Critique My First-Time Gaming Build! (Pretty Please)

Hello all, I am building a completely new, hopefully "future-resistant" gaming pc. I will be looking into light to moderate overclocking, and high-end games. My preference parts are the case and price to stay around $1200 US. Th parts I've put together on pcpartpicker seem pretty good to me, but I was looking for some professional advice before committing fully.
I've actually set up two lists:
#1-
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.89 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1338.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 17:05 EDT-0400)

^For this list, I would hope to shave a $100 or so, not sure where though. Case being a preference.

#2
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0575 121.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.34 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1002.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-14 17:07 EDT-0400)

^For this list, I can tack on at most $200, and again, keeping case as a preference.

For both build, I do not plan on SLI/Crossfire. If you are going to be changing the case, I need to have a side window, and optimum cooling fan slots for good lengthy gaming sessions.
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  1. I would go with the first build because I used to have the hyper 212 EVO and it was outstanding for its price. Also, if you are overclocking, Intel locked up everything on CPU's without K at the end.
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