New Rig, asking for input please

HI everyone.

I'm about to build a new rig. I've about 1200.00 bucks to build it. I've all the basic stuff already, keyboard, mouse, monitor, 3TB drive, etc. I'm looking for input on what I've picked out for the meat and potatoes of the rig. It's a game computer I need to last about 5 years. Right now I play Skyrim, Mass Effect, SWTOR, etc. I see what I have picked out as being upgradable for a while.

This is what I have picked out. I can't go over the 1200.00 mark. The one thing I see in this build that I might be able to do better is the memory possibly. I'm looking at what you all might suggest to change, or if you think something might be better.

Heres the build with links to the parts. What do you think?

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2X1600C7R

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  1. gpu:
    i dont follow ati cards so i cannot say. normally i suggest taking one step down from whatever the top tier card is at the time

    i have a 1000w corsair. great products. however there are other more budget oriented products available if you need to shift a few dollars.

    i prefer ocz or mushkin myself. 8gb should be fine for a dual channel system.

    i have a high end asus mainboard. its been good to me so far. just make sure you get one with the features you want.

    personally i'd suggest taking a step up to a low end i7. you can probably shift things around to make this work. i picked an i7-920 myself when i built mine.

    cpu cooler:
    why? for the money spent on a cooler you could have been closer to getting an i7. the stock cooler is fine and there is no reason to overclock an i7.

    at the time the ocz vertex2 sandforce controller ssd was a great buy for me at around $100. 64gb is probably the bare minimum you should go with. however, i would suggest 80gb as you will be installing some core programs and perhaps a few games on it.

    as always ... double check your sockets, cables, connections, etcetera.
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