My first build; need some help

Hello peeps. I just wanted to ask a few questions. Im building a new pc here shortly and I wanted to get some more opinions on the rig that Im going to be putting together. I plan on doing some video editing and some heavy gaming (Skyrim, total war games, and some other programs (poser debut - a 3d modeling software)) on this rig. Do you guys think this will be sufficient enough for these things?

Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (size, asthetically pleasing, etc.) Im using all the fan mounts, regardless of noise.
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series 1200 watt Gold ax1200
MoBo: Intel DX79SI Extreme LGA 2011 X79 ATK
Processor: Intel core-i7 3770 sandy bridge 3.5 GHz
RAM: 16 Gb of (Mushkin Redline or Corsair Dominator or Vengance; Help me choose?)
HDD: 2 Western Digital Velociraptor 500GB with RAID 0
Boot Drive: Intel 520 Series 120GB SATA 6.0gb/s SSD
ODD: Blu-ray reader (not important but I felt like I should put it up)
OS: Windows 8

My budget is 2500
I'm also rather new to the whole tech game so, dumbing things down for me a bit would be greatly appreciated.
Also might point out that I'm 18 and will be going to college for computer science and engineering so, if you guys wanna teach me a bit, i wont complain! :lol: (keep in mind, ive been searching for this computer for about a year and a half, i have some ideas about things :sol: )
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  1. Corsair Professional Series 1200 watt Gold ax1200
    this is totally awesome but overkill as your pc will only consume 350W

    get the 750/850W version
  2. and no SSD? get any intel/samsung with 250GB capacity
    higher capacity ssd = more performance than less capacity one
  3. You are going way in over your head. There is too much there if you really want to save some cash. The case, for one, although looks cool, is way overpriced. You definately want an SSD. There is no need to get Velociraptors. Another product way overpriced and overrated. 1200W PSU is super overkill. 750W max even for SLI (which I included). The 670 can be OC'd to neck and neck specs of the 680. More vRAM will only help you with multiple monitor setups (larger than 1080p resolution).

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($162.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1593.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 17:41 EST-0500)
  4. well im not overclocking. I find it better for me to stay in a safer place with my hardware. Also, The case I have picked out for a reason. I just re-designed my room and it fits the room nicely with plenty of case space and fans. I dont like water cooling and I never trusted it anyway. I also already own the velociraptors, I got them for free... I dont know about the motherboard or the RAM Choice, the PSU which you just answered thanks, ill downgrade that a bit, or the processor. I will be taking this with me to college next year, so i want the best of the best. Ill be doing rendering with 3d programs and stuff, but also some heavy gaming. 2 monitor set up eventually.
  5. So guys, any other advice or is this build adequate?
  6. You definitely want the CPU cooler if you are going to overclock (it's air cooling). You can stick with your case, I guess :) . The 670 will do fine with dual monitors.
  7. Why bother with the 670 if the 680 4gb isnt all that much more expensive?
    Plus, what cpu cooler should I get?
  8. Actually let me rephrase that... Whats the real difference between the 670 and 680?
  9. ^ if i can afford 680, it is 20% increase over 670 in some games, why not?
  10. So otherwise does this build look good to you guys?
  11. So im good to go and buy this then?
  12. Here Is what I have selected for this build. Anything I should change before I start placing orders? I'm going to be doing heavy gaming and Rendering along with some 3d modeling and probably some music notation things. (Will be using Poser Debut 10 and Finale 2012, as well as Stencyl. Games include BF 3, Skyrim, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Minecraft, Total War Shogun 2, Total War Rome, WoW, SWTOR, TF2, and MANY others)
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