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DIY PC Build (First time, please help!) Budget:~$2,000

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December 29, 2013 1:18:32 PM

Budget range: ~2,000 w/o shipping w/o rebates (flexible, can go up to $2,500)
System usage: Work (Maya, photoshop, Illustrator, dream weaver, 3-d graphics - 2-d Graphic programs), work, gaming, leisure
OS: Yes, Windows 7
Preferred websites: Newegg
Location: united states

As stated in the title, this will be my first PC build, and I am not really sure what I am doing - or what I'm looking for. I have picked out some parts so far, (I just upgraded a couple of parts from a combo deal) and I do not know what else I would need.
I would be using this computer for high-end graphic design work which will include really resource-intensive applications, such as photoshop, illustrator, maya 3d, and others. I'll be using Adobe master collection so I would really like for all of these programs to run smoothly without any problems.
This is what I have so far, and I would like some opinions on if these items are compatible with each other and what else I would need for the computer as well? I want these items to come as soon as possible, and when I receive it I can just put it together and have it ready to go and in working condition.
Thank you so much for the help!! I'm really not sure what I'm doing so I would appreciate all the help I could get. :) 

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: ACORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10B
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Video Card: ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Case:Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Arctic White Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB-7 2.5" 240GB SATA III 7mm Internal Solid State Drive
Fans: ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD, Multi-Directional Mount, 92mm PWM Fan, Enermax T.B.SILENCE 120MM Blue LED Twister Case Fan
DVD Burner: SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM
Monitor: SAMSUNG S27C390H or ASUS VG248QE

Also with this, would I need an liquid cooling system as well? And what should I do for a wireless network system? How can I make my computer connect to the internet through wifi? I am not in a place where I can plug up my router directly to my computer.
Also, if I want more USB drives, what parts would I need?
Thank you very much!
- Michelle

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December 29, 2013 1:28:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2shsB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2shsB/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2shsB/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($135.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.45 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.31 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1116.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 16:28 EST-0500)
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December 29, 2013 1:30:26 PM

you want to use the newer 1150 mb and cpu. the older slot is a dead slot if your going to use this pc for a few years.
added more ram with photoshop and your large aps more ram is better. also went with a larger drive so you can make a scratch or ram drive on it. I help off on the video card as nvidia droping there new 800 line in a few weeks.
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December 29, 2013 1:32:54 PM

First off, the CPU and mobo are mismatched the 3770 runs on the 1155 socket and the Z87 mobo is an 1150, I'd change the CPU to the 4770K....the mobo chosen will work fine, though for a little less can go the Asus Maximus Extreme VI Hero, on the DRAM 1600/10 is below entry level of 1600/9, would suggest 16GB 2x8GB Gskill Tridents in at least 1866/8 or 2133/9 (Haswell CPUs love fast DRAM, see here:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7364/memory-scaling-on-ha...

Rest looks good, would a CPU cooler like the Hyper 212 EVO (about $35) and you'd be good to go (may not want to OC the CPU in the future you'll be ready and can prolong the life of the rig
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December 29, 2013 1:33:33 PM

Hi, Michelle this is what I would suggest for a build. This motherboard has built in wi-fi, also with the programs you are getting into I would suggest 16gb of ram. Then I put on a more powerful GPU and selected a power supply strong enough so you could add a second card later on if you needed too. You do not need liquid cooling if you are not going to over clock, i only added the Evo 212 because for the price it is a cheap cooling solution. The I7-4770k is also a better choice for what you want to do

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($142.78 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.43 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 900W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($125.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1874.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 16:30 EST-0500)
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December 29, 2013 1:37:11 PM

With all the heavy processing power you will require, I focused the build more around CPU power.
It has a Six-Core Ivy Bridge-E processor, and 32GB of RAM. Included is a closed loop liquid cooler to squeeze out extra performance for your rendering.

The video card remains the same.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($568.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($257.28 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($108.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S27C390H 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1856.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 16:34 EST-0500)
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December 29, 2013 1:54:11 PM

Theres no point in 32 gb of ram currently. ^
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($719.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.43 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE278H 27.0" Monitor ($247.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1998.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 16:52 EST-0500)
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December 29, 2013 1:58:37 PM

This person also needs a wifi card or built in wifi, so please anyone suggesting a build. Make sure to include it
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December 29, 2013 2:26:17 PM

Can pick up a USB Wifi adapter most anyplace that carries system components ($10 up to whatever you realistically want to spend), look for at least a 'N' model
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December 29, 2013 2:29:28 PM

Everyone, thank you sooo much!!! I'm looking into all the suggestions you have made and I really appreciate it!! Thank you very much, I'll pick a solution after I look at all of these!!
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