Its been so long since I built a PC it may as well be my first time. I've waited a long time to upgrade from my current desktop and want to future proof this build as much as possible. I'll be using it for more than just gaming: Photoshop CS5, Handbrake video encoding, watching HD streaming video and gaming such as Civ V and Shogun 2. I snagged the Ivy bridge i7-3770k when they went on sale last Monday so that purchase is a done deal. I intend to OC but am aware of the heat issues with IB and will keep the OC within recommended tolerances. Since I have not played around with overclocking before, I was leaning towards a mobo that makes that task as simple as possible.
I particularly am in need of help selecting a case (mid tower vs full), SSD (best brand and size), and need feedback on the Mobo I picked. Not sure if I should go with the ASUS P8Z77-deluxe or the Intel DZ77GA70k. If I overclock the CPU to 4.5 GHZ, should I get faster ram such as DDR3-1866 or above rather than the usual 1600? And last, whether I'd be better off getting a Radeon HD 7970 rather than the GTX 680 GPU given keplar performance boost vs added cost. I'll be using my current monitor, keyboard and mouse.
I don't want to waste money but price is not my primary concern. Instead I want value for my money and to future proof the build so this rig lasts several years.
My parts pick so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7Bob
CPU Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard Intel DZ77GA70K ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Hard Drive Corsair Force Series GT 180GB 2.5" SSD and
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
Case Fractal Design Define XL Titanium Grey ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
I expect you gurus can help a newbie like me get the most bang for my buck and make sure the parts I've selected are compatible.