Well i am a first time builder and i have put together a build that will suit my needs now and in the future. Looking for this build to be at 1500$. main uses to be photo enhancement(work) and gaming(pleasure). Still not sure if i should stay with intel or use amd??? or if i can save money somewhere with cheaper parts without losing performance? looking to add another video card and more ssd/hdd in the future.
case -NZXT Phantom atx full
memory- G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAB
First off - do not purchase aftermarket warranties - you're really throwing money away on those. All manufacturers including Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, Cooler Master, and so on have their own warranties included with their products and they have to honor them.
I'd switch out a few things - mainly your GPU - go with EVGA as your vendor, switch your CPU to the i5-3450 (which you will need for the Z77), switch your primary SSD to the Vertex 4, and then if you can add an HD that will be very beneficial.