I recommend you get the 2600K or the 2700K, you are about to have about 12 gamer builders come in here and say the I5, but they are only speaking for the money saving side. Core i5 is not the best processor in the world. the 2600K and 2700k are best for the Visual rendering processing in aid with a low end video card. doing your line of work the 2600K is your median between the i5 and the 2700K. the I5 is for the gamers that wanna use Intel but don't have the need for the extra's the performance the I7's have because when you are running Multi graphics or a high end Graphics card you loose the need for a built in Graphics rendering in the CPU, thus cutting cost. So....
My vote: the Intel Core I7 2600K. the 2700K may make you future proof and worth the extra 30$ but its only difference between 2600K is a higher clock speed
But my friend does a lot of stuff on Maya and Dreamweaver etc on his 2700k and he hasn't had a problem with it.
I am a gamer and small time game dev and I use the 2600k and love it, best purchase I've made, do yourself a favor and get a 2600k/2700k over the i5, you will enjoy it for what you're doing. And as for getting the 2700k over the 2600k, you can pay that extra 30 bucks for the bragging rights but both are pretty much equal.
Actually for your use the 2600K is the best choice. The 2700K is basically a marketing gimick where they clock the 2600K faster and charge you more money for the same thing. If you take a 2600K and change the clock multiplier to the same as a 2700K... you have a 2700K.
If you were just playing games the 2500K would not only be the best choice for your pocket book but the best choice as a gaming CPU. 8 threads on four cores makes each core run hotter. The best way to improve gaming performance in your 2600K is to OC it, the second biggest improvement is to turn off hyperthreading. If you do that what are you left with...? A 2500K with 2mb less L3 cache.
But, like I said. Get the 2600K for your application. The 2700K isn't overkill it is silly.
Thank you for all of the quick responses! I'll likely order the 2600K and feel great about it now.
Here are the highlights of the system, at a pricepoint I am comfortable with.
Does anybody have any thoughts/minor adjustments?
-Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Gaming Case
-12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive
-i7-2600K 3.40 GHz
-Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan
-120 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD
-16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1333MHz
-GigaByte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset
-600 Watts - Standard Power Supply
-AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe
What is the consensus on Cyber Power's build quality?
Build looks fine. I might try to get a name brand power supply in there if you can just for long term stability. You really only need 500 watts for a HD6850. Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, OCZ, XFX, Silverstone, Enermax and Antec are all good brands.
CyberPower is as good as any of the build to order companies. Good warranty at least from what I have heard. All the parts are the same as if you did the build yourself except they cheap out on power supplies. Do not let them put a Thermaltake power supply in it. They seem to use them alot and they are crap.