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I'm building my first computer for both personal and (at-home) business use and could use expert advice

I’m a graduate student getting my degree in Animation & 3D Design, so I need something with processing, internet connectivity and memory POWER. I would be running heavy programs like Adobe Creative Cloud apps (like Photoshop), Flash CS6, 3DsMax, Source Filmmaker, and other such programs (often simultaneously). Some items in my parts list may be overkill, so if I need to scale it back, let me know. My budget hovers around $2860 or so for this venture, so money is not really an issue. Here’s the list:
CPU- Intel Core i5 6600K 3.5 Ghz Quad Core
Cooler- Noctua NH- UI25 55.0 CFM
Motherboard- MSI z170A Gaming M5 ATX LGA1151
Memory- Crucial 16 GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133
Video Card- EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti6GB Superclocked ACX 2.0+
Storage- Samsung 850 EVO-series 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Power Supply- Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX (next level down on this.)
I also require a BluRay Optical drive for burning and ripping
*I have no idea what case exists that can fit all this in there, so stylish suggestions would be awesome
* I was told by other "experts" that I will need a Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG, because I’m hooking up my Aperion Audio Allaire Bluetooth speakers to my new PC
*Since I will be running my desktop off of a direct LAN ethernet cable, would it be wise to invest in a WiFi adapter?
Irony: For all my time spent with my eyes on a screen, I know jack squat about what makes a computer work best. Any help offered here would be great. My future business will thank you. :)
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  1. gtx 1080 still fits in your budget
    Production wise I would spend money on i7 6700k. ASUS is a good company for making br/dvd drives.
    Here is what I can throw down
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($344.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($199.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.00 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card ($629.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($53.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($129.88 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 27.0" 144Hz Monitor ($659.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $2559.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-06 23:15 EDT-0400
  2. Best answer
    since it sounds like you plan on being professional with this I'd actually recommend you go beyond the normal consumer CPUs and look at the enthusiast series. The additional cores are useless for playing games and day to day things. But for render jobs and the like they are worth their weight in gold.

    [PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/list/c6nWbj) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/list/c6nWbj/by_merchant/)

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/Td98TW/intel-cpu-bx80671i76800k) | $419.99 @ Newegg
    **CPU Cooler** | [Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/4vzv6h/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd15) | $88.49 @ Newegg
    **Motherboard** | [ASRock X99 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/xJFPxr/asrock-motherboard-x99extreme4) | $204.98 @ Newegg
    **Memory** | (http://pcpartpicker.com/product/6xs8TW/gskill-memory-f42400c15q32gis) | $119.99 @ Newegg
    **Storage** | [Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/FrH48d/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e500bam) | $143.00 @ Amazon
    **Storage** | [Hitachi Deskstar NAS 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/QRLypg/hitachi-internal-hard-drive-0s03664) | $157.49 @ Newegg
    **Video Card** | [Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/3fvZxr/gigabyte-video-card-gvn1080g1gaming8gd) | $654.98 @ Newegg
    **Case** | [Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/tHckcf/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4blw) | $131.98 @ Newegg
    **Power Supply** | [EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/g63RsY/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr) | $90.71 @ Amazon
    **Optical Drive** | [LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/z2dqqs/lg-optical-drive-wh14ns40) | $49.99 @ Newegg
    **Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit](http://pcpartpicker.com/product/MfH48d/microsoft-os-fqc08930) | $139.99 @ Newegg
    | *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
    | **Total** | **$2201.59**
    | Generated by [PCPartPicker](http://pcpartpicker.com) 2016-08-06 23:46 EDT-0400 |
  3. Thanks for your reply. What about accessories like a Sound Card: would I need that to hook up things like speakers and headphones to it? And which of those things in the parts list will give me the most qualitative amount of RAM (at least 16 - 32) to process my programs?
  4. The sound card in your mobo should work fine. 16 RAM is Ok. Video editing/animation tends to use a lot of cpu and ram so having 32GB is good but not necessary.
  5. Thanks so much for the great suggestions, everyone! :)
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