Need Help Picking Parts

Alright so here's what I want from my computer....
First, I want a fast boot up. I don't like waiting. It's annoying.
Next, I want as close to instant reactions to my clicks, example... opening a program. I want that program to be BAM there.
Also, I want to be able to run all my programs/games/skype at once with no lag.
The games I play are pretty simple for now; League of Legends and Minecraft and sometimes Runescape. I want to run these games on the highest settings possible without any troubles. I also will play FPS games like CoD and Battlefield.
Finally, to top everything off, I'd rather overkill this computer than underkill. By that I mean I see myself trying and playing other games and I want a computer that can do alot more than I need.

So, with that being said, my budget is around 1000-1500, but can go higher.

I've done some research and I need help deciding on almost every part.

For the processor I was looking at an i5 or i7 but people are telling me to go with AMD.

For the graphics card I was looking at a GTX 670, but that is pricy and I am open to other suggestions.

I have no idea what motherboard I should go with, so that is 100% open.

I also know I want an SSD. The Samsung SSD's seem to have great reviews. I'm thinking 256 GB.

For Ram, again, I'd rather go overkill so I might as well just go 16 GB.

For the cooling system, I don't want to do water cooling, and I want it to be QUIET.

For a hard drive, just a 1 TB Seagate, nothing fancy. (again it's over kill)

For the case, I want it to look cool with the LED light things, but this is my first build so I want something that would be friendly to builders.

Finally, the power system, I don't mind spending an extra $50 for a bit more over kill, so that is open.

I know this post is fairly long, but I appreciate any help!
Thanks!
-Brendan

Are you going to be only gaming? or some editing and stuff? oh and do you need OS?

I will need an OS, just Windows 7, and no editing, just gaming and web browsing and stuff like that.

then no need for an i7. are you sure no watercooling? prefilled kits are easy to install, sometimes easir than aircoolers. anyway, here http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKna

not sure about noise though i haven't read much review in that cooler. but its really good from what i've seen.

or this for a cheaper motherboard. but this is enough really. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKoH

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKrG

Will you be overclocking? If you are getting a good CPU, the only logical thing to do would be to overclock it!

Here's a build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKxj

Here you go:

Intel build

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKyL]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKyL/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKyL/benchmarks/]Benchmarks[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570]Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($213.78 @ Amazon)

[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xigmatek-cpu-cooler-darkknightiisd1283nighthawkedition]Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler[/url] ($49.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77vle]Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($148.98 @ NCIX US)

[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c9d16gsr]G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory[/url] ($115.06 @ NCIX US)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pd256bw]Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($229.99 @ Amazon)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex]Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($66.64 @ Amazon)

[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100351sr]Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card[/url] ($402.38 @ Newegg)

[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r]Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($49.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss650am]SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($76.50 @ Newegg)

[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04]Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($17.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Operating System:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050]Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)[/url] ($96.03 @ Amazon)

[b]Total:[/b] $1467.33

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AMD build should have similar gaming performance and might have a slight multi-tasking performance over the i5 3570k:

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKCn]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKCn/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SKCn/benchmarks/]Benchmarks[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8350frhkbox]AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor[/url] ($189.99 @ Amazon)

[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xigmatek-cpu-cooler-darkknightiisd1283nighthawkedition]Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler[/url] ($49.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpror20]Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard[/url] ($134.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c9d16gsr]G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory[/url] ($115.06 @ NCIX US)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pd256bw]Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($229.99 @ Amazon)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex]Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($66.64 @ Amazon)

[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100351sr]Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card[/url] ($402.38 @ Newegg)

[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r]Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($49.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss650am]SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($76.50 @ Newegg)

[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04]Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($17.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Operating System:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050]Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)[/url] ($96.03 @ Amazon)

[b]Total:[/b] $1429.55

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for gaming, 16 gigs is overkill, and a 256 gig ssd is waste of $$$$

Unless you want 10 games on the SSD for fast loading times (most games are between 10-20 gb's in size these days). I have a 120 gb SSD right now and I have used up over 60 gb's of space w/the OS and 2 games! Most SSD's work most efficiently between 50-80% and lose some performance over 80% of capacity. It's up to the OP if that is too much $ to spend, but that is what the OP wanted. 16 gb's of RAM isn't too much if your doing lots of renedering or things like that, but that is also up to the OP if that matters to them.

Alright so I really appreciate all the feedback! First off, I looked at all the builds and I think I made a couple decisions. I'm going with Intel > Amd. Here's what I'm certain I'll get:

Processor: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570

Motherboard: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77vle

Memory: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c9d16gsr

SSD: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pd256bw

Hard Drive: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd10ezex

CD Drive: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04

Windows 7: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050

 

Now, for the other things...

For the tower what do you guys think?

This: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r or

This: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-400r or

This: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc942kkn1

Now for the CPU cooler, I might do more research on water cooling, so I'm not sure on that.

Video Card:

 

Which one is better?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100351sr

or

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670wf22gd

 

Power Supply:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss650am 

 

Is that okay? Or should I spend more?

 

Thanks!

 

Brendan

Don't you want to overclock? for that budget an overclock is gonna be good.

What is overclocking lol? I asked my friends but they really didn't explain it well. Or I didn't get :P