For gaming right now very few games will take advantage of more than 3 threads so the value of the 4 extra threads that hyper-threading gives the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K is very minimal. So unless you are looking to do some video/audio work or some other heavily multi-threaded work or multi-tasking then the processor you want to focus on is going to be the Intel Core i5-2500K.
- For $10 more you can get the CORSAIR TX750 V2, which is a preference of mine because it is a single rail instead of 4. I prefer those because then I don't have to worry about balancing my wires between each rail. If that doesn't bother you, though, save yourself the $10.
- That sataIII ssd is super cheap but beware. There are a ton of DOA complaints on newegg and zero manufacturer responses. My own advice with SSDs is, sadly, to hold off. They are going through major growing pains right now with new architecture and yields and controllers and it's a bit of a mess. Maybe gift one to yourself for christmas.
- If you're looking to save money, consider a 6950. Yeah, not as good as the 570, but $100 is $100. Can always crossfire them in a year for an easy upgrade.
- If you're gonna drop that much on a mobo, consider getting a z68, since the p67s are already discontinued (and will receeve little to no bios and driver updates). Here is a z68 at that same price point, as well as the z68 version of the board you listed.
Thanks for the responses. I ended up going with the MB & PSU that was suggested as well as the lower latency RAM. I also dropped the SSD for now and will revisit that again in the future ( I had been on the fence regarding the ssd anyway)
Order placed crossing fingers for a good build upon arrival.