Looks pretty good. Only a couple of things I'd consider differently is the Case and Mobo.
* I believe the Zalman Z9 Plus uses passthru cables for the USB 3.0 ports, which means you have to plug in the USB 3.0 cables into the back of your motherboard (which uses up 2 x USB ports on the back). I'd prefer to use a case that uses the onboard USB 3.0 port on the Asus M5A97 R2.0 Mobo (~$10 more). This would free up your available USB 3.0 backside ports for whatever you want.
* A comparable case, that uses the front USB 3.0 ports would be:
Antec GX 700 4X5.25 5X3.5IN/2.5IN Fan Controller 2X140MM 1X120MM Military Style Gaming Computer Case
So the total w/Mobo change and Case change would be about $15 more, otherwise I like the build. Just my 2 cents
Yeah I used to recommend the Zalman z5 Plus and the z9 plus and ran into a video one day that showed the USB pass thru cables, so now I try and avoid them just for that issue. I'm pretty picky on what I suggest for certain reasons, but obviously it all depends on the budget. Some cheaper cases only use 1 x USB 3.0 front ports, so I try not to use those, but there are cases where it's helpful to have at least 1 x front USB 3.0 port instead on none
I also do that too. There are new things coming out all the time and I don't always see the best options on any given day, so I'm continually learning new things. I still have my favorites, but there is always things to learn from others