Building a 2k rig now and a 2k rig in another couple years will give him better performance in the long run for the same price. An i7 930 when OCed will perform just as well as the 980X for only $290, so that knocks $610 off the price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That HDD hotswap rack seems a bit overpriced since many cases have built in hot swap bays, and how often will he be moving the HDD to make it worth an additional $50?
At only 1920x1080 a single GTX 470 should be more than enough, and would leave a chance to add a second down the line if more performance is needed.
I wouldnt pay $25 for a power supply tester, but then again i have a DMM i can use, but the chances of you needing the tester are slim, there are lots of tests that can be done without the tester.
The kingwin lazer isnt too good looking at its jonnyguru review, and is more power than needed for that system. What i would suggest is getting the Antec 1200 with the TP-750 Blue preinstalled and combo it with the windows 7 home premium, ultimate doesnt add much more on and certainly isnt worth double the price, those changes cut another $180 off. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
That delta fan is extremely expensive and only has two reviews, i would go for a fan from scythe or another well known manufacturer instead, and the 4000 RPM rating on that fan means that it will get extremely loud, im sure it pushes a ton of air but do you really want to have a small tornado in the room. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yeah, for the uses mentioned above he could spend a hell of a lot less and still be able to run any software he likes. But ultimately its his decision what to spend.
I would save several hundred by getting a more reasonable CPU like the i7 930. If they wanted they could OC this CPU up to match the clock speed of the 980X or even better.
Why 12GB ram? They'll never get close to using that much. Even if you got rid of the hard drive cache for the SSD, you still wouldn't use that much. Well, I'll leave that alone for now.
OCZ vertex 2 is better
Take some money saved and get a bigger/better monitor,
Why spend $1000 for a CPU then go bargain bin woth your input devices?
MX 518 or comparable mouse.
The Logitech G15 keyboard is on sale $70 free shippiung and $20 MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For me I would get one dvd burner and one blu ray reader. How many blu-rays do you see people burning?
Does he normally build PC's? Because you don't need a PSU tester for one PSU, the BIOS should give you all you need.
Bottom line is you could spend under 2000 and have an amazingly fast and good looking system. But if you have the money for the ultimate...Well its still a waste of money in my book!
Virtually no home users need the additional features of Win 7 Ultimate. I mean, if he really wants it, fine, but there aren't interesting extras like Vista had. All you get is BitLocker and the capability to switch languages. You can do your own encryption with TrueCrypt, or other free encryption tools. I could see wanting the network backup or the XP mode, but you can get those in Win 7 Pro as well.