Need help on gaming PC 1250$+

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Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably soon. I can wait... but I'd like a computer soon.

Budget Range: Under 2000$ after taxes, shipping costs, rebates ...etc

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Probably like 90% gaming, 10% Surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, Maybe not a PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (eh!), any other canadian site...

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel... Unless AMD has some sort of amazing hidden secret parts I've been completely missing.

Overclocking: Simple CPU overclocking

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, haven't decided yet... need advice!

Monitor Resolution: All depends on the GPU I pick although it'll have to be a <300$ monitor

Additional Comments:
I'm 15 and have been using my moms computer for the past 4 years. She purchased it as a family computer for everyone to use and I've thrown in some parts to help turn it from a POS into a mild (very mild) gaming PC. It has served it's purpose over the years surfing websites, playing MW2, Killing Floor, MW3 (with some stutter). Since I have been the primary user of this computer, I've been changing file names and cleaning things up and my mom continually yells at me saying it isn't mine and I have no right to be messing with it... I'm fed up with this and I'm looking to purchase my own computer that can actually be "my computer".

All right, so I've picked out most of the parts already but I really don't trust my own uneducated choices and I'm looking for help and suggestions on better and cheaper parts...

Here's what i'm currently looking at:

Case: 160$
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower

Power Supply: 220$ (I already have a 700W Rocketfish PSU I bought at futureshop awhile back... Should I reuse it instead of buying this???)
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W

RAM: 90$
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Power Supply + RAM Combo: 262$
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W & G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

CPU: i7-2600k 330$... I've been noticing people saying 2500k is a much better deal. ???
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

CPU cooling: 40$ Is this necessary?
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

Thermal Paste: 13$
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Motherboard: 270$ Is this overkill?
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68

GPU: 0$ Radeon HD 5770 (My current GPU)
I realise it'll become the serious bottleneck but I think I'm going to wait for the 28nm GPU's from both Nvidia and AMD to start rolling before I drain money on an expensive GPU. No?

SSD: 120$ 64gb
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

HDD: ???$ I have no idea what hard drive to get any more thanks to the ridiculously high prices. AHHHH!

Optical Drive: 23$
ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Operating system: 110$ (future upgrades to 32gb RAM 4 x 8gb made impossible by home premium)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

One other question I have is whether or not a Multi-monitor set up (Eyefinity, Nvidia Surround) is really worth consideration when I'm buying the real GPU in a few months.

woah, this is getting long. All help, tips and suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!
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  1. If the PC is for gaming i5 2500k is the best choice.
    You don't need such a big power supply.
    Here is what i propose to you , without video card , is have monitor included :
    Case :
    Power supply :
    CPU :
    Memory is enough 8GB :
    HDD :
    SSD :
    Optical drive :
    OS :
    cpu COOLER :
    Monitor :
    Total : $1,351.39 without rebates.
    If you want a multi monitor setup wait for the reviews at new series video cards from ATI or Nvidia. With a good ATI card now you can put 3x monitors. ( eyefinity )
  2. I agree with sosofm.

    i7 2600k is not worth it for gaming, if you want to overclock you will turn off the hyperthreading anyway. Motherboard is overkill, anything over $150 (good brands) should be plenty for your needs - stick with z68 chipset for overclockability. Go with the 212 EVO sosofm posted above over the 212+. It's only a couple dollars difference and it is the updated designed heatpipe contact plate. You shouldn't need anything more than 8gb of RAM for gaming. You don't need more than 750w PSU unless you are planning on crossfire/sli.
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