Photoshop, 3D modelling (3ds max/Zbrush), gaming

I am going to build my first pc within the next month and have been looking at different builds and parts for a few weeks, but some parts are still confusing for me. One issue is what motherboard to get as I still don't fully understand the differences between the hundreds available and I don't want to pay more for some part I will be unlikely to use. I doubt I will overclock, however I may in the future when I understand more, but that's not for certain. Also I am not sure whether I should get a 760 or a 770 gtx, the 770 is $100 more (in my country) and as I don't play games much, I don't care about high framerate at ultra high.

The use of my computer is in order of most important to least in my title and in about 1 and a half years I will possibly be moving country, so it might be wise to keep the size and weight down as long as it doesn't compromise the build.

I found a build that I like here :

this build along with other advice left me with this selection which adds up to around $1600-1700 with the OS

CPU:Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 or Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: ELSA GEFORCE GTX760 2Gb S.A.C or MSI GTX770 Twin Frozr 4S OC
Case: Fractal Design Define R4
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: ASUS DVD Drive DRW-24D3ST
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  1. i dont see any problems at all whatsoever. As for your motherboard dilemma H87 will be fine for basic needs, no overclocking and probably no sli (sli that is worth it, that is). Z87 is for CPU's that are unlocked and overclock better, probably have better heatsinks (cuz overclocked rigs get hotter etc), and splits bandwidth across the PCi lanes differently, so z87 is better for running 2 GPUs side by side (which can benefit renders in a lot of programs like blender etc and other programs that can use hardware accelerations as well as CUDA).
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    im running 3ds max, sculptris, blender, and photoshop on my FX 8320 overclocked with 8GB RAM and its been a dream. i also do quite a bit of gaming, but for just the things you mentioned the i7 with 16GB will be a real beast!!!
  3. Thanks a lot for the advice, it really helps :) So perhaps if the Z87 is only slightly more than it may be worth it I guess as it will allow more room to upgrade in the future right? Also if I want to get 2 graphics cards (maybe put another 760 in the future) then I wont be able to do that with the H87 it seems

    What do you think about the graphics card? From what i've read it seems that the price -> performance ratio goes quite steep around this area. The 760 is about $275 in Japan, the 770 is $380 and the 780 is about $640, for some reason the 780 is so much more than the US whereas the 770 is quite similar, so i'm thinking it might be worth it for future proofing, but even though budget isn't a big issue, I don't really want to spend money on something that isn't used :(
  4. I think you should just get the 4770k. Its the same price and has the ability to overclock if you need it. It is better to not need it and have it rather than need it and not have it, after all.
  5. Z87 is also generally better quality parts because its designed to run hotter. So if u don't do anything special w it u at least have a long lasting quality part, the vrm the actual voltage supplier to the CPU will be better quality too. A 760 is fine, gpu won't make all the differnece but it helps speed up renders and can ur hardware accelerated drawing like in PhotoShop. It's more of a helper , the CPU still does the majority of the grunt work so sick with the 760. 770 and above will only really be worth the gains if gaming
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