Approximate Purchase Date: Possibly this week or next.
Budget Range: If I could build it for $1000 that would be great, but I'm willing to spend up to $1500 (After rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo Editing, Gaming, Video editing, Movie Watching, Web Surfing. I am a freelance photographer/ hobbiest. I also do some freelance video work. I also play video games and want it to play games like Watch_Dogs, Skyrim, Mass Effect, and other such games at High or Max settings.
Parts Not Required: I have a Radeon HD 5870 graphics card from my brother and a Samsung CB24WS 24" Monitor. (And/or a 23" Samsung TV)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any site is fine. I have Amazon Prime if that matters. I also have a Microcenter and Fry's nearby that I can drive to to buy parts.
Country: United States, near Chicago.
Parts Preferences: I have no preference in parts. I was thinking a mid size tower. Something cool looking I guess.
SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is, so no?
Monitor Resolution: My current monitor is 1920x1080, but I may want to go higher down the line.
Additional Comments: I need a decent amount of space for my photos and videos, and I was thinking of doing a RAID setup so I can have a duplicate backup drive for all of my photos and videos. Maybe 2 2TB drives? Or possibly 3TB? I'm open to suggestions. I would also like a SSD for the OS, Games, and Applications. Maybe 256GB. This is my first build and I am very open to suggestions. Thanks!
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For editing you need -
cpu - as many and as good cores as possible. At least an i7 4770k.
ram - as much and as fast as you can afford
gpu - as many cuda cores/stream processors as possible
hdd - as much as possible. SSD's if you're really serious.
For gaming, you need less than that - i5 4670k, 8gb 1866 ram
SLI/XFire is multiple Graphics cards
You should get a better graphics card for gaming - say a r9 290 or gtx780
-i7 and 16gb of ram for editing.
-Locked processor and H97 chipset motherboard since you're not overclocking/SLI.
-250gb SSD for your most used programs and a 3tb HDD for storage purposes.
-GTX 780 max out anything at 1080p.
-NZXT Phantom 410 is a high quality ATX mid tower.
-Good psu and semi-modular for better cable management.