First Build

I am building a computer for the first time and I'd like some advice on whether the parts I've picked out are sufficient. I haven't purchased any of them yet. I do a lot of video editing and stuff like that as well as some programming, so I wanted a relatively powerful computer. I also want to keep the build no higher than $1000.

Here is a list of my components:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz with integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 (PC3 10666)

Hard Drives:
SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III Solid State Drive (for system files and applications)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (for everything else)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Case: I like this one --->

Monitor: ASUS VS Series 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1

As for the powersupply and optical drive, I'm not sure what I need, so I'd appreciate any suggestions for those two parts. I did the powersupply calculator at and it recommended around 300w.

As I said before, this is my first build so I did a lot of research but I don't know exactly what I'm doing; any advice would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. I'll be installing a Linux distro--I'm not sure which one yet--as my operating system
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  2. another good power supply is the seasonic M12II 520w for 59.99. its semi-modular too for good cabling
  3. As Why_Me suggested, go Ivy Bridge (3770K) instead of Sandy Bridge (2600K). The Ivy Bridge CPUs have a lot better integrated graphics compared to the Sandy Bridge CPUs, which would be of use to you since you are not getting a separate GPU.
  4. the ivy bridge igpu is about 25-50 percent faster in games and about 20 percent faster in quicksync
  5. Thanks so much everybody! And okay I'll go with the Ivy Bridge CPU
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