I've been a long time macbook pro user and am looking to switch back in to PC computing. I work mostly with the Adobe Creative Suite (specifically AfterEffects), Final Cut (and other video editing programs) and am looking to build a pretty strong computer for animating and rendering graphics and video. Also I would like to be able to do some light gaming e.g. Portal, TF2, and other similar but not high intensity gaming (since mac has caused my gaming muscles to atrophy greatly).
Approximate Purchase Date: in the next 6-8 weeks
Budget Range: ~$1000, give or take a bit
System Usage: Animation and graphics processing/rendering (Creative Suite, possibly Nuke if I start learning more), video editing, light gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse already purchased (but open to input if anyone has suggestions for options that work well with the above mentioned programs)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've mostly ordered my computer parts for Newegg and TigerDirect but am definitely open to suggestions of reputable vendors.
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Would like to have a full tower case, also looking for a pretty high quality screen for displaying work.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferred but not required.
Additional Comments: As mentioned above I'm definitely looking for a good monitor. Also I've built PCs before so I am familiar with the process however that was a while ago (2006 was the last time) so any tips are always welcome.