Parts Preferences: Intel (Sandy Bridges), Western Digital VelociRaptor for Hard drive
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: plenty of airflow for cooling, quiet is nice but not all-important, a few lights to make it fun. Price seems to keep going up, but it’s okay as long as it is largely future-proofed and can run anything.
Parts Selected: These are the parts I’m looking at, wondering if anyone would suggest something better and double checking they will work together. First time building a computer.
Well, for one thing you are trying to use a triple channel RAM kit on a dual channel board. I recommend getting either an 8GB(2x4GB)kit or a 16 GB(4x4GB) kit to insure that you remain in dual channel mode. If you use the 3X4GB kit, you wil run in single channel mode. If you MUST have 12 GB, then get a 8GB(2x4GB) kit and a 4gb(2x2GB) kit.
Also, Unless you have audiophile quality speakers (and ears!) you can save some money by using the onboard sound and ditching the XONAR sound card.
I would also recommend replacing the Rosewill PSU with an 850watt unit from a quality brand like Corsair, Seasonic, PCP&C, Antec, or Enermax.
If you only do photo editting lightly I would switch to the i5 2500k
Go with Dual Channel RAM 1.5V DDR3 1600mhz
I've looked at that PSU a couple time debating wether it would be good or not, I know its pretty cheap right now, the blue LED attracted me to it but I would still go with an Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX brand name
If you really want those HDDs go for it but I wouldnt, much rather try to get that SSD in there