Needing a bit of help on a new build :)

Hey, I'm looking to build a new computer which will probably be used mostly for gaming, but I want to have some room to be able to do editing in the future if I so wish (I don't fully know yet). Anyway, right now I only have a Macbook Pro (Early 2010 - no hatin'), and I really need to improve my system :P
I have a budget of $3500 for everything (I have absolutely nothing for a pc), and while I know that amount is a bit excessive, I'm not the one paying for it. Therefore, I don't really want to go over.
With that said, what would be the best way to get the most for the money, I think I want to go for Z77 and I can't really decide between the 3770k or 3570k, motherboards, ram and the best layout for gpis (either XFire or SLI). I'm gonna dedicate $600-700 for peripherals (speakers, monitor, os etc.) and the sooner I can get this list completed the better :)

So thanks guys, I'm looking forward to some suggestions :)

And also, I don't really know about going for multi-monitor displays, but I think I want to go down the conservative path of just one screen for now, maybe with a 1080p+ resolution ;)

Here is the template:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month (probably)

Budget Range: $3300-$3500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Casual stuff

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg preferably

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: Almost definitely intel chipset and cpu, not so sure about graphics card and motherboard.

Overclocking: Yes (I want to get a pretty decent overclock)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - If that's the best solution

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080?

Additional Comments: Look above, otherwise there's nothing much else to say.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 2010 Macbook Pro <3

Something I drew up quickly:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($141.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($247.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($171.11 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G700 Wireless Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $3025.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 06:38 EST-0500)
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  1. Awesome, I'll take a look :)
  2. I downgraded some components I felt it necessary to (CPU, mobo, RAM, PSU, CPU cooler) and squeezed in a 1440p screen for less $$$.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($247.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($171.11 @ TigerDirect)
    Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.25 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($678.00 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech G700 Wireless Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2912.20
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 07:11 EST-0500)
  3. For the sakes of scaling and overall performance, would it be worth trying to go trifire with 7970s?
  4. No, two is great for 1440p.
  5. Well, that really is an awesome monitor :P Shame no 120Hz 1440p monitor has been invented yet :\
  6. I believe they do exist but I wouldn't worry about it.
  7. Another thing to consider, if IB-E is gonna be based around LGA 2011, would you get better future proofing further down the line? I'm not sure how often I will be able to upgrade, and if replacing the cpu only is a possible option (instead of buying a new haswell-compatible motherboard + cpu), would I get better upgrade options? I'm kinda debating between Z77 and X79, I know X79 would offer more than enough for me right now, but I want this build to last for quite a few years...
  8. No, it's always better to buy a new mobo and CPU in a few years.
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