This is what I came up with. You kinda went a little overkill in the places not needed for gaming, so I tidied it up a bit This build will give you room to add a second 780 in the future for SLI if you want, and with the window, be able to see the awesome closed loop water cooler Also gave you and SSD for superfast boots and programs
Neither one will make much of a difference, Shadowplay is low-level and barely uses any GPU power. The 780 will more than handle that on its own And 16GB is good, but not worth paying double if it's a gaming rig. If you see the extra $40-$50 as doable since it's under your budget, go for it, it won't hurt An i7 doesn't show much improvement from an i5 in gaming, not worth the extra $100+.
Thanks shortstuff, didn't notice that on the RAM. ANd only selected Win7 as that's what he had in the OP lol
420, if you can squeeze it out, this build will work perfectly to add the i7 instead. That will give you a bit better future-proofing, but won't really effect gaming performance now, as games are just now being optimized to 4 cores. But I definitely won't tell you not to do it lol
It makes everything you place on it and install to it faster in pretty much every way. For example, I have Windows, Steam, Photoshop, Chrome, etc on my SSD. Everything, even Photoshop is up and ready to go instantly. Just makes a fast computer feel even faster I have a few games on it as well, it's amazing how fast they load.
I am planning on building a similar PC also first time builder. Just something extra I've understood about ssd. Don't store data/media on it - that is what the big hdd is for and I've also gathered that if you don't fill the sdd to capacity it will be better for it in the long run.