Gaming/Animation Build - New PC Build

Hey everyone,

I've been lurking the forums looking at suggested builds around my price range, and I've been following this pcpartpicker list:

I've been a long time mac user but decided that I want to go back into PC Gaming and my old mac takes a while to use resource intensive programs.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1500-$1800 depending on rebates/bang for buck

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming/animation and graphics (CS6/Blender/Unity/video)

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe, have a 40" LG TV I was planning on using but may not be the same; IPS not needed

Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any within US. Have microcenter around the corner;,

Location: Detroit Metro

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Prob not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: TV is 42LH40 (I think);

Additional Comments: Main priority is heat; the computer will be in the office so noise won't be an issue.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Haven't had a new PC in a long time

Thanks for the help!
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  1. Need anything else? Here is 1500 $ build.
    PCPartPicker part list:

    Monitor maybe some like this:
  2. Best answer
    this is how i would do it

    if you are not to SLI in the future, id suggest downgrading to a xfx 550w psu instead. in this build i also used windows 7 pro if you are going to expand your ram. if not, just stick with the premium. dual booting with mac osx is possible and shouldnt be much of a hassle with this rig as well as gigabyte boards are great for that purpose
  3. I've been out of the pc world for quite some time; do you see a benefit to SLI for FPS?
  4. SLI is beneficial if you do it. if not, just get a 550w psu and you are fine
  5. Got it; I'll buy it as is. Thanks for the help!
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