So my mother has been in the need of an upgrade to her current laptop for years. She is a web developer/designer and does graphic design and video editing in her free time.
She had an old computer at one point but it ended up dying do to the strain she put on it, as it was a prebuilt POS. She has gone through many laptops since then all dying or being infected by viruses to the point of death.
So I have decided to build her a new machine for Mother"s day/her birthday(their one day apart).
I have 2 24" monitors already that I dont use anymore(anything under27" is too small to me now) and a copy of windows 8.1 i got as a free gift. So i decided to go the mITX route instead of a typical tower or mATX as there are 2 toddlers and a teenager currently liveing with my parents and space is at a premium. The rig needs to be able to last for some years and withstand alot of strain especially on the RAM and GPU. My mothers goes through disk space insanely fast (4x2TB backupdrives full already) so I decided to go with a 4TB drive as for christmas i bought her a disk array of 12TBs. The GPU I tended for is the 770 as it is good bang for the buck has 4GB of VRAM and will last for some years. The i5 is a no brainer. For the PSU i went modular since there is little space to work with, the concern is if 650w will be enough with 2 montiors; I think it should be fine. The case is spacious for an mITX tower and will fit everything needed with ease. 16GB of RAM with good timings i can lower a bit, mainly for all the tasks she runs and to help with 3d editing and video encoding. The SSD mainly as a boot drive and to fit things like photoshop and her other 3d/video editing tools. The blu-ray drive is a must for her. The after market heatsink since the case is small and will be tightly packed and my mother leaves her pc on for days at a time.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811345016 BitFenix Prodigy mITC case $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236604 WD Green 4TB HDD $165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133500 PNY GTX 770 4GB $360
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012 Corsair HX650w Modular PSU $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231485 G-skill 8GB 1333(8-8-8-24) $70 x2 $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132041 ASUS H81I-Plus 1150 MITX MB $77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116898 Inel i5 4670 $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608019 Noctua NH-C12P 140mm Heatsink $74
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136269 LG Blu-Ray burner $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820228074 OCZ Vector 150 240GB $160
Budget wise I would like to stay around the $1500 range going a little over is fine.
Let me know what you guys think and any improvements or compatibility issues you can think of.