Advice on potential upgrade / Should I wait?

I am in the market to upgrade (well, really build a new PC with my current case, HDD and optical drives). I have compiled a list of items after reading through the builder's marathons and other articles. Is there anything in the list that could be swapped for another better item or money to be saved? My budget is obvious as little as possible while retaining as much quality/performance as possible, though my max is ~$1000. This will be a gaming machine and will not be used for anything else.

My current shopping list is as follows...

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115224

Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104190

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116762

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU Heatsink and Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065


----OR----

Should I wait until more LGA1155 motherboards are available and get an i7-2600K? These seem to be very strong CPUs but motherboards are very limited currently and they are only in their 1st gen.


This will be my first post in a very long time and I have been out of the PC building loop for quite some time, so I apologize in advance for sounding a bit daft.

Thanks in advance!


[edited to fix urls]
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  1. Oh! I forgot to add that I have a 1GB GTX460 that I will be using and probably adding another in the future.
  2. Wait: (Note - the SB links are expired .... for now)

    PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003.
    MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $110 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $130 - Matching GTX 460 Same as what you got
    OS - $130 - Win 7-64 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758

    $906

    The Black is a big step up from the TX

    The Scythe Mugen 2 is a big step up from the 212
  3. I would go with the Asus Sabertooth board. It have a 5 year warranty and is kick ass.
  4. You should wait until the i5-2500K is back. Also, look at aznshinobi's builds: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
  5. I will be waiting then for the i5-2500K, but I am curious as to whether or not I should get the 8GB of dual channel ram or opt for the 6GB of triple channel ram.
  6. Triple Channel only works with the i7-9XX series CPUs (LGA 1366 socket on X58 motherboards). Running 3 sticks (instead of 2 or 4) will reduce performance on a non-X58 build.

    Get the 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9. Faster than that is overkill (that's why I got it) and 8GB is already overkill--but so cheap it's hard not to get it. I mean Newegg has the 8GB G.Skill kit for $75!
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