3d Rendering build $1000 Budget advice?

Hello all, I am an Industrial Design student in need of some advice. With the current school work im doing right now (photoediting - 3d renderings) my i5 laptop isnt going to cut it. I recently learned that "building" your own desktop computer is cheaper than buying a prebuilt one. In the case where you know what you are doing. If not then that would be alot of wasted money on parts that wont even work. That's why I came here to ask for advice.

With the power of google and some time ive learned some of the basics about building a desktop. and with my budget of $1000 i came up with this:

Processor - Intel i7 2600k
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z68-V
Graphics Card - ATI 6870
Cooling System - Hyper 612
Power - OCZ 750W
RAM - Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB
Internal HD - Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
DVD Drive - Asus 24xDVD-RW

this adds up to roughly $905 based on the prices i saw on Amazon.

Given that I am very new at this and my first time building a computer, I don't want to make a mistake and waste buying something I'll never use/need.
I want to know if I got everything right here, if there are some parts that i've left out, or better/cheaper parts to replace my current selections.

thanks for the input. :)
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  1. this is what i would get. theres no overclocking (unless you want to do it from the get go) but it is pretty darn fast


    you will have to get a graphics card seperately in order for it to fit into the budget. the onboard graphics are much better than you think in video encoding. (faster than CUDA or OpenCL)

    a nice graphics card would be a asus 7850
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