I priced very simliar systems through Newegg and Tigerdirect... Newegg was about $50 cheaper. Tigerdirect doesn't have the Blackhawk case that I want. I went i7-2600k mostly for the hyperthreading. My video editing software does support it.
That's it. I might clean off the thermo paste from the H80 and put some better stuff on. Not sure yet.
All said and done this is about $1600 with shipping. I think I can get $400-500 for my XPS 630i, so this isn't a bad system for $1100-1200. I could save $150ish by going i5-2500k and a 1GB video card, but since Sony Vegas Pro supports hyperthreading I might as well go for that too. Oh yeah, black case with blue LEDs, blue mobo, blue RAM cards, blue black-lit keyboard... going to look soooo purdy!
If you don't wanna SLI you don't need such a big power power suply. 600w-620w is enough. Why you buy an expensive 560TI when with 50$ plus you can buy a 570gtx. Is more powerfull then any other 560.
I'll go SLI at some point, but not right off the bat. I also wanted 2GB video for higher resolutions down the road. I read that more vram will help with that. The GTX 570 2.5GB is another $100 and is out of stock now too.
I have no real problem with any of your selections, particularly for your budget.
For your non gaming work, the 2600K is appropriate, and better than the 2500K.
For gaming, I think I would get a stronger card like a GTX570 initially. You may never have to upgrade it or go sli until after kepler is launched when it will be more economical to replace it with a single high end card. The extra video ram is of unknown value, even with higher resolution monitors. It won't hurt, but any extra is probably better spent on a stronger card in the first place.
Get your 16gb ram kit up front. Ram is cheap, and editing can use lots of ram. Ram is sold in kits for a reason; to insure compatibility.
Also, there is no need for fancy heat spreaders with 1.5v ram.
Here is a 16gb kit that is only $20 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want to tinker with liquid cooling, fine. But I think I would go with a simple air cooler like the Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper 212 for about $30.
It will run quieter with slower turning fans, and the cooling is plenty for all but maximum overclocks.
The Corsair psu is a fine one, but stronger than you need for dual GTX560ti, or even GTX570 cards. It is not wrong to over provision a psu since it will consume only the wattage it needs. Check out 850w or 950w units from Seasonic, PC P&C, Antec or XFX; you should see some better pricing.
In time, when 28nm graphics cards arrive, the requirements should be even less.
Good thing you have hard drives, the current prices are wild.
Do consider getting a SSD for the os and a few apps up front. It will make everything feel much quicker. A 60-120gb unit should be ok,
I read some reviews that stated you need to switch the BIOS to XMP mode for it to work. Whatever that means...
I looked at the Corsair HX850 psu... $40 less than the 1050W. The 850W is enough to run 570s in SLI? I want to stay modular for the psu.
I'll up to 16GB and a single 570 for now. Maybe the 2GB 570 will be in stock when I order this stuff on black Friday.
XMP is a profile recorded in the ram module that sets your parameters to the advertised specs. It really does not matter. The default specs(speed, latencies) are largely irrelevant to real app performance with sandy bridge. Outside of synthetic benchmarks, or ultra overclocking, you are looking at a 1% impact. My take is to keep it simple and let the motherboard pick the defaults.
That is one heck of a good price on a top quality psu!
I would reconsider modular as a requirement.
You will be using most of the leads anyway, and it is no big deal to fold the unused leads out of the way.
Only if you were building a small form factor case would modular be of a big advantage.