I would appreciate recommendations for a reputable and knowledgeable desktop PC builder in New York City. I don't know enough to build my own, but from lurking on this forum it seems that I can save some money. Also, with the savings, I thought it would be nicer to put that money towards supporting a small business person instead of giving that money to a large manufacturer.
I would mostly use the desktop for Photoshop and World of Warcraft.
To give you an idea of what I was going to buy at the Dell outlet, before I thought of this forum:
Processor: Intel Core 4th Generation i7-4770 Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
Windows 8 Pro
256 GB Solid State Drive
3TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 b/s
32GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
8X Blu-Ray BD Combo (Blu-ray ROM DVD+/- RW)
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660 1.5G GDDR5
Dell Outlet XPS 8700
Around $1,400 after coupon. By the way, I understand that the video card in the computer above is not optimal (my brother used the words "it sux")
The computer will be for both gaming and graphics: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and, once in a while, animating with Flash.
I watched the video recommended by Deemo13, and it does seem that building a computer is much more straightforward than I had thought. As I have a little time before I have to buy, I'll wait for the polling results on the best builds and try to figure it out from there. However, until then, I'm going to look up all the components recommended by TNoDz.
note: edited because TNoDz answered while I was responding to Deemo13, so I included both in my response.
It all depends on how much editing you will do. If my build would be just for gaming, I would of put a 120gb SSD and a cheap cheap cd-dvd reader. Considering you're editing, I figured you would have a lot programs that would benefit from the speed of an SSD and included blue-ray.
For the GPU, 660 is out of date now. With the new gtx 700 series out, there is now reason in picking the 660. Heck the 760 is the same power, for cheaper, than the 670. The 770 provides a little more bang that will be a benefit with the upcoming intense grahical video games (bf4 comes to mind). You could even check out the AMD 7970 if you prefer AMD...it's up to you.
Finally, 8gb of RAM is the standard for any gaming rig. You can run everything off that much with not problem whatsoever. However, depending on you're editing needs, you can always bump up to 16gb and still have more than enough power for your rig (hence I put a single 8gb stick in the recommendations instead of 2x4gb).
It all comes down to how much editing you will do because that demands a lot more power from different componants than games.
I do perhaps 3-4 days of editing a month, on animations that are 10 minutes max. It seems I could use a 120gb or higher SSD. I can get by with a cheap cd-dvd reader as all my files are down- and up-loaded.
I'll take your advice and go with a 770 GPU and probably 16gb of RAM.
I would say go with a 250gb SSD instead of 120gb. You'll have many programs for editing that would run a lot faster on an SSD, and 120gb might not be enough room for everything (even in the video game market people are considering getting more than 120gb because it's just not enough for all their games and the OS).