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I'm looking to build myself a new PC for the first time, and I'm having trouble creating a shopping list.

Budget: $1200 to $1500 USD

Peripherals and Monitors: I already have a great mouse and keyboard. Also, I have two older monitors that still work fine at the moment but may need replacing soon (a Syncmaster 2494LW and a Viewsonic VA903).

Games: Primarily Overwatch, Guild Wars 2, and Warframe, but I also have a large assortment of random steam games (none of which are as resource-intensive as the first three though).

Software: Primarily Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, and Adobe Premiere. I also do a lot of programming and audio production work (though this stuff isn't very resource intensive).

Aesthetics: I like my workstations looking as no-nonsense as possible usually. Call me un-creative, but there is just something satisfying about a plain looking black computer tower. While I'm not opposed to a fancier tower, I prefer to keep lights to a minimum.

Details: I already have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 from my current machine that I would like to continue using (I absolutely love this GPU), as well as a 1TB Internal SSD and a 3 TB Internal HDD. I also currently use 24 GB of RAM (though its a few years old and I doubt it will be compatible with a new motherboard), so I will probably want at minimum that much RAM for this build, if not more. I ALSO want to upgrade from Windows 7 Professional (I used Professional to support my 24GB of RAM) to Windows 10 Home. My current workstation (if anyone is wondering) is a Dell XPS 8700.

Rebates/Promos: None that I know of.

When: Sooner rather than later. I would like to start building this in the near future.

My hope is that because I already have (somewhat) decent peripherals as well as a GPU and storage that I can divert more money towards getting a good processor, motherboard, and ram. Thanks in advance!
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I should also mention that I'm definitely leaning towards the i7-8700k for the CPU, but I would be totally open to someone changing my mind on this.
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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($185.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (Purchased For $0.00)
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Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($419.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1305.92

Or if you want to go Intel;
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CPU: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($399.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($190.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($134.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ($419.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1359.84

I'd get this Z390 motherboard instead if you go Intel though;
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Also don't pre-order the i7-9700k if you prefer Intel, wait for benchmarks because you might actually be better off going with the i7-8700k since despite the 9700k's extra 2 physical cores, it ditches hyperthreading so has 4 less threads than the 8700k. 9700k will have better single core performance though and has a soldered IHS.

Asus' Z390 boards just aren't available on PCPP yet for some reason. For RAM, it's still silly expensive and 16GB should be fine, so I'd really recommend just grabbing 16GB for now and adding another 16GB in the future when/if you really need it, and/or it comes down in price.
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Thanks so much for all the help!
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