How does this look for a gaming/ overall development machine?

It is going to be used mainly for gaming, but I will be doing some development work on it and a bit of video editing/ photosynthing. The MAX I am looking to spend on it is $2,500.

Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($159.98 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech 920-000914 Wired Slim Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: Windows 7
Total: $2009.44
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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  1. Everything looks good to me. The only suggestion I have is that you get one of these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

    instead of the two 1TB hard drives. You can always add another one later
  2. A very nice list of good quality compatible parts.

    Since you still have room in your budget, why not add a second monitor?
    The extra display space is one of the most useful things for productivity.

    Tne Corsair psu is a good one, but you can buy a silver rated PC P&C silencer 750w unit for $90 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
    It is not modular, but with your case, there is no problem with tucking a few unused leads out of the way.
  3. Pinhedd said:
    Everything looks good to me. The only suggestion I have is that you get one of these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

    instead of the two 1TB hard drives. You can always add another one later

    I agree with Pinhedd, unless you were planning on using the 2 drives in a RAID-1 configuration.
  4. Presuming you want the pair of HDD's for data redundancy, You could also pick up a 3rd spinpoint drive for raid 5.
  5. For editing, where you read one input file, edit it, and output to a different file, then two hard drives will be better. Such an arrangement keeps the access arm from thrashing around by keeping one arm in the input file, and the other on the output file.

    And, for what it is worth, 1tb drives tend to be a bit more reliable than 2gb drives.
    http://www.behardware.com/articles/843-6/components-returns-rates-5.html
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