2000$ Gaming Computer Advice!?

Need Advice and help on my first build that I hope will be future-proofed for at least 2 years

Alright, here goes.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sooner the better

Budget Range: 2000$ (without Graphics card... Waiting until the new 28nm series')

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the web... more gaming :P

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, headset, Graphics

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.ca , www.ncix.com , www.canadacomputers.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Overclocking CPU for sure, everything else... maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (depends on the new gpu lineups)

Monitor Resolution: Probably 1900x1080 or 1900x1200 (is 1200 worth it?)

Additional Comments: I'm looking to build a gaming computer that is going to run all of today's games at the highest settings and hopefully be quite future-proofed for about 2 years.
I have everything except the Monitor and HDD picked out so far and I'd like some people here to check to see if it's worth the money or if there something I've missed, or ... hopefully something better for cheaper.

Thanks in advance for all advice, tips, and suggestions.

Cooler Master HAF X 179$

Intel i5-2500k 209$ after promo code
CPU cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM 50$
Thermal Paste:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 13$

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 209$

Corsair XMS3 Classic 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 40$

SSD: (this will be the boot drive and drive for all commonly used games and programs)
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD 185$

Power Supply:
OCZ ZX-Series 1000W Fully Modular 80 Plus Gold Certified Power Supply 179$ (after rebate)

Optical Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner 23$

Operating system:
Windows 7 Professional 150$

HDD: (for Data and Movies)
???Any suggestions???

??? ... ???

Absolutely all help is appreciated! Preferably help that will save me money without sacrificing performance :P haha
Is a 1900x1200 really that much better than a 1900x1080?
I'm also wondering if a 50$ sound card is worth it for gaming??? what do you think? Which is the best?

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  1. Thanks for the response, I do have a question... why the crucial m4 over the mushkin?
    It has slower read/write (especially write)
  2. monkeyfrompwnworld said:
    Thanks for the response, I do have a question... why the crucial m4 over the mushkin?
    It has slower read/write (especially write)

    The SandForce controllers the Mushkin has isn't as stable as the controller found in the Crucial M4.
    They have stability and failure issues (though it may not be as significant as an issue it use to be).
    You really won't notice the difference in performance.
    It's really peace of mind, but you can't really go wrong with either one.
    The Mushkin seems promising though, so never mind the SSD suggestion.
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