Where can I save money and not downgrade my system?

Here was my first build: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/381000-31-will-build-good#t2878278
Complete crap, now Ive gotten a lot of advice from people and still really dont know where to go.

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99

Motherboard MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 $117.86

Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $44.99

Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.99

Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB $239.99

Case Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower $74.98

Power Supply Silverstone 600W ATX12V / EPS12V $64.64

Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $24.98

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98
Total: $957.40
This is the more expensive build and its actually close to $1000 thanks to that damn rebate stuff on pc picker

Second build around $900 almost the same parts but I question the PSU and Mobo

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $219.99

Motherboard ASRock Z77 Performance ATX LGA1155 $119.99

Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $44.99

Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.99

Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB $209.99

Case Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower $74.98

Power Supply Raidmax 530W ATX12V / EPS12V $35.21

Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $24.98

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98
Total: Around $900

Any suggestions on less pricey parts? This computer will be upgraded over time once I get a job after wrestling, but I would prefer having nice parts for the meantime. I will be using steam and playing games Like Arma 2, Dayz, Blacklight Retribution, Skyrim, DCS-A10, Microsoft flight sims, and maybe a few mmos, ect. I would like to see more than 40fps on high to max settings if possible. This is asking a lot but where can I save if I can, and are there less sketchy parts for the same price (based on newegg reviews)? Like the name says, I'm a complete newbie on this stuff and dont know the best companys yet, and is a cpu cooler really needed? I know for overclocking and stuff its essential, but is it needed for the factory overclocked version? Thanks for looking this over and the advice.
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  1. Neither of the PSU's are good. Switch with something from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

    Both builds look good other than that. You can get a 7870 for the same as that gtx660 and it will be decently more powerful.

    Do you plan to overclock the CPU?
  2. Crap.....and I was originally all for the 7870, but the Project shield caught my eye hahah, and it suggests a 650 or higher and I've heard that the Nvidia cards are more accepted in most games. Overclocking will be a yes after I find the time and figure out how to do it, it does come pre clocked right? So I think that sould hold me over.
  3. The 7870 will be better than the gtx660. That's just a given.
    The CPU comes at stock clock speed. You raise it manually from there.

    Also, a gtx650 is a very budget card and is worse than a 7770 by a considerable amount. On your budget I would strongly recommend the 7870. I have one and I love it.
  4. Then whats the difference between the 3570, and 3570K? The site says the 3570K is faster then the plain 3570. If thats not true I could save a bit there. Can the stock 3570 reach as high as a overclocked 3570K?
  5. The 3570 cannot be overclocked. Only "k" series CPU's can be overclocked.
  6. Im starting to hate computers, which 7870 brand is the best? MSI? Or Asus or something else?
  7. I have the gigabyte and I really like it. It stays SUPER cool and overclocks well.
  8. I think I'm going to go with the PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card, no bad reviews at all and its a great price, and the psu is now a Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply. Hoping that should do it
  9. It will be perfectly fine. The 7870 will suck 312w MAX under full 100% load. You could grab the cx600 to give yourself more room when you overclock the CPU/GPU.
  10. Your not going to make that build much cheaper without losing a lot of performance as a result.
    You can step down for a K series cpu to the non-k if your sure you will never OC.

    Also as long as your case has front, rear, and top fans you should be fine with the stock intel cooler. However even a 30 dollar one is WAY better and highly recommended, especially if you do get a K series Intel.

    Also you can get a cheaper motherboard. A motherboard with a H77 chipset should save you about 40-50 bucks.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302
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