Budget BitFenix Build

I'm looking to do my first PC build in the near future. Although not new to PC gaming I'm finding the research involved in building a PC to be a bit confusing. I was wondering if I could get any insight on how my parts list is doing so far? I would like to keep it in the $500-$1000 range. That being said I feel like the CPU and Motherboard might be a little overkill for me. I'm not looking to overclock really, I don't have much experience in that aspect. However I would like to get a cooling unit for the CPU. This machine would be used for strictly gaming, I might add another HDD to dual boot another OS in the future. I'm not looking to play everything on Ultra, i play mostly MMO's (Guild Wars 2, WoW, FFXI, FFXIV), occasional FPS and Skyrim. Below is what I have so far:

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[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k]Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77ideluxe]Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)

[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-997007]Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory[/url] ($52.98 @ Outlet PC)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($76.97 @ Outlet PC)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-internal-hard-drive-sh103s3120g]Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($105.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdfc]XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card[/url] ($232.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/bitfenix-case-bfcpro300rrxkrrp]BitFenix Prodigy (Red) Mini ITX Tower Case[/url] ($104.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Total:[/b] $943.87
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I appreciate any input, I'm new too this so if I made any mistakes in matching components please let me know. Thank You.

If you aren't overclocking, you are definitely overspending.

This is what I threw together.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EuSx

I went with the regular 3570 since it's cheaper, and otherwise the same if you aren't overclocking. I went with Gigabyte board for reliability, plus WiFi, not to mention price. As for the memory, you really don't notice any difference in performance after 1600 with intel chips due to the integrated memory controller, so I grabbed some with lower latency. While the HyperX 3K is good, I think the Plextor carries a better value, while still remaining quite speedy, and reliable (it's basically a Crucial M4 with 256MB of DDR cahce added). With this build, I managed to cut costs bit and tack on a CPU cooler, which is silent, and doesn't look bad.

Great ideas, I appreciate the help. What would recommend for a PSU? I realized I forgot to mention that.

You can opt to change the Gigabyte 7870 Ghz edition to http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354xtl.  The Sapphire card is $10 more expensive, slightly quieter than the ASUS model and performs very well for it's price given the fact it uses a Tahiti LE chip rather than a Pictarin based on.  In short you're spending $250 for a card that with some overclocking performs as well as a stock 7950 (non boost) and a stock GTX 660ti.  Best card in it's price range.

In terms of PSUs you can opt for the

Seasonic Modular PSU

- M12II 520 -http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/superbiiz/seasonic-power-supply-m12ii520bronze

- M12II 620 - http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/superbiiz/seasonic-power-supply-m12ii620bronze

I agree with the Seasonics. I intentionally left out the PSU because I assumed you were re-using one. Ooops.

Decided to spend a little more to give the overclocking a try. I want something that will last.  What do you guys think? 

[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ETet]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ETet/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ETet/benchmarks/]Benchmarks[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k]Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-cwch100]Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler[/url] ($105.91 @ Amazon)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77ideluxe]Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c10d16gab]G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory[/url] ($90.00 @ Newegg)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($76.82 @ Amazon)
[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-internal-hard-drive-sh103s3120g]Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($109.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acdbc]XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card[/url] ($239.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/bitfenix-case-bfcpro300kkxskrp]BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case[/url] ($104.98 @ Newegg)
[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12ii620bronze]SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
[b]Total:[/b] $1184.63
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I'd see if you can find a Radeon 7870 Tahiti LE. They don't really have an officialy designation that I know of, but can usually be spotted by the shader count, or clock speed. (7870's have 1280 shaders at 1GHz+, while the Tahiti LE's have 1536 sharders at 925MHz).

If not, the 7870 is fine. The build looks good.