the raidmax tower i have has a 500W power supply with it, which is enough to power the gtx 460. is the power supply in this model not very reliable? if i keep my current tower and psu then i save $80 that can either be saved or spent elsewhere.
I agree with coldsleep's build.. however I am partial to the Samsung 1TB ( i don't rcomend any drives higher they jst are not reliable above 1TB imo) i am unfamiliar with zotac brand so I cannot comment.. also I am partial to the haf 922 case which is about the same price. Everything else from coldsleep looks great if you plan to overclock, you will want to use an aftermarket cooler though.. like the Hyper 212+
is there a big difference between the 760 and 750 to justify the extra 10-15 dollars. also, i don't need the best p55 mobo around, i'm aiming for medium-medium high that is focused on graphics and not computing power. games don't stress your cpu nearly as much as your cpu. this is probably the weakest part of my knowledge is good cpu/mobo combo and the compatible RAM.
Clearly I forgot something when I was adding, what with being in a rush to get out the door. Perhaps the motherboard.
-$10 switch CPU to the i5-750
-$35 switch mobo to ASRock P55 Extreme4 - 8x/8x, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s
or -$60 for this Gigabyte P55 USB3 - no SATA 6.0 Gb/s, but USB 3.0 is probably more important overall.
Could go with a cheaper case/PSU, though the above gets you below $1100, in theory.
I'd recommend against going with the last-gen tech that was originally being considered. Needing the monitor makes it hard to get any powerful build under $1000. It can be done, but it would require switching to an AMD build, which the OP indicated being against.