Let me try this again. I posted a new build thread back towards the beginning of last fall, but funding didn't quite work out. I appreciated the responses I recieved then.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Maya/3dsmax modeling and rendering, gaming, photoediting. Possible video editing down the road. General word processing and internet useage.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I don't need anything outside of the case. I'm planning on getting a second monitor a little down the road, but its not in the budget right now.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, and there is a microcenter not too far from me if the shipping is expensive ( I prefer not to use newegg's free shipping, I've heard UPS has a 6 foot drop somewhere along the shipping process)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Cooler Master Storm Scout or HAF 932 case.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. as long as I can
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably. Either now with 2 cheaper cards, or down the road to add on to My budget could support two cheaper cards, or one more expensive card which I could add a second to down the road.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is my current monitor. 1920x1080 resolution. I'm planning on getting one of dells 22-24" ips panels down the road.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm also interested in getting some type of 3d system once I have the budget for it. Probably an iZ3D monitor over the nvidia shutter glasses system because I've heard the shutter glasses cause headaches.
Thank you for your response. I understand I'm trying to fit 2 different computers in one box. Ideally I would be able to build one for gaming and one for maya, but that doesn't fit in my budget. I guess I should have added to my original post that I am a student. I am using the learning version of maya for a class, which has a 6 month license. And according to the professor, we won't be working on any large scale or too terribly complex scenes. So I was looking to build something that could handle the stuff from class, and then some solo projects outside of or after the class, as well as game and the other uses I listed in my original post.