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Looking for a small footprint, low noise photo-editing rig.

ncfoster
  • 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.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Budget?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry. I am probably looking to come in under $1500. Lower-priced options are certainly welcome.

  • 55 months ago
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I'm not super experienced with hardware for these uses, but I believe this should be enough. I threw in a quiet CPU cooler, a couple quiet case fans, and a sound-dampening case.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/d3TZpg

Also, dual IPS monitors with wireless keyboard/mouse.

  • 55 months ago
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Thank you for the recommendations. I was probably thinking a smaller case, though I don't know how realistic that is. Throwing in the wireless keyboard and mouse might have been smart thinking, though I think that I'll get a Wacom tablet.

I am not thinking that I need a professional video card such as that. I believe that is more aimed at higher-end uses, but I could be wrong. I was more thinking of more mainstream offerings that didn't require much, if any, active cooling. I want something that takes reasonable advantage of the GPU acceleration in Lightroom/Photoshop, but I don't need to do any 3D modeling or serious gaming. It would, of course, need to drive two monitors well, but nothing too fancy.

  • 55 months ago
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Anyone have any suggestions on a smaller case/motherboard? Or am I pushing it too much? I don't need the world's fastest machine, but I would like it to be faster than a laptop in the same price range.

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