I JUST purchased almost the same exact system except I am getting an XFX 6950 2 GB and my PSU was also XFX Black Edition 750w. That's the only difference! You should be well under $1200 with that, as you don't need an OS ($100) Everything looks good though...
Freaking MOBO's need to come NOW! Although I did take a chance and ordered what appeared to be an Asus P8P67 Deluxe <b3> MOBO from Amazon when the prices were all screwed up. I even e-mailed the company and they said it was in fact that motherboard. We shall see when it gets here next Friday... if it's wrong I just send it back!
Sorry to hijack your thread...
EDIT: I'm not sure what state you are in, but in NJ, I get charged tax from Newegg. I ended up buying a lot of my stuff from amazon, since it was free shipping and no tax. FYI
I live in Maine but I appreciate the consideration. I almost bought the 6950 to flash it to 6970 like everyone else seems to but I just couldn't justify spending the extra 40 or so dollars it was. Will there really be that big of a difference in performance?
Asus supposedly started shipping their b3 stepping mobos March 1st.
It's whichever your prefer really between the 6950 and the 560. I went back and forth between them both. The extra VRAM seems useful plus I think the 6950 has faster memory. But it will run hotter. And I think it's a little bigger. I'm doing 1080P so I figured the extra RAM would be worth it, lower resolutions are better for the 560. I won't be flashing it to a 6970 because I heard the VRAM timings could brick the card, but I will be unlocking the shaders and overclocking it. Also going with XFX because they have a double lifetime warranty and you can remove the cooler and replace the thermal compound without voiding the warranty.