12 years since last built. Now it's time again... I need your help.

Last time I did it, the system ended up lasting a loooong time. I either got lucky or did something right ;)

Then I bought a 2nd hand and it wasn't that great... BSODs and so on. So I went the Apple way due to workflow issues between home and work (photography).

But now with the existance of exFat, Windows 7 running pretty ok and Windows 8 looking like something that is going to be nice, along with the horrendous prices on Apple hardware, I'm considering going back to the PC world which I was brought up in. I now have significant knowledge to say that there's almost no difference in how the two systems work for what I use them for, so I might as well spend the money on building a pc myself and getting something way more powerful than the same money would get me in a Mac Pro.

Anyways... I'm trying... It's hard because it's been 12 years since I had any knowledge about hardware. So... hint hint, lend me a hand please :) I would really appreciate it.

Target application:

- Adobe Premiere, After Effects (no 3D grapics), Photoshop
- 2.5K raw video editing
- ProRes, DNxHd editing

Hardware so far, open for changes:

- NZXT Phantom 410 Midi Tower black fans: 1x 120mm Front, 1x 140mm Topp, 1x 120mm Bag, ATX, mATX, mITX, USB 2/3.0

- Corsair HX 850W PSU ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus Silver, Modular, 6x 6+2-pin PCIe, 12x SATA, 140mm

- Intel® Core i7-3930K Processor Socket-LGA2011, Six Core, 3.2Ghz, 12MB, Boxed, no fan include

- Intel® High Performance Liquid Cooling for Socket-LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 and LGA2011, Boxed

- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe, Socket-2011 ATX, X79, 8xDDR3, 4xPCIe(3.0)x16, CFX&SLI, 2xGbLAN, SATA 6Gb/s, USB3.0, WiFi,EFI

- Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1600Mhz DDR3 16GB 16GB kit(4GBx4),Tactical, 1600Mhz, 1.5V, CL8-8-8-24 (and then add another 16GB on the side)

- Gainward GeForce GTX 680 2GB PhysX CUDA PCI-Express 3.0, GDDR5, DVI-D+DVI-I, native-HDMI, DisplayPort

- SSD drive for OS and programs, but I have no idea which.

- 2 x Western Digital Caviar® Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s, (SATA 3.0), RPM = IntelliPower, 64MB, 3.5", run in raid

- Sony Optiarc DVD±RW Writer, AD-5280S SATA, DVD±R: 24x, DVD+RW: 8x, DVD-RW: 6x, Bulk, BLACK (to be honest... anything goes here, just need to be able to burn dvds)

- ASUS Xonar D2X PCIe-x1, 118dB SNR, EAX 2.0, OpenAL, DTS

- Windows 7 Professional 64bit

- Back up disk: Western Digital My Book® Essential 2TB USB 3.0

This is it so far. I have an Eizo monitor which I'll keep using till I can afford a larger version. But let's say I needed RGB... then I would need advice on a graphics card that could put out RGB to an proper RGB monitor.

Thank you very much for your help :)

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  1. Or maybe change the RAM to these:

    4x Crucial DDR3 BallistiX Elite 1866Mhz 8GB

  2. For the SSD, I would reccommend looking at the Samsung 830 Series. They are reasonably priced and have some of the fastest Read/Write times right now.

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