Comments and advice for my first gaming computer build

Hey guys! This is my first post in the forums and I am looking for comments, advice and opinions about my first gaming PC that I am going to build. All comments and advice are highly appreciated.

Here are my components:

mobo: either ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard-$184.99 or ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS-$199.99 (if you know of a better mobo dont hesitate to recommend me -same price range please..$150-$240)

cd rom: LITE-ON Black Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo SATA Model ihes112-04 - OEM -$59.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K -$204.99

Memory : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL(im buying two of these) - $93.98 or $46.99 each

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $109.99 ( I haven't yet added all the power i will need but im positive i have more than enough)

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $189.99 ( again, if anyone knows of a better card within the same price range please do tell me! max is $250)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $99.99

case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $169.99

I also want to stay on a $1,000 or less total not including taxes and shipping unless you think it really is worth it to go the extra couple bucks.. I am new to the PC building world so if anyone spots that any or my components isnt compatible with another please tell me.

that's all I have. sorry if I am typing way too much in the names but I am typing exactly what its called on the website (newegg) Thanks for your help guys! If you think one of my items really isn't needed to be that expensive( i am good with a cheaper one etc..) please tell me. also, if you think i should get anything better than what i have selected please do tell me.

Thanks for the help guys!!!
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  1. ps... I am aware that my total is about $1,173 but i am not counting the case which would bring me down to $103 and thats fine with me. I am willing to spend up to $1,200 not including the case.
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