Advice on my $1200 gaming build?

Planning to build my first gaming rig, been shopping/learning for a couple weeks, and have kind of narrowed it down to the following parts. Am I missing anything here? Does this all look compatible/viable? Any other suggestions you'd care to make?

Also, if you'd like to let me know of any extras (eg, Cables, etc) that I need to buy, that would be very helpful!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks.
Budget Range: $1200.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (D3, Skyrim, etc), internet, movie-watching.
Parts Not Required: I've already bought the PSU, optical drive, SSD, and HDD listed below (got them on sale last week). Do not need KB or Mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX.
Country: United States of America.
Parts Preferences: Intel 1155 Socket CPU, Nvidia GPU.
Overclocking: Maybe.
SLI or Crossfire: Later.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080.
Additional Comments: This will be my first build, and my first non-Dell/Gateway, etc computer.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1229.73
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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  1. Drop the MOBO to a Z68 Extreme3. The Z77 board is useless on an IB CPU.
  2. i suggest these PC component
    i5-3570K 220$
    gigabyte z77 G1 sniper m3 or asus z77-maximus v gene 180$ but if you want something cheaper asrock z77 extreme is the best choice for 140$
    560ti is the best nvidia available for 210$ but do you want something much more efficient and faster try radeon 7850
    1tb seagate 7200(not LP 5900 version) is faster than Hitachi
  3. If you arent worried about noise why dont you buy a GTX 480 instead?They cost around 200 $.
  4. azeem40 said:
    Drop the MOBO to a Z68 Extreme3. The Z77 board is useless on an IB CPU.

    Isn't the CPU I posted a Sandy Bridge CPU, and not IB?

    Thanks for your response.
  5. Kamen_BG said:
    If you arent worried about noise why dont you buy a GTX 480 instead?They cost around 200 $.

    Everything I've read has shown the general opinions being that the 560Ti is superior, and that the 480 runs way, way hot and requires a lot of power. Have I misunderstood what I've been reading?
  6. azeem40 said:

    Well, I've already bought the PSU, so I'll use it I reckon. With rebates and sales, it was pretty cheap, so if it doesn't work out I'll just get another, different one when the time comes.
  7. Well, newegg.com has the z77 asrock on sale for $114.00 with a free 1 year extended warranty, so I'll definitely be ordering that tonight.
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