I'll also be getting a nice $300 check in a few weeks for some work I'll be doing (it's essentially free money since it's not really work), not sure if I should put it towards another vid card or a SSD boot drive...
1- I would change the mobo for one wiwth USB 30. and SATA III, something like this, is more cheap and more better.
2- This is a very good cooler, and more cheap that the V8.
3- For the HDD, the spinpoint is very good, but is unavailable, so, this is another good option.
4- IMO the case is expensive, take a look of the Antec 300.
5- For RAM, i would get the 1st option.
usb 3.0 isn't essential for me, and the ROG motherboard has the features and software I'm looking for. if they had a newer generation one with sata3 and usb3 I'd get that one, but they currently don't. perhaps the rampage 3 extreme will be out by the time I purchase.
I'm not really looking for cheap, and I think the v8 would be a better cooler than that one since it has more heat-pipes and a larger surface area.
I don't trust the seagate brand, they've had lots of problems recently with data retention, so I'll stick to WD or samsung.
again, not looking for a cheap case, I want something that will provide good airflow and cooling. the movable front fans on the 902 I think provide that.