New PC Build for $1250-1500 USD, how are the Specifications?

Hey Tom's, I'm a 13 year old who is looking to build (or buy) a gaming rig. I have never built a rig before, and my budget is $1250-1500 USD.

What I'm looking for is an online customization site that can let me customize my rig. I know there is Cyberware and Origin, but they honestly overprice everything. I use, which is sadly not recognized by many yet is a very good, but small and not very customizable, site. However, I'm open to building my own rig, as I hear it is better than pre built and a great learning experience.

I want to know what you guys think I should do, and list the components below. I'm starting fresh, no monitor, no peripherals, no OS. The monitor should cost around $250-300, and the peripherals should only cost a max of $100. All together, the components should cost a max of $1500, and the monitor, peripherals, and OS should cost a max of $500. However, if you can limit it to around $1750, by all means, that'd be great.

Also, there should be a GTX 780, but if the 780 takes up to much budget, than I'm fine with downgrading to a 770. Also, if possible, I'll be doing video editing/rendering, so an Intel i7 may be necessary for the hyper threading technology. I want the build to be as balanced as possible, with a GTX 770 or higher. Also, if you can fit it, an r9 290x would be nice. I will not overclock, so that "K" isn't a necessity. My specs are as followed, and prices are listed off if

•Chassis:Apevia Xdreamer4 green- $79
•Memory:8GB Mushkin 1600- $79
•Graphics:GTX 770 2GB- $455
•Power Supply:Seasonic 620W- $79
•Storage:1 TB HDD 7200- $88
•Additional Storage:250GB SSD- $197
•DVD / Blu-ray:DVD Burner- $22
•CPU Cooler:CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus $34
•Operating System: Windows 7 Home 64-bit- $110
Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core CPU on an ASRock Z77 Pro3 HDMI USB 3.0 motherboard- $358
Total: $1501

These prices are off of, so I understand that building a pc may be less $$. Maybe even $250-300 less, so I wanted to know if you guys could help me. Sorry for the long opener, but I'm stuck and need some help. Thanks!
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($166.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($578.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($60.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VE248Q 24.0" Monitor ($177.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1702.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 13:31 EDT-0400)
  2. Badboyrog2: Wow, that's a pretty great list! Thanks for the lightning quick response, too. Just two questions:
    Question #1: "GTX 780 or r9 290x?"
    Question #2: "16GB RAM or 8GB RAM?"
    I know I said I'd like a r9 290x if possible, but I was just wondering if the GTX 780 is better or not. And the second question, I WILL be creating a RAM disk to superpower my rig with speed, so will 16 GB RAM be sufficient, 6GB for disk, 10GB leftover, or should I stick with a 12GB RAM storage so that 4GB will be for the disk and the other 8GB for anything else? Good job, though, for staying $300 under budget. I couldn't have done better :P Thanks!
  3. ''Question #1: "GTX 780 or r9 290x?" ''
    the both are almost identical in performance...just take the cheapest one

    ''Question #2: "16GB RAM or 8GB RAM?" ''
    8gb for gaming , 16 gb for cfd/video editing
  4. Alright, sounds good. Thanks for the help, man!
  6. I've heard great review on <REMOVED> products, but there entire forum is just people ranting about how <REMOVED>messed up there rig's and that they have awful customer service. They even make you PAY for shipping if THEY messed up :(
  7. Ohhhh, alright, I got ya. Question, is <REMOVED> overpriced. Can I build a pc for about the same price as the current one I'm building. It's a $2000 top quality rig:
    And another one:

    At <REMOVED>, could I build a better rig for less cash? Could I even build a rig with better quality (including monitor and os, maybe even mouse and keyboard) for about $1500? If so, I hate to say it, but could you give me a part list? If you can, thank you!
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