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1000$ Gaming pc, first time build. How can I improve my spending?

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I am interested in building myself a gaming pc, for 1000$. It will be used only for gaming, and I play games such as: Skyrim, WoW, Borderlands 2, Total War: Shogan II, Dragon Age (most often RPG's and strategy games, rarely FPS's). I have done a few hours of research and assembled a list of parts that I thought were reasonable. I am hoping to get help figuring out which parts I should spend more or less on, as well as better options for what I want to do.

I have windows, a monitor (1920x1080), keyboard and mouse and I live in Canada.

Here is what I have picked so far:

I do not have a preference between intel and AMD, however I am interested in overclocking and any supplementary components that would involve.
Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115233


ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

No preference between Nvidia and Radeon.
EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445


The tower will sit under my desk, with walls relatively close. Noise is not a big issue, as I will have a headset on.
Rosewill ARMOR-EVO Gaming E-ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX, come with Six Fans-2x Front Red LED 120mm Fan, 2x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Side 230mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147175

Like I said, all I am using this for is gaming and my gaming library is about 180GB.
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX 300GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136929

I was not planning on including this in the original build as it breaks my budget, however I would like to keep the option of a SSD upgrade in the future, possible. It would only store my OS.
ADATA Premier Pro SP900 ASP900S3-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211601

I don't need my PSU to be overtly efficient with it's consumption.
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204



If there is anything I'm missing, please let me know.

Thanks!
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.50 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Memory Express)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.00 @ Canada Computers)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.72 @ DirectCanada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $1007.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 22:25 EST-0500)
  2. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/IvNy
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/IvNy/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/IvNy/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($38.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.72 @ DirectCanada)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $976.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 04:13 EST-0500)
  3. bodeen2012 said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/IvNy
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/IvNy/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/IvNy/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($226.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($38.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.72 @ DirectCanada)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $976.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 04:13 EST-0500)


    if you are going for a 3570k, get an asrock extreme 4, it has one of the best overclocks
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