SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, 24" Asus Monitor, Windows 7
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com or zipzoomfly)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200
I am in the exact same boat. I am also going to be buying Windows 7, probably home, and will most likely opt out of the SSd all together. Still, even with MicroCenter's i7 combo deal, this adds up to 200 dollars over budget.
Those OCZ sticks have had a lot of problems with compatibility with many boards. There's a reason they're so cheap.
I think that the extra $15 is worth USB 3/SATA III support on the board.
And Microcenter prices only matter if you're near one.
I would wait to buy a SSD. You could get a small one, but that wouldn't be very useful, as it would only hold the OS and maybe one game. Besides, SSDs are still new tech and have some issues to work out. If you wait, by the end of the year, you could probably get a fairly large one for under $200.
I agree both on the USB3/SATA3 point and the OCZ RAM point. I figured if they were bundling it, I could always go to them if I had a problem (I do live 15 minutes from a Microcenter).
The SSD is not intended for this $1000 build. It was more of an FYI. I was thinking of retrofitting an older XP machine with the x25V that already has a discrete storage drive.
The biggest issue with the configuration you have is that you are missing the case and the OS. I am going to have to get W7 for about 90 bux from some online retailer and probably the 45 dollar Antec 300 from Microcenter.