1. Im thinking about using an ivy bridge core i5 proc but im not sure if the listed motherboard supports ivy bridge. The procs are the same price but im not sure about the motherboard.
If it's a Z68 chipset, allegedly they should work with Ivy Bridge with a BIOS update. But the safest bet is no, get a Z77.
2. What are your opinions / advice on the GPU? I prefer nvidia over ati but i havent been keeping up on all the versions to know where this video card stands. Willl i be able to run those 2 games on high quality or just medium?
A GeForce GTX 560 Ti should suffice here then.
You want one? I have two and I'm trying to pawn one off for $150 to offset the cost of a future upgrade.[/shameless plug]