If you're reading this, thanks very much already. For the last two days I've been frantically scouring the internet for deals and I wanted the opinions of experts here So, without any more of my rambling, here is my component list (complete with links and prices). Let me know what you think and feel free to be brutally honest.
Keep in mind it'll mainly function as a gaming rig, but I'm not really confident in overclocking it (hence the i7 3770). I also do a bit of photo/video editing and coding (in Visual Studio) if that paints a better picture. Thanks for your help! I can't thank you enough! =]
Here's a build suggestion with a much better GPU, at a lower budget. Have a look:
CPU & Optical Drive: $223- i5-2500K & Samsung (i5 is good for gaming, i7 does not give much of performance improvements over i5. it's K series so that you can overclock incase you decide to do in future, but not now)