Approximate Purchase Date: Late September/ early October
Budget Range: Under $2000 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop and Illustrator, gaming , surfing the Internet, sometimes watching movies. I'm also interested in Makerbot's cnc and 3d printer, but I don't think this would change system requirements.
Parts Required: All
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon, I also live near a microcenter
Location: Chicago, IL (though I might be moving to Europe in the next year or two)
Overclocking: Probably later when I feel more confident and more familiar with my build.
Eyefinity: Not sure, I think I'd like the option available if I decide to in the future.
Water Cooling: Maybe, if it is needed when I start overclocking and decide to add a second graphics card
So this will be my first homebuilt computer. The last time I owned a PC was 6 years ago and was an out of the box dell.
Would moving overseas effect this build at all? All I can think of is I would need a new plug for the PSU and monitor.
I'd like a blu-ray drive to be able to play movies, but I don't think I'd ever burn blu-rays, would it be better to have two separate drives? One for burning cds and dvds and one for playing media? I've also read that I would need to buy software to play blu-rays. The blu-ray drive would be over budget at this time, but are there any drives that come with good software?
Is there anything else I should include in this build?