First build ever ($1000 Mid-High Gaming PC)

Well, I'm building a mid-high range gaming PC for the first time, and would like some part suggestions.

UPDATE: Using an AMD build instead. Also changed a few parts

Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon (this week, hopefully before Memorial Day sales end)

Budget Range: <$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet use

Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS, possibly Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular; currently using an AMD build, but not completely decided

Overclocking: Not now, but maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Uhh, what's the best resolution for a 19" Widescreen TV?

Additional Comments:
- Quiet
- Sturdy (will be moving in and out frequently)
- Case w/ side windows and (blue) LED preferred

These are the parts I'm looking at right now:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Also, a few questions:
1. Sound cards: Do I need one?
2. The HD I'm ordering doesn't come with its own SATA cables. Will this cable do the job?
3. Should I get a USB 3.0 port?
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  1. Sadly building an AMD system today is a waste of money in this price bracket .

    The intel i5 2500k is far ahead of the Phenom.
    Have a look at the $1000 build in the system builder marathon .,2893.html

    The good news is that AMD will introduce a new range of processors in the next week . They should be competitive with the intel processors and might be better .
    Wait a week , and in the mean time google " amd bulldozer"
  2. Right, I did hear stuff about that.

    Anyway, changed a good part of my builds.

    Also, will I ever need 8GB of RAM?
  3. 8gb, no. not in the near future from the looks of what you are doing with your computer
    the motherboard comes with sata cables
    no need for sound cards
    get this motherboard-
    get this dvd burner-
    with the money you saved try to get a 560 ti
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