[New Build] $1000-1200 Sandy Bridge machine

currently im running a pentium dual core 2.8ghz.... my system is aging and its time for a serious upgrade.

Approximate purchase date: by the end of january

System usage: Light gaming(WoW, Portal 2, GTA IV, nothing too new, surfing the internet, playing B-Ray movies, and photoshop/illistrator

Parts not required: OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

Preferred website: i think newegg has pretty good prices but any other suggestions are appreciated

Country: US

Parts Preferences: i think i want to go with a i5-2500K, it seems to have the best cost/performance ratio. i'm also pretty set on the case listed below..

overclocking: i'm sure i will OC the precessor a bit, maybe to 4-4.3Ghz

Sli or crossfire: dont care, one card is all i need for the gaming that i do

monitor resolution: my main monitors are 2x 19" LCD and a 32" LCD for watching video. I'd like a video card with 2xDVI and 1 regular HDMI port

Parts List:

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock - $99.99
I LOVE this case, its got awesome features, sleek lines, and its not too flashy

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V ... - $94.99
i want a modular power supply for good cable management. i figured rosewill's PSU and Case will go well together

MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - $169.99(139.99 w/ rebate)
I want a board with the z68 chipset for OverClocking and video incase i have a discrete graphics card failure, plus i need a board with USB 3 headers for my case

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... - $219.99
I might go with the i7-2600k if i can keep the machine under $1200

COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler - $44.99
this cooler seems like a decent one but I'm very open to suggestion here

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B - $85.99
this is the only 16GB dual channel kit newegg has

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $144.99
it seems like this card would be all i need

SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $129.99
I really want a ssd for my boot drive, i have 2x 1tb sata II drives that will also go in this machine

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support - $53.99

The above puts me at $1,044.91

what suggestions do you have regarding the above parts, any changes i should make.

has anyone ever used the thermal compound that comes with CM heatsinks?
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  1. Looks pretty good. Couple things:

    My eyes popped out when I saw the Hyper 612 cooler. I didn't know there was a 612. All the cool kids are getting 212s :D

    The HD 6850 will outperform the GTX 550 Ti at the same price [1][2].

    That's more power supply than you need. I've been pushing this all day; it's a fantastic deal at $30 and still more than enough power (I have a similar system, 2600k @ 4.6 GHz and GTX 460, and completely maxed out with Folding@Home and Furmark, it tops out around 330 W).
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