If you're buying in summer, I'd wait to give you any suggestions. Ivy Bridge is coming out very soon, as well as the new GTX 6xx cards. So once those are out, maybe post again? Although if you want some suggestions now, I could certainly do that too
The 2700k was only $10 more than the 2600k so I thought why not. I have the Extreme3 Gen3 and I love it; it's the best board in that price range. I only went with 8GB as you can always upgrade and 16GB is even overkill for me! I went with 750w as it was a great price and gives you a lot of headroom. I chose the 500 gig drive as it's cheaper and you can always add another, but hopefully HDD prices are back to normal by summer!? Also the 2GB card will be better for the 3D stuff. You can use the ssd as a boot drive and to load programs. The Hyper 212 is a good cooler; you'll have a lot of OCing potential. The total price comes out to $1277.91 after rebates and shipping. That leaves you about $225 for a peripherals and an O/S...
16GB is good for him because he does a lot of editing and RAM is CHEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAP
I have no interest in a Samsung by Seagate since many many people (including me) have experienced dead HDDs in a few months.
The 2600K is basically identical to the 2700K when OCed.
So do I. 16 gigs is kind overkill and 8GB will be fine. I only on occasion use more than 8GB of RAM. He can save $50 and upgrade later.
Dead HDDs happen all the time; it's when there are way too many dead drives that it becomes a problem. This one has gotten great reviews; only 6% on Newegg have rated it a 1 star and 80% have given it 5 stars. That's extremely good for HDDs and my Seagate hard drive has been fine so far so I'd say go for it. Some Seagate drives are badddd so you need to watch out for those, however.
And originally I thought the same thing about the 2700k as you do. It's actually a bit better; it wasn't worth the $50 when I bought my 2600k, but for $10 more I'd go for it. You can get to higher clock speeds at lower voltages. But he's probably going to get Ivy Bridge so this isn't that big of a deal.