Help me build gaming only rig..$700 - $1k

What I want to play with this gaming rig:
mostly MMO's, prefer the system be able to play them max or near max

What I value
Longevity and quality over speed and extra features (I don't OC GPU, CPU etc.)
Upgradeability - need system to run 4 years using cpu, ram, and gpu upgrades

Brands I prefer:
Asus motherboards, Nvidia video cards, Kingston Ram, and Intel CPU's. Asus, Kingston and Nvidia I am willing to change brands if the facts show similar quality with a good price/performance gain. I am not willing to Go AMD over Intel for the CPU however.

Last Notes:
I know there are cheaper non-OC IvyBridge CPU's and Motherboards, but I went Haswell over IvyBridge, thinking it would give me more upgradability in the future (am I wrong here?), and I had a really tough time sorting out all of Asus's lineup. Help here saving money (based on what I value etc.) would be appreciated.

*I already have a new 500GB 7200 RPM WD HDD and Monitor to use in this build but need new Windows OS*

Please help me drop the price of the build below ($700 – $1,000 is my range), while keeping quality, upgradability, and performance in mind. If you see any incompatibilities please note them (especially motherboard/case - I hate it when IO on board doesn't work with front IO on case etc.)

Link to compatible RAM for Mobo I've chosen:

Windows 8 full retail

PSU's please help choose(had good luck with Thermaltake on my last build, but willing to look at other quality PSU's)
CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W

Thermaltake SMART Series SP-650PCBUS 650W ATX

ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case

RAM(Not much research done here..plucked this off from the list based on CAS 9 and the brand)
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 HyperX Model KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G

GPU (would settle for less GPU than this for now and wait for prices to drop again if needed)
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit
$220 after rebate

Additional SSD HD for OS and a couple of my favorite MMO's
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

Total = $1043 with the Corsair PSU

Thanks in advance for any help =)
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  1. I understand wanting to go with those preferences except for Kingston. G.Skill, Mushkin, and Corsair perform better for no difference in cost.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $969.67
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-02 17:14 EDT-0400)
  2. Thanks for the quick response. I like how you snuck that 770 card in there, not bad with the price. I've never used MSI boards, are they reliable?
  3. Best answer
    I'm actually a huge fan of MSI, because they are a reputable company.
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