Thank you in advance for all your advice, there is no way I could do this on my own. This is my 4th build and I can follow a recipe, but when it gets to how or why something works, I am out of my depth. It is because of all the experts out there volunteering their time and brains, that people like me can have a quality computer at home, so thanks.
Approximate Purchase Date: The sooner the better, this week if possible.
Budget Range: ($1000-1300)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Must be able to handle some serious work in After Effects. Also, I will use most programs in CS6 from illustrator to photoshop to indesign to dreamweaver. I will also be doing music production in Ableton Live as well as some light modeling in Cinema 4D and Poser.
Parts Not Required: I have a keyboard, mouse, monitor, corsair h70 heatsink, and hard drives
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: Nothing major here. I would like a decent size case, I struggle with making things look pretty and fitting well inside the case. Modular power supply is a must for me.
Overclocking: Maybe not a must have feature
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. Most likely not.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 dual monitors
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
SSD is decent but not great, I would look toward the Crucial M4 or OCZ Vertex 4.
RAM is all good.
Who cares about the optical, its fine.
HDD: You said you have multiple at the top, make sure there 7200RPM and you have it set so that one holds the raw data/footage and the other gets rendered too, with the SSD to hold the OS and programs. This is so that data isn't being read from and written to the same Hard Drive, which will slow the process down.
Thank you both for your suggestions, I take them to heart.
I do like that the extreme6 has firewire, as I still have devices that use it. That said, I could just get a card for $20 or so.
Great advice on the hard drives. I do have 5 7200 1TB drives and am planing to use the ssd for just programs and boot. I did not know to put raw files on one and render to another, so thanks for the tip.
I could go down to the 560ti graphics card, but the boost might be nice if I decide to play games a little.