Hi, yes everything is compatible, and yes I can improve it
Video card. No the GTX 680 is not worth the price it commands. The GTX 680 only barely outperforms the GTX 670 (like 4-6 percent ish), and costs a substantial amount more. For the price, you're better off with a GTX 670, or going halfway between the two and get a 7970 GHZ edition that outperforms both of them.
-That monitor you're looking at is honestly kind of cheap for everything else (The resolution is not that impressive, especially when you're looking at such a high dollar video card, you might be better off going cheaper on the video card to get a better monitor, theres no reason you shouldn't be going for 1080p at your price range) We can discuss options for that after you reply to this post.
A very good list.
Is the GTX680 worth it?. Only YOU can determine that.
It is $100 more than a GTX670, and the performance may be close.
If $100 is not that important to you, buy the GTX680. If you don't, you will forever be wondering if you did the best thing for a top build.
To save a bit, you can use ANY Z77 based motherboard. They are all good, and will OC reasonably well.
You may give up sli capability, but your PSU wil not handle sli either.
Other features for oc enthusiasts are probably not needed either.
As a preference, I would use Intel 330, or Samsung 830 for the ssd; they seem to be more trouble free.
Is there some feature of windows 7 professional that you need? For the home user, the answer is usually no.
If there is one place to bust your budget it would be on a great monitor.
You will be looking at it for a long time. 24" or better.
I figured the FSP probably was a good brand, but as another fellow pointed out, not very well known it would seem. Something just told me based on the price, nobody charges that much for a turd in a box. Thanks for the link jtt.
This build looks good. I am quite the newbie though so I'm not the best judge. My only suggestion is to go with the $100 Intel SSD on newegg.com..I have been told (without understanding why) that Intel is a little further ahead of the competition on SSD drives, for now. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...