After doing tons of research and getting help from people in the forums here at TH I have narrowed my choices down to two, with minor but I deem significant differences. I am still open to opinions/suggestions as I have not bought anything yet.
I have a 1TB WD Caviar Green drive I have from an external enclosure that I will be throwing into the case as well for added storage.
If you could please look over and suggest which one is a better "bang for the buck" that would be greatly appreciated. Like I said, there are a few but major differences in the build such as RAM and GPU and HDD/SSD.
Also, I am open for suggestions for replacement parts or a total new build along the same guidelines as these above. I am not trying to spend more than $1500-1600.
Use your green drive for data. I hear good things about the ripjaws.
As for the video cards, flip a coin. the 5870 will obviously be faster, but is it $70 faster? Plus that particular card seems to have some negative reviews lately, could be a bad batch. When someone says, "large paperweight" I tend to take notice.