Budget Gaming Build Advice Request - I have partial build

Hey everyone, and thanks for helping in advance.

I have recently acquired some parts for a new gaming rig -- these are all new parts and still in their boxes -- an acquaintance recently began to build a gaming rig, then was given a complete rig so I got the following parts at a substantial discount:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $379.96
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-10 15:56 EDT-0400)

I am looking for a nice CPU - Mainboard - RAM combination that would complement the case, PS and video card that I have sitting in my den. As the case is SSD ready I sure wouldnt mind some advice on an SSD and of course I do need a HD. Oh yeah, can I use a wireless card or do I need to connect directly to a wire for optimal gaming?

Approximate Purchase Date: the next 10-15 days

Budget Range: Under $600, before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light photo and video editing, simple renderings

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Video Card, Case, Power Supply, Monitor, O/S

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: an reputable online store. I have no access to a MicroCenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: ?? Pretty Flexible, I am not sure how powerful this video card is, or how capable the power supply might be.

Overclocking: Maybe - probably as the video card is overclock capable.

SLI or Crossfire: Not right now.. maybe eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I am interested in playing Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Skyrim, Eve Online and occasionally log onto my EQ account as it is now Free 2 Play. I plan on learning how to use blender in the next several months and do use moderately complicated spreadsheets and matlab calculations.

Thanks for any help.. just looking for general guidance. Any simple explanations of why some parts might be preferable would be appreciated. I will update my part list as I get more parts ordered.

Thanks Again!
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  1. i5 2500k-$170
    GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3-$100 when bought w/ i5 2500k@microcenter
    Kingston Hyperx blu 8gb-$45
    10,000 rpm hdd-$230
    120 gb ssd-$150
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    dont listen to the guy above


    this has gone about 30 bucks over 600 dollars but it includes a high performance ssd and a overclockable cpu. if you are not to overclock, get a i5 3550 and a h77-v mtherboard
  3. Yeah, I agree with Big. At your budget, a 120gb SSD makes no sense, especially with a hybrid drive.
  4. Best answer selected by gigarob.
  5. Hey.. sorry it took so long for me to reply.

    Going to the atlanta area next week and gonna drop by a microcenter and pick up the cpu, then order the rest when I get back home.
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