I'm getting a gtx 680 + 17 2700k, my friend has the same build and he gets really high fps in pretty much every game he plays (60-130fps, sometimes even higher). I am unsure weather to get a 60hz or 120hz monitor. I heard 120hz pretty much erases screen tearing when you get higher fps. (like 70-120) The only thing is, I have a budget of 2.4k and I already have $2138 towards my actual pc. Could someone help me find an 120hz 24" with hdmi that doesn't go over my budget? Preferably one that is in the $200 dollar range.
The primary difference between the Core i5 and i7 is that the i7 has Hyper Threading (HT). Games do not make use of HT so getting an i7 for a pure gaming PC would have been a waste of some money. So it's a good thing you decided to go with an i5.