to switch between too many windows and programs. Now he will be able to work more efficiently. I decided having two monitors would be too much hassle, especially considering he doesn't work at a desk. I also chose 1440p because he will be doing photo editing.

He wants this to be a computer that will last him 5+ years. This will be plenty powerful enough to meet his current needs with plenty of extra potential.

Any suggestions are welcome.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler $42.34 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $114.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $304.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked Video Card $139.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Node 202 HTPC Case $79.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $88.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB (32/64-bit) $105.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus PB298Q 60Hz 29.0" Monitor $399.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1687.04
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1677.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-02 15:39 EST-0500

Comments

[comment deleted]
  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Noted on the cooler. 3.5" drives will not fit in this case. There's room in his budget for a 1TB SSD, so cost isn't an issue.

[comment deleted]
  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Why?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally have a flat 1TB SSD, and it's wonderful. With the falling prices of SSDs it's a much more viable option now. I feel like people still echo advice from 1-2 years ago, same with the 8gb RAM vs 16gb RAM argument. Prices are so low now you might as well go with the more powerful option.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely agree. This time last year was a different story, but it's much more feasible now.

I almost considered going with two, but I'm not sure it's completely necessary.

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