Need advice on gaming build, $1500-2000 budget

Approximate Purchase Date: I most likely won't be able to purchase it until may or june :(

Budget Range: $1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, listening to music ( I want to get the best sound quality I can, I'm currently using Sennheiser hd 598's) , surfing the internet

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere's fine but I'd prefer

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No real preference right now, I'm still new to this so I don't know much about brands

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: This is what I have so far, what do you think? any improvements that can be made? is there anyway I can significantly lower the price without significantly lowering performance, if that makes sense. I'd like to get the price down to around $1500 if that's possible, is water cooling a good idea?

Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

((Which do you think would be best?

LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Logitech MK320 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop (any gaming keyboard, mouse recommendations?)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card

D-Link DWA-556 PCI Express Xtreme Desktop Adapter (anything better?)

Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B 3 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler

ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI

(I want an ips, led monitor but from what I know these are normally pretty expensive which is why I'm confused at the price of these monitors, what do you think?)
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  1. Get from microcenter and you'll save a bundle. The i5 is $180 and they give $50 off the mobo with an i5. The GPU is good, but if can, you can crossfire 2 6870s which will be better than the 6970 at about $400.
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