High Schooler building first rig

Hey guys, I've been saving for a loooong time for this dream that I have of a PC. I've been doing as much research on parts that I can and this is my list thus far. I want this to last me a few years before an upgrade, and I have until about christmas and I will have my funds. I was hoping you guys could take a look at this part list and give some feedback. What I'm still struggling with is video card choice (I'm thinking I want the best performance 7950, so I'm going with sapphire OC or HIS IceQ Turbo right now). Also I've been going back-and-forth between a 2500K and a 3570K.

I've bought some parts here already, the case, mobo, ram, and PSU. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i52500k]Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($197.99 @ Amazon)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-cwch60]Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler[/url] ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extreme4]ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($134.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gab]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($39.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd1002faex]Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/a-data-internal-hard-drive-asx900s3128gmc]A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($97.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111960240g]Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card[/url] ($308.14 @ NCIX US)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph410w1]NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($99.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-power-supply-w0382ru]Thermaltake TR2 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($69.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns90]LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($17.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Operating System:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050]Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)[/url] ($90.81 @ Amazon)
[b]Mouse:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/razer-mouse-rz0100151400r3u1]Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse[/url] ($48.93 @ Amazon)
[b]Other:[/b] Das Keyboard Professional Silent ($129.99)
[b]Total:[/b] $1411.77

I would suggest looking on microcenter.com It will be cheeper. The I5-2500k is $40 cheeper, the only thing is they dont ship so you would have to have one nearby. You also dont need a power supply that big. You could get a higher end one for a little cheeper. Your case is also pretty expensive. But im in the same boat as you, im a high schooler going to be doing my first build. I have just been doing quite a bit of research so I know some things lol. Once Gig gets on he'll do some tweeking lol.

It looks good to me. The only real differences between the 2500K and 3570K is that the 3570K will give you PCI-E 3.0 and Intel HD 4000 graphics. You probably won't use either of these features, but it is always nice to be a little more future proof with the PCI-E 3.0 support.

On the other hand, the 2500K generally overclocks higher than the 3570K, and you can sometimes get faster speeds as a result. For example, a 3570K @4.5Ghz is about the same performance as a 2500K @4.7Ghz. The difference is that the threshold for most 3570K's seems to be around 4.5 or 4.6Ghz, where the threshold for most 2500K's is between 4.8 and 5.2Ghz.

The only thing I would change is the CPU cooler. I'm almost 100 percent positive that this will perform better than that H60:


http://us.ncix.com/products/?&sku=42819&vpn=NH-U12P+SE2&manufacture=Noctua&promoid=1368 this is a sweet deal that cool that coolermasters should be great to. I have a h60 with a Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm Slipstream and i love it i got it on salefor 39.99 and the fan for 9.99 so i was stoked.


crappola it shot up like 12 bucks, with cosair SP120 performance fans it performs as good as the H100