Building a new rig. I want some advice.

I am building a new rig from the ground up as my old rig is so old and obsolete. I am a heavy gamer and want to know if all the components I plan on buying will work together without a hitch. I am including everything I plan on buying and I will organize it so it should be easy to read.

Main Components:

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

Video Card: XFX HD-687A-CDFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS ...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: MSI 22X Internal Burner Black IDE Model DH-22AP

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Additional Hardware

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor W/Speakers, VESA Compatible

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard

Mouse: RAZER ABYSSUS Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical High Precision Gaming Mouse

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver CMQ2-25G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound - OEM

I hope everything I am interested in will be adequate to my gaming needs. If the PSU is overkill let me know and please tell me anything else that I might need to revise because I want it to work without a big RMA ordeal. If there is something I'm missing please let me know. I know I have 1600 for my memory wondering if I should go higher or not. I know I don't have a sound card on the list but I haven't found one to my liking as of yet. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thank you for your help.
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  1. I know there is someone out there that can help me out. I added links to make it easier as i should have from the start.
  2. Power Supply seems a little overkill. Are you going to be adding more video cards?
  3. Not gonna be using multi gpu's so I guess I could cut it down a bit. How much would be adequate maybe a 750w or lower?
  4. Pick up the i5-2500K + ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 in this combo:

    Drop your PSU + RAM for this Corsair combo:

    With the money you just saved, get a GTX 560Ti 448 Cores:

    Any reason for an IDE optical drive? If not, pick the cheapest SATA DVD burner to your liking.

    You can probably go with a cheaper case such as CM HAF 922 or Corsair 500R. (Allowing you to up your graphics card to a GTX 570/ HD 6970.)

    Otherwise, the HAF X is missing a top 200mm fan so you might want to pick up another one - move the side panel fan to the top and the red LED to the side:
  5. Drop the PSU its overkill and crappy quaility a 650W will do for SLI

    Also that motherboard is overkill for you as well I would go with an ASRock Extreme3 Gen3
  6. For me anyway, I no likie any MoBo w/o a 3 year industry standard warranty.

    Saw 2 posts today w/ Ripjaws issues .... also toothy heat sinks things can interfere w/ heat sinks.

    Cross CM off ya acceptable PSU's list....a 750 watter will handle two of your GFX cards....but w/ the 850 just $5 more at $90, take the 850

    Performance Highest to Lowest on WD drives ....Black -> Blue -> Green

    I don't think ya MoBo has an IDE connector....get a SATA Optical Drive

    Upgrade the cooler / TIM
    Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu
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