Need Advice on a ~$1000 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably by Jan. 1

Budget Range: $900 - $1200 (around $1100 would be great)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers -- anything that belongs outside of the case really. I will require an OS.

Country of Origin: US

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Parts Preferences: I would like to use a Corsair 600t case. I don't have much of a brand preference when it comes to everything else.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I've had some experience repairing computers, and swapping out parts, but this will be my first "from the ground up" build. Any additional bits of advice would be greatly appreciated.

Here is what I'm considering so far. I'm worried that some of it may be overkill, or that I may not be getting the best performance for my money. Let me know what your suggestions are. Thanks.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
This seems (to me at least) like a lot to spend on a mobo, but I like having the sata 6Gb/s and usb 3, as well as an extra x16 slot.

Team 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD34096M1600HC9DC-D [2x]
Was looking to get 8GBs worth. Too excessive?

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I like the aesthetics of this case, and I'm willing to spend some extra money in this area. This is pretty much the only piece of the build that I'm certain about.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

HP Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 24X Multiformat DVD Writer
I realize that I can find a better drive for around the same price or less, but considering that this is the only other visible part of the build, I figure I might as well go with something that I like the looks of. I don't plan on getting much use out of it anyways.

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Not sure as to how this will hold up if ever get around to adding another card.

CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Scraping together all of the combo deals and after-holiday promos that I could find, the total comes to $1,161.89 US.
So, good build? Bad? Have I done anything that exposes my naivety in this entire matter? Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.

Thanks again!
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  1. ^ Nice parts,...
    Some suggestions -

    1. Mobo - No overclocking, then IMO the 890FX is not worth it,...The 890GX boards are also pretty decent overclockers and the x8x8 Crossfire they provide would suffice for 6870 Crossfire,...

    2. RAM - 8GB is an overkill for gaming,...Also if you want 8GB, then the best option would be 2x 4GB as it opens up the upgrade option, also easier to set higher speeds on the RAM
    $15 off w/ promo code EMCZNNZ59, ends 12/27

    3. HDD - I would suggest this - This is as fast if not better,... and it cheaper
    Samsung F3 1TB

    4. CPU Cooler - CM Hyper 212+ - This would perform very good, nearly comparable to that one and costs less than 1/2 the price,...

    5. PSU - Cant go wrong with the 750TX - It can easily power 2x HD 6870 without any issues,...
    Go this coupon right ?
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  2. Alright thanks, I think I'll take your advice on the mobo and cooler. Going with 4GB Mushkin RAM, and keeping the HDD that I picked out (it's $20 off in combo, and takes advantage of the 6Gb/s). Wish me luck.
  3. It doesn't matter if it utilizes sata 6gbs it can't fill the bandwidth on 3gbs
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