Need advice on upgrading gaming build

I built a gaming computer in 2008 which has been crashing regularly lately, leading me to believe my CPU or GPU have finally given in to heat. However, since most of my hardware is no longer in production, it seems smarter to upgrade most of my hardware to modern products than to keep installing hardware thats 3-4 years old. The problem is that im not sure whether my new hardware will be completely compatible with the old parts I still want to use.

I'd appretiate it if anyone could look over my hardware and make sure its compatible, as well as any improvements you might suggest for my build.

Approximate Purchase Date: (1-2 weeks)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 500-700) After Rebates

System Usage: gaming (BF3, Skyrim, ect.), watching movies, using internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor*, speakers, HDD*, PSU*, optical drive*, case*

* Included in list of parts bellow, to ensure of compatibility

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I currently have Windows XP 32-bit on my computer. I've heard this OS can cause bottlenecking, so I'm adding Windows 7 64-bit to my list of parts. Please let me know if such an upgrade is necessary.


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz Quad-Core Desktop Processor

MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

This is actually my third choice for GPU. My first 2 choices are currently out of stock on newegg:

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory


HDD: Western Digital WD5000AAJS Caviar SE 500GB

PSU: Thermaltake W0106RU 700W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Screen: Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 300 cd/m2 700:1

As you can see, most of my old hardware is of good quality. Please let me know if you see any problems or have any suggestions.
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  1. Looks great. Enjoy smooth FPS on all your games, but add in a Hyper 212+ because you need to OC the i5 or it's not worth the "k".
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