So I've read a bunch of threads of other i7 2600k builds, but nothing exactly like what I need. Also, this is going to be my first build (finally) so I want to make sure there are no glaring errors in what I'm choosing.
Processor: i7 2600k - I plan to do some OCing, but nothing crazy
MoBo: Asus p8p67 or the p8p67 Deluxe - I think the base model is enough for my needs, but I can't afford to wait any longer. I'm probably taking whatever is available.
Mem: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - I unfortunately need massive amounts of memory. From what I hear things might run better with only 8 GB and it would be cheaper, but I need all I can get.
HDD: Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SSD: Intel X25M 120 GB Solid State Drive. Not sure if I am going to buy this right away or wait for the next gen SSD to arrive
Video Card: MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit - Will eventually buy a second one for 3 monitor setup.
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950 Watt -- Is this overkill? I don't mind leaving myself a little room to grow.
Case: HAF 922
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM ( getting Ultimate for the BitLocker encryption)
Avoid the 768 MB versions of the GTX 460 like the plague. Get a proper 1 GB version. 768 Mb versions are a little restricted. Seriously I would spend the extra as the proper 460's overclock to ridiculous levels (I'm running a nice EVGA one).
PSU = 750 Watts or higher. 1000 Watts is over-kill, but depends on your long term plans.
Memory - increaase it to DDR3 2000 or 2200.
I'm running Team Group DDR3 2000 and very happy with it.
CPU cooler - not sure if you've listed it, if in doubt, I am running a Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B and it's a very well made and fantastic performing cooler. I recommend it highly. Looks intimidating, but works like a charm and installation is a breeze - just take your time with it.
I struggled to find anything over 8 GB where I live, so I went with a 4 GB kit and might increase it later, but really don't need to right now. 1600 MHz will be fine, but if you were buying a smaller sized kit, it would be worth trying to source the higher speed stuff as the price difference is very little - that was my main point - for very little extra you could get 2000 MHz, but it's not really needed.