Current build here http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VmqjFT
. Few disclaimers off the bat. I have a case (Verre V770), but if I get a nice build and it doesn't fit in that case, I'm fine to buy something new. I have access to an OS, might be able to get it on a flash drive so I can avoid an optical, but I might add that later. Either way, doesn't need to be a factor. Budget does need to cover a decent gaming keyboard (I kinda like the feel of the very flat Mac-esque keyboards, but I'm open to other options) and a decent 1080p monitor that's at least 21". Right now the price on that build is crazy high because that Hitachi drive is out of stock on Amazon, it's generally around $70-75. I'm also intentionally overdoing storage so that I don't have to worry about it and so that I have plenty of room for a possible dual boot with Hackintosh at some point (not completely set on that).
In terms of usage, I'd like to be able to play current gen titles at decently good quality and hit that magic 60fps mark. I'm not expecting Ultra, but I'd like Medium-High at minimum. I'm planning on learning more video/photo editing and low level rendering, so I need enough oomph to run Final Cut 7/Photoshop/Vectorworks or equivalent programs.
Purchase date definitely won't be before the end of the month, but I don't have much more in terms of specifics. I'm going to be in Northern Indiana/Chicago if that's significant.