I've been away from the computer building scene for quite some time (my original AMD/ATI build has been going strong for almost 4 years now). My brother recently asked me to help him build a new computer for himself. He's looking to build a fairly strong Intel/nVidia machine. I'd appreciate any input on this build, specifically if all these parts are compatible. These are the parts we picked:
He'll be doing some gaming, video editing, and running a dual monitor setup. I could've convinced him to pick up some slightly cheaper parts, but he was convinced otherwise. As for the CPU, we found a great deal, and are going to pick it up for $230! Thanks btw, I appreciate the input.
I hope you're not doing too much overclocking with that -DS3H motherboard, as it's Gigabyte's entry-level Z77 model; its VRMs aren't sufficient in number or quality for a decent OC. The very lowest Gigabyte board suitable for OCing is the GA-Z77-D3H.
If you can, get the FTW Edition of EVGA's GTX 670. It uses the PCB and cooling hardware of the 680, which is a nice little upgrade.
I'd go with the Plextor M5S for the SSD, also grab a 500W PSU which will be fine for that setup and go with the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H instead, much better motherboard.
Also, current Nvidia cards have terrible GPGPU performance, AMD cards have better value and more memory with additional bandwidth. I'd look into an HD 7950, Sapphire, Gigabyte or HIS are recognized amongst the best.
Thanks for the input guys, I decided to get the 650W PSU, since it was basically a steal from newegg ($65). I also decided on the cheaper motherboard, because this machine won't be overclocked. As much as I would like to, I know that I won't be around to maintain and monitor it, so I'm deciding against it.