New Desktop mid tower build ($1250) USD

Hi everyone, first time poster
I want to build a computer for gaming- school work reasons(Swtor, Skyrim,SC2- Studying systems engineering needs to run programing software). Ive built 1 pc before but after about 2 years i had many parts fry do to overheating and poor case/power supply reasons and because of that i have to build a new one and don't want the same thing to happen this time around. Last time i had help picking out parts but this go around Ive done all the leg work myself in terms of trying to educate myself about different options parts and such (Toms hardware,Anand Tech have been so helpful.)I'm more or less finished but i could really use any advice you guys can give me in dropping the price,options for different parts, and making sure i don't kill this pc....oh almost forgot it is extremely important that this pc not die on me ( i know i sound like a broken record) since i live in southamerica (In Houston ATM) and getting replacments, etc is an issue. Thanks for all the help :P
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Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: 1000-1250 Can maybe push it a little but thats kind of my Limit

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1.Gaming 2.Work 3.Movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Storage Hard drive (thinking about getting a ssd or maybe just a normal HDD so i can put the pc together in the states ) Dvd drive,(salvaging all that i can from old pc)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not really prefered but ive been using newegg for all my parts.

Country: United States...However should i disassemble the pc for travel? im going to Bolivia in Southamerica

Parts Preferences: Intel,Corsair (first time intel user used AMD in the past for all pcs ever owned)

Overclocking: Yes (first time overclocker)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (if i need better graphics card way way way down the road)
Monitor Resolution:1280x1024
Additional Comments: Noise isn't an issue i do need this thing to stay cool.


Corsair Carbide Series 400R $99.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $224.99


ASUS P8Z68-V PRO $209.99

Video Card:

GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) $249.99

Power Supply:

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W $104.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $89.99


COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan [x2] $15.98

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $73.74


OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $189.99

Sub Total $1,259.65
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  1. Wow. You need a new monitor my friend. :O

    I'm using the same monitor as you and I have no problems with any games right now with my 9800GT.

    Ditch the water-cooling and fans. Get a cheaper motherboard like the z68 asrock extreme3 gen3. Get a new monitor. A 1920 x 1080p or 1680 x 1050 so that you can truly appreciate your biuld.
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