First gaming pc build, need some opinions

hi, just found this awesome page and since im planning on building my own pc for the first time i would love some advice!

Approximate Purchase Date: first two weeks of february 2012

Budget Range: max. 1300

System Usage : i mainly want to build this for gaming, want to be able to play all current games (like bf3) on max (60fps if possible with my budget)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, os, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: since i live in austria i cant use ncix or newegg so i use a site called
one finds pretty much everything newegg has at the same price there

Country: Austria, plan on getting my parts from germany

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: i kinda prefer intel for cpu's and nvidia for grafics

Overclocking: right now no, maybe later

SLI or Crossfire: im new to pc building so if there are advantages and its not too complicated: yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i dont want my pc to be too loud but it doesnt have to be super silent...also if it looks nice good...if it doesnt-->not that big of a deal...

i just put together a pc by myself and would like your opinion on it, does the build make sense or do i need more power, better cpu, better gpu, more cooling, should i replace parts with better parts (cheaper but still same or better performance?)?

Graphics-card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 3GB; (the links are to a german site but the only thing you need is to click on "mehr info" to get all the details)

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K

RAM: G.Skill DIMM 8 GB DDR3-1333 Kit

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I

Optical Drive: LiteOn iHAS624


Hard Drive: Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1 TB

monitor: **this is not included in the 1300 € budget** i have no idea what monitor to get right now, a friend of mine has told me to buy a 3d monitor since its really good for watching 3d movies and you guys have any recommendations on monitors?

Thats it for the parts, now some explanation as to why i choose certain parts.

Cpu: because i heard an 2500k is the best you can get for your money and is enough to play all games on max

gpu: im not sure about this one, i just wanted to make sure to be able to play everything on max and the 580 with 3gb seemed the best choice...would a 560ti sli be better? (2x 560ti would be 400-500€)
another question: how much does the capacity of the card matter, i heard people with only 1 gb graphics cards ran into massive CTD problems when they played heavily modded games like skyrim with 4k resolution mods.

ram: i think 8 should be enough?

psu: do i need more? less? i want to be able to upgrade in the future without the need to change it.

mobo: i choose this one despite the fact it being so expensive because i wanted to be able to upgrade in the future. is this a good choice? do we know if intels and nvidias nextgen products will be backwards compatible with this?

case: is this a reasonable case or should i look for another one?

alright i know this is really long but i would really appreciate some help here. thanks in advance :D
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  1. It looks good to me :) but I would get an SSD too... at least for your OS and a few apps.
  2. yea i thought about an ssd but are they worth it right now since they are pretty pricey...?
  3. I would invest in one. I actually am doing pretty much the same thing as you right now and building a new PC(minus a few old parts). Everything i have read lead me to belive a SSD is the right choice. You should at least get a small one. This is what I'm getting and its only $89.99
    OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  4. ah alright thanks :) i guess ill get that one then! are you using a gtx 580 in your build because right now im thinking about getting 2x 560ti which would cost less but perform better...then again i would be able to upgrade my pc that easily.....ugh i dont know what to dooooo^^
  5. I am actually going a little cheaper route then you but I am putting a single GTX 560ti 448 core card in mine. I read an article in MAXIMUMPC about these cards and they did benchmarking comparing the GTX 560ti twin froza, EVGA GTX 570, EVGA GTX 560ti 448 core, and Raideon 6950 I think. Anyway, the GTX 560ti 448 core was neck-and-neck with the GTX 570. It was getting better FPS in some games and tailing the 570 in others. This card is a little bit more expensive then the basic GTX 560ti but it runs a bit better. I would have gone after the EVGA 448 core, but the ZOTAC one I am getting has a free copy of Battlefeild 3 in the box. I know you are paying with the euro so I am guessing it is a bit more expensive over there but it still shouldn’t be that far off the basic 560ti

    ZOTAC ZT-50313-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $299.99
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