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~$1400-1500 build (want to cut cost w/o losing performence)

Hi, I'm building my first Gaming PC and I'm trying to make it as powerful future-proof as possible for as cheap as possible. I know its a pretty tall order for a first timer but thanks in advance!!!
[current specs and price]
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 570 *SLI ~$680 for both
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130621&nm_mc=OTC-Channel&cm_mmc=OTC-channel-_-Video+Cards-_-EVGA-_-14130621&srccode=cii_7240466&cpncode=33-2248947&DEPA=0&refer=channel&CMP=OTC-

CPU: Intel i5-2500k 3.3ghz ~$225
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BOX80623I52500K-Core-i5-2500K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXHQ

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 ~$150
http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3-Intel-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B005484N9W/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1325728758&sr=1-1

Power supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt~$135
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Compatible-platforms/dp/B004MYFODS/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1325730058&sr=1-2

Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ~$25
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0

RAM: G. SKILL Ripjaw series~$80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231309

HD: Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Green ~$118
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Intellipower-Desktop-WD15EARS/dp/B002ZCXJZE/ref=pd_ts_pc_1254762011_2?pf_rd_p=1309560062&pf_rd_s=right-10&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=193870011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0C4DHBGEJ7HWPFYJF21K

CD: not really important ~$20

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 midtower ATX
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Intellipower-Desktop-WD15EARS/dp/B002ZCXJZE/ref=pd_ts_pc_1254762011_2?pf_rd_p=1309560062&pf_rd_s=right-10&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=193870011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0C4DHBGEJ7HWPFYJF21K

Again Thanks!
PS: Feel free to offer alternatives
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  1. Best answer
    MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    CPU : I5 2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    RAM : Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
    HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    GPU : HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161399
    PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139029
    CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240
    CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    TOTAL : $1,407.90 and 1363$ after rebates.
    You can buy in your budget an SSD for OS Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441 80$
  2. I think you may be happier and have an easier time with the GPU/PSU setup suggested above. Pretty good recommendations by sosofm.
  3. i second the motion
  4. $1327 before rebates. Note: This uses a WD Black so if you dropped to a blue you would save money as well since there is an SSD in the mix. And, if you don;t want to OC then go with the i5-2400 for equal un-OC'd performance and save about $35-$40 more

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  5. http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1315

    i5 2500K for $199, they might even match Microcenter's $179.99
  6. thanks all for the recommendations I'm definatley taking them into account for the final build thanks!
  7. Best answer selected by Redgirraffe.
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