- 55 months ago
I was just about to bump my first post here, when I realized that I put it in the wrong area. Oops. Let's try again:
Edit for basics: Budget $1,500. Bonus points if it is lower. :)
Location: USA, near Chicago
Peripherals needed: Monitor.
Do not need: Mouse, keyboard, hard drive/SSD
I have been limping along with a couple of very old laptops with Core2 processors in them, the current one with the RAM maxed out at 6 GB. I am looking for something significantly better to edit photos on. I am considering getting a non-laptop, since I rarely need portability.
I want something that I can still use on my couch, without distracting fan noises from video cards (and ideally hide it under the couch or ottoman), but that can still give me snappy Photoshop/Lightroom performance. I am thinking 16GB+ of memory, with future upgradeability a plus. I don't know whether DDR4 is important or not. If I had to state a preference, I would probably say that I would prefer Intel, but my last builds have been AMD, so I am open to either.
I have a lot of experience building and upgrading PCs, but I have not touched any of my machines in several years, other than to add SSDs, etc., so I am a bit out of touch on the hardware side.
The components don't need to include storage, as I have that covered. I would like opinions on good monitors for photo-editing, as well. Nothing super-expensive. Just decent IPS monitors (or whatever else is out there) that don't need to be great for gaming.