First build, need budgeting + part advice ($1,200)

I am making my first build (Gaming + programming games + modding games), with a $1,200 budget that I hope not to hit. Sadly, I've hit it already. I've gone over. And I've done way too much research on the parts. I am overclocking, and curious if I should switch to water cooling. And I didn't do much research on the ram... And I'm wondering if there are any bad parts that I've decided on. Also getting everything from newegg.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K - $230

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 560 - $170

Mobo: Maximus V Gene - $200

Ram: 2 x 8Gb Corsair Vengeance Ram - $90
Haven't seen many people use this - is there something better, cheaper?

PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold - $140

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $110

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $60

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit OEM - $140

DVD/CD Burner/Reader: Asus 24X DVD/CD Burner - $20

Monitor: Acer G215 21.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor - $120
Not absolutely required unless DVI can't convert to D-Sub/VGA (old samsung monitor in my basement.. maybe I should upgrade anyway)
This monitor is weird. Acer states the monitor has a 600:1 contrast ratio, and newegg states it has ACM 20,000:1 contrast ratio. What is the difference?

+ $82 for fans

Subtotal: $1,382
Shipping: $32
Warranties: $65

I plan on gaming with this computer, and overclocking.. I hope I can game on max or almost max, like 4 out of 5 or something on settings.

After all of these parts I think I may have picked a bad part or two... and I would also like some budgeting advice, parts I could switch out for cheaper, etc. Under $1,000 would be great, but $1,200 is fine, and also my max.

Intel is also a must, cause then I won't have to upgrade again in a few years, or, if we're lucky, before quantum computing is released to the last 99.999% of the population.

I'd also prefer to keep the cpu and case... I'm fine with changing other stuff...
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  1. ill send you my parts list later on. dont have a proper computer ATM
  2. I'm thinking of switching to radeon, any ideas for about the same speed as a 560? Cause it looks like it'll be cheaper...
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