Need suggestions on i5-2500k gaming build

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OK so I am building a new computer. Heres what I am trying to get to.


Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: August 31,2011

Budget Range: 1300 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA, Michigan

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel & Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes never did it before but willing to try.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Trying to keep it as future proofed as possible, quiet, and cool.

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This is what I am questioning.

i5-2500k & ASUS P8P67 PRO 3.0 REV

ASUS GTX 570

This is what I have already bought.

NZXT Phantom WHITE

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

WINDOWS 7 Home Premium 64-bit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065] CM Hyper 212+

Corsair HX850 PSU Modular

Spinpoint F3

SO basically I am having my doubts on the mobo and on the graphics card. The graphics card is a monster from the devil him self= HUGE. Also I heard the graphics card isnt that great of an overclocker. A lot of people having trouble with the voltage.The mobo I have heard a lot of people saying its a great board and others saying avoid it at all cost. The reviews are kind of in between.

I have about $750 left for MOBO CPU and GPU
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or ideas you guys can give me.
 
Here's a board that just came out a few days ago and has the NF200 Bridge which allows you to run cards @ x16 & x16 not to mention it's has the PCI-E 3.0 slots that will be supported by Ivy Bridge.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269 $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme7%20Gen3 <---- A better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/index.html <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Intel Ivy Bridge due out next spring

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995-15.html <---- this review done last week shows that boards with the NF200 bridge do help to reduce micro stutter in regards to SLI.
 

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I have actually been look at that board and the fat1 board brings me down off this board because,

Doesn't give the 3 year warranty standard.

Only one x16 3.0 pcie lane for future proofing.

Also heard the BIOS is buggy


 

Only one x16 slot is PCI-E 3.0 supported? That's not what it shows on the Asrock site.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- here

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImage=13-157-269-TS&SpinSet=13-157-269-RS&ISList=13-157-269-Z01%2c13-157-269-Z02%2c13-157-269-Z03%2c13-157-269-Z04%2c13-157-269-Z05&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16813157269&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=ASRock%20Z68%20Extreme7%20Gen3%20LGA%201155%20Intel%20Z68%20HDMI%20SATA%206Gb%2fs%20USB%203.0%20ATX%20Intel%20Motherboard <----- Now zoom in on this pic.