So basically, this machine will be used to do the above things.
3D Rendering/Editing: Will the sacrifice of a core i7 w/ hyperthreading for i5 and a high end GPU be huge in these situations esp. editing?
That's really my only question.
Any critique is great.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($217.98 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (Purchased For $129.99)
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Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $551.30)
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Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (Purchased For $75.00)
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Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($261.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $30.00)
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Get the 4770k. It can be faster up to 30-35% in 3D rendering.
GTX780 should be closer to $500 now, after recent price drops. This gives you $50 of savings and you surely can afford additional $50 for the $2,5k rig.
One thing I would change, is the display. For working with graphics and 3D I would recommend a bigger 27" monitor, preferably with 2560x1440 resolution. However it is difficult for me to recommend anything below $500 price point.