1) What will you be doing with this PC? Mainly photo editing (Lightroom, Photoshop), architecture (CAD and 3D modelling/renderings), some video editing (Premiere, After Effects) and maybe some gaming. 2) What's your budget? Between 1200$ and 1800$ 3) Which country do you live in? Switzerland 4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? MB, CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD+HDD, PSU, case, (CPU cooler?) 6) Will you be overclocking? a little bit, if I can 7) What is the max resolution of your monitor? What size is it? 32" 1920x1080 8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC? as soon as possible, (this week). 9) What features do you need in a motherboard? USB3.0, RAID1 (HDD reliability), 10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If so, what OS? yes, 64bit windows 8 Hi, and thanks for reading. First build for me. After much research, I've come up with the following setup (prices are from Swiss online shops): MB: Asus P8Z77-V PRO (200$) CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K (335$) GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 (230$) RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 4 x 8 GB - DDR3 - 1600 MHz / PC3-12800 - CL9 (190$) SSD (O.S.): Samsung 930 Series 128GB HDD (data): 2x Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Sata 6GB/s 7200rpm (2x147$) PSU: Seasonic G-650, 650W, 80+ Gold (140$) Case: Sharkoon T9 Value (67$) CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 My thoughts: - I need as much CPU and RAM as I can afford (photoshop eats RAM for breakfast and rendering times depend on CPU). - I don't really know how much GPU I need, and where it will be of any benefit. I've thought about the Quadro's but I'm not sure I need them (can't afford the expensive ones and the cheap ones like the Quadro 600 don't seem to be very powerful). - I was thinking of putting the two 3TB HDD's in RAID1 for reliability (backup in real time). I will still back my data up every week on an external drive as well. Questions: - any suggestions/better component combination for that price ? - is the 1155 socket a good choice? (I have the impression that the 2011 socket, with X79 + i7 3930k, is not worth it) - is RAID1 a good idea for data reliability ? Is it easy to set up with this mother board? Thank you in advance.