I'm planning on upgrading my dad's PC for Christmas and am looking for some recommendations on what to use as it's been a few years since I've looked into what to go with and I'm probably a bit out of touch again
. His system is 4-5 years old and about all we'll be reusing is the case and power supply. Aside from email and web browsing, he uses the PC to do a lot of image processing of photos taken with his DSLR (Nikon D7100, 24 megapixels) in RAW format, so the files are relatively large. His PC seems to be starting to fail and has been slower than he'd like for image processing for a while now, so time to upgrade.
I'd prefer to go with an Asus motherboard, Intel CPU, and probably G-Skill RAM, as I've always had good luck with them. Integrated video is fine as long as the image quality isn't a compromise for image processing (he calibrates his monitor), otherwise I'd prefer to go with an AMD video card.
- SSD for the OS drive around 120GB (I've been happy with Intel and Crucial in the past, what's the current recommendation?)
- Bluray drive capable of burning Bluray discs (I was planning to go with the LG WH14NS40 at around $45 unless something else is prefered), which will replace an older DVD drive
- Seagate 6TB drive for storage data (STBD6000100), which will replace a few 1TB drives leaving him room to add additional drives later
- Windows 8
So I'd appreciate recommendations for an Asus ATX motherboard, appropriate Intel CPU, appropriate G-Skill RAM, AMD video card (if integrated video isn't sufficient), and SSD drive.
The goal is to get the best performance at a somewhat reasonable price - around the point where the prices take a big jump. I'm hoping to keep the cost of the motherboard, CPU, RAM, and SSD drive in the $500-600 range (slightly higher is ok if it makes sense).
Should the following MB, CPU, and RAM combo be a good fit for his needs:
MB: Asus ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) ~$210
CPU: Intel i5-4460 ~$190
RAM: G.Skill F3-1866C8D-16GTX ~$170