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Another new gaming rig setup!

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Hello people, I'm on my first build and getting close to making my order.
Any thoughts and advice would be quite nice.

Like the title says it's going to be mainly for games. In the future after I get everything settled and learn a some more I'll probably overclock the cpu. My goal is to have a stable system with quality parts capable of being overclocked a bit and performance wise being able to play Battlefield 3 with no problems.

Anyways here my part list so far.

CPU=Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
MB=GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel .
GPU=EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
PSU=CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
RAM=CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CASE=Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I'm gonna throw in my old dvd writer and a couple SATA drives too.

I'll worry about getting the cooling system later, since I don't plan on overclocking right away it should be fine. The ram I picked out seems kinda cheap but I've read some good reviews on Corsair and it has a pretty solid rating on Newegg. As for the 560ti, I know that the R6950 is a bit faster but I had an ATI card die on me a while back and always kinda liked Nvidia. Also I don't plan on using SLI or CrossFire.

I guess I'm still thinking most about the MB choice. I heard the Z68 chipset lets you use more features like the SSD caching, integrated graphics, and quick-sync while still being able to overclock everything. I just don't know if I'm gonna ever need those features or how much a difference I'll see. I'd need a SSD too. Should I get the P67 chipset and save some cash? I really just want to make sure once everything is setup that I can get into my bios and not go through complete hell when I try to overclock. Let me know what you guys think!
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If you're not planning on using an SSD then I'd go for a P67 and save yourself some cash, like you said.
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