New mid-range gaming PC

Just got my income taxes back and I'm woefully overdue for a computer upgrade.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: ($1000-1100) After Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: I will be reusing an optical drive and Corsair GS 700 power supply, everything else will be new

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com

Parts Preferences: more familiar with Intel and Geforce but not adverse to using Radeon

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No


I put this together and wanted to get some feedback on the components, hopefully I'm not missing anything obvious:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($296.88 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1080.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 10:48 EST-0500)

The only thing I was really unsure about was the video card, there are just so many options to choose from right now. Thanks in advance guys!
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  1. Swap that CPU cooler for a Xigmatek Gaia if you want to save a few dollars...
    Radeon HD 7870 XT will be a better choice and it is a lot more cheaper than GTX 660 Ti... and it can perform almost better than GTX660 Ti...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930-benchmark,3401.html
    and also swap that SSD out for this if you want to...
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-internal-hard-drive-px128m5s
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($380.04 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1069.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 11:12 EST-0500)
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1072.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 11:14 EST-0500)
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