New Years Build! Looking for wisdom.

Howdy,

I will start by saying I haven't built a system in at least 6 years. I used to do it a lot but then I had kids. I am looking to build a quality system on a budget. I would like to build in some future proofing (as futile as it may be). I am looking at z77, crossfire/sli compatible (for future use), over-clocking compatible (again not now but in the future perhaps), and USB 3.0. There is actually a very low chance I would ever over-clock as I have never done it before but I thought having the option might help future proof the system a bit. Maybe I am wrong. I also didn't include the parts I already have. (additional storage, monitors, keyboard, mouse)

Primary uses: Gaming - League of Legends, Civ V, Battlefield, anything that goes on sale via Steam.
Secondary uses: Then all the usual, web browsing, email, Microsoft office, making YouTube videos, etc.

My build so far:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.67 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.48 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cougar SolutionAF-2 (Green/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.14 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.25 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1032.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 05:47 EST-0500)

Overall I am happy were the price is. What I need help with is whether or not everything is optimal for its price range? Are these quality parts? Am I spending money in the right places? Please share your wisdom with me. I am not up to date on my hardware. I spent a couple days researching and making this list but I need you pros to give it a once over before I bust out the credit card.

Thanks for taking the time to look it over, even if you don't respond.
Mike
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  1. Nice build, but if your budget allows, go for radeon 7870.
    Other than that, all looks good.
  2. Agreed. Good build. Impressive stuff if you've been out of the loop so long especially considering some of the shambles builds coming from long time members.
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