Trying to get advice on a new build

Hey all. It has been quite some time since I've last built a computer (10+ years), and things have definitely changed since then. I've done my research, and I've come up with what I think is a solid build. I'm going to be using this computer mostly for gaming, and I'd like to put it out there to see what I've done right, what I've done wrong, and any constructive criticism/comments I can glean to make this better. I am not looking to overclock it from the start, but I want to make a build that will be able to support that in the future.

Case: Antec DF-85
Comments: N/A
Price: 165.99

Processor: Intel Core i7-3820
Comments: Compatible with Swiftech Apogee HD Water Block
Price: 319.99

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79
Comments: N/A
Price: 329.99

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200
Comments: N/A
Price: 279.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB
Comments: Compatible with Koolance RAM-33 Waterblock
Price: 369.99

Bluray/CD/DVD Drive: ASUS Black
Comments: N/A
Price: 57.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black
Comments: Combatible with Koolance HD-60 Waterblock
Price: 219.99

Network Adaptor: ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter
Comments: N/A
Price: 27.99

Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 570
Comments: Compatible with Koolance VID-NX580 Waterblock
Price: 349.99

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Comments: Temporary, at least until a watercooling system can be installed.
Price: 89.99

As of right now, this build is air-cooled; I would like to convert it over to water-cooled in the future, and I have made sure that the parts I've selected have corresponding waterblocks. I'm also not including accessories such as card readers, mouse/keyboards, or monitors, because I either have them already, or am not ready to invest in them at this time. Thanks for taking the time to offer your advice! :sol:
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  1. Radeon 7870 > GTX 570.
  2. Why take a Radeon 7870 over a GTX 570? I was under the assumption that GPU's were processor specific, i.e. ATI --> AMD Processors, nVidia --> Intel Processors.
  3. ^ nope, you can use a nvidia card with a amd cpu, ati/amd card with intel, it doesnt matter. nvidia and intel are two totally different companies too. the 7870 has pretty much better performance/cash i think, havent looked into it much. also, you probably dont need to bother with the i7 3810 if you are just gaming, the i7 2600 or the i5 2500 are very good gaming chips, and there isnt much point usually to spend 100$ for like 15-20% performanc increase, unless you have other things you will be doing with the computer? liek rendering or anything? also since you are only using the noctua temporarily, why not just get a coolermaster hyper 212 evo or something, dont overclick too much until you get ypur water cooling and you save like 40-50$
  4. @ iknowhowtofixit: From the looks of it, that Seasonic is a nice rig, but it pains me to spend another 70$ while dropping 200 watts, especially if I choose to add additional GPU's. Also, what is the reason for a SSD? I understand they're fast, much faster then a standard spindle drive, but how would it benefit me in this case? The nVidia card has a waterblock designed for it, but so far, I haven't been able to find a block for the 7870. Probably because they haven't come out yet, but I'm looking to build this in the next few weeks. God only knows how long it will take them to prototype and mass produce a block for 7870.
  5. sorry i meant @helstyrkr
  6. I would dial your ram back to 12 gig prolly (3x4 gig dimms), drop to a coolermaster 212 evo, save the cash and put it into a 580 or amd equivalent, and sli (xfire them later). prolly drop the psu wattage too. I cant see you using more then 8 gig ram honestly but its tri channel so might as well go 12. That would be one monster darn build. Also maybe do a SSD for your operating system and you most often played games, but that is just gravy, if ya have cash to burn.
  7. Now can tri-channel RAM only be used in sets of 3's? I.e., 3x4's or 3X8's?
  8. Ok. I looked over all the advice here, and I've changed a few things. Here's what I've done.

    1. Replaced the CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 Power supply with the SeaSonic Platinum-1000

    2. Swapped the G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB for the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB

    3. Added a Crucial M4 SSD

    What is everyones thoughts on this?
  9. Ok. Thanks for the input everyone
  10. Best answer selected by Hel Styrkr.
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