This will be my first build, researched in bits and pieces over the last three months. I'm hoping to get at least 2-3 years out of it (though of course I don't expect to play the newest games at max settings three years from now). I greatly appreciate your taking the time to check it over, so thanks
Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week or two, once the holiday craziness is done.
Budget Range: $1200-ish
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim and Deus Ex in particular; Guild Wars 2 when that comes out).
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: Intel processor
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, eventually, but not for a long while
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'm hoping for a PC that is not loud - some noise is fine; I just don't want it to sound like, say, a box fan. (The kind you put in your window in summer, that is.) A case that won't cut up my hands is a plus too.
Looks absolutely solid, nice build. The only thing I'd add would be an after market HSF like the CM 212+. If overclocking isn't something you want to mess with you can move to the i5-2400 as the 2500K was built specifically for overclocking.
Oh, about cases cutting your hands... the 300 isn't rolled, so be careful. It's a great case at its price but I can attest first hand that it can definitely slice through a few layers of skin.
I would go with a larger PSU especially if your thinking about a dual SLI or CF set up. I just built my first system last Thursday, I went with a corsair TX850 just to allow myself some head room for such a thing. Right now I'm running stock speeds on a i7 2600k and will probably overclock it in the future. If you do get the 2500k and you plan on overclocking at some point you want the extra power to do such a thing.
If your not overclocking I would not worry about getting the 2500k unless you just want to spend the extra money.
The motherboard is hit or miss and has gotten very bad reviews. Personally I'd stay away from top of the line Asrock boards atm and go for an Asus/MSI board. The only reason I don't say gigabyte is b/c they have yet to make a new bios (its not a biggie but its nice to have).
Also be sure to check the case and whether or not the GPU will fit. That is a very long card just fyi.
I do not know much about that PSU brand. 500W should be plenty, but like someone mentioned if you do plan to go SLi or Xfire you will need least a 600-850 psu. 600/650 would be bare minimum you could sneak by with. 750 at least would be a safe bet for sli/xfire.
Thanks for the advice. I will get the aftermarket cooler, and I will also get a Z68 motherboard, but I'm looking at the ASRock ATX version (linked below), not the micro ATX. (Looking at reviews for ASRock, it does seem like they're hit-or-miss like Hotthree said, but I'll take the chance. If I get a "miss" I can return it.)