≈$1200 First Build

How does this look for a future-proof rig? I'll be using it for games, video editing, and the typical web browsing. In-game graphics quality isn't a huge deal since I'm not too picky about them - I'm used to playing things at low-resolution & low detail, so improvement is improvement as far as I'm concerned.

Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K
CPU fan:
PSU: Corsair 650W
RAM: 4x4GB Corsair
HDD1: WD VelociRaptor 150GB (already owned)
HDD2: Seagate 1TB
VGA: XFX Radeon HD 7770 (will buy a second eventually for crossfire)
Optical: ASUS 24x DVD burner
Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4
Mouse: Logitech G5 (already owned)

This is going in an NZXT Phantom Full Tower case. Should I have any problems or conflicts? The main thing I'm worried about is having a good CPU fan that won't cause problems with the heatsinks on those RAM chips.
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  1. I'm not sure about that graphics card. You'll be able to crossfire that with the PSU you have though, so if that you're plan it should be okay for about 2 years.
    I like that keyboard. Best one I've ever owned.
  2. What exactly do you mean by "not sure about that graphics card"? If you mean it won't be able to play games at high resolutions/quality a few years down the road, that's a given. Keep in mind, I'm the kind of low-standards gamer that considers something like Skyrim "good looking" even at 800x600 with no AA/AF. If the card can at least handle 720p gaming at high detail, AA+AF & still manage 60+ FPS, it's golden as far as I'm concerned. Plus I can always upgrade years down the road.
  3. $240 seems a little steep for that board. You could so something like this... $147.99 Free Shipping
    ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 LGA1155/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard <----- another look at that board

    And that 650w psu you have up there would easily push two of these down below. $253.99 Free Shipping
    Asus ATI Radeon HD7850 2GB DDR5 DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - HD7850-DC2-2GD5
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    I think you should save, and get yourself the 3570k.

    Hyperthreading won't help with video editing. Nore gaming.

    Only benchmarks care about hyperthreading. Video editing takes into account, clockrate, and physical cores, much more then hyperthreading.

    Plus with Intel quicksync, they perform exactly the same only diference maker between them is where they are clocked at.

    Take a look at this :
  5. You could get the i5 3570k and get the radeon 7850 instead? I think that is a great switch
  6. I'm sticking with the listed Mobo just because I really admire the design of it, but switching the CPU & GPU for the i5 3570K and Radeon HD7850 is actually a really good idea, and it's what I was thinking of doing after ismaeljrp's post. Thanks for the input, all, and wish me luck with my first build.
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