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I want to buy/build a new PC for my downstairs living area - will be used as a family computer. Kids aren't quite old enough for 'gaming' so not inclined to build it specifically around that, but I imagine their interest will only grow. I so a lot of high-resolution photography, retouching and occasion 4K video editing.

My wife wants something slimline that looks good. I figure i can get better performance with something only a bit bigger than an AIO with some sort of small-form-factor setup where the 'box' is hidden behind the screen. Needs to be quiet/silent.

Been looking at a couple of models e.g.: Dell OptiPlex 7050 Small Form Factor, but thinking building my own might be a better route. Suggestions of systems/cases pre-built or otherwise really appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Now

Budget Range: £1200 (approx $1500)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: video and photo editing, surfing internet, watching videos, playing games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, minimum 24", ideally 4K, good colour rendition for photo work.

Parts to Upgrade: Buying everything new.

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't mind, but buying from UK.

Location: City, State/Region, Country: London, UK

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Maybe, but probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: Ideally 4K

Additional Comments: Want something that from most angles will look like an all in one. Thinking a small-form-factor case, with no fan, or quiet fan, hidden behind monitor on a stand or vesa mount set-up. Will be in the living area. Wife adamant that she doesn't want a 'massive' computer, but keen to get more bang-for-my-buck than an AIO offers. Would prefer SSD for OS and regular HD for files built in. If cost is prohibitive could survive with just SSD perhaps.

 


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