Need Build Suggestion - For MULTIMEDIA use

Hello All,

I need some solid advice from, the amazing computer gurus on this forum :D

In a couple months I will be starting this Interactive Multimedia program at college, and I have been tossing the idea whether to buy an iMAC or go for a custom PC BUILD.

Now in this program I will be doing: Design, Audio, Video, Web related projects, and I will be using the following softwares: Adobe, Maya, Final Cut Pro ... just to name a few.

I am a PC user by heart, but I dont mind Apple computers either. So initially I got convinced that I should get the new iMAC 27" ( Quad-Core w/ i7 processor ), but if someone could give me some ideas on a complete PC Build w/ a monitor similar if not better compared to the iMAC i listed above..

My Budget would be: $2,300 (CAD) before taxes.

I would greatly appreciate the help. Thanks In Advanced.
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  1. honestly, this is too easy to give you a specific build without really knowing your needs further. an imac simply cant fit powerful graphics cards inside it. do you want to get the same performance for less? do you want the best possible performance for $2300?

    heres merely an unoptimized example, around $2300 (this might be in puny US dollars, i built this on and for some reason the grand total was 500 bucks more than the subtotal)

    Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129066
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
    Item #: N82E16819115070
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Subtotal: $504.97
    Calculate Shipping
    Postal Code: GO
    Shipping: $0.00
    Handling: $0.00
    GST/HST: $0.00
    PST: $0.00

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    Asus VK278Q Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Webcam
    Item #: N82E16824236101
    Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
    Item #: N82E16817139006
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$40.00 Instant
    $10.00 USD Mail-in Rebate

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9Q-16GBXL
    Item #: N82E16820231441
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

    ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131703
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
    Item #: N82E16835118019
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827136181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820148348
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$25.00 Instant

    SPARKLE SXX5801536D5NM GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814187125
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$25.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    Subtotal: $1,820.41

    by the way, if anyone was wondering, even if i had a 20k computer budget, id still try to put it inside an antec 300.
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