HP 17.3" AMD A8 Quad-Core 1TB Laptop

Can I use this for photo editing or is it to basic?

For photo editing you can count on it specially because it has 8Gb of memory and 1 TB of space for your photos. For videos It would be very short of space. The processor is not fast as a i5 or i7 but I’m pretty sure you will get your photos edited using a heavy software with no problem.