Mobo: Honestly this is the part i know the least about, Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
GPU: I'm stuck between Radeon HD 6950 2 GB and unlocking it to 6970 or NVIDIA 570 GTX from EVGA, I've never bought an AMD gpu before so not sure which vendor is the best. Willing to dump a considerable amount of money into my GPU so alternatives are welcomed.
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) There's a ton of different kits in this range based off timing/sdram/pc3 clocking so unsure what to do here is it worth getting the 14900?
The Samsung "R" version of their drive has extra error checking and better engineering presumably to make a drive used in a raid configuration more reliable. The latency is 4.14 instead of 4.17 which would make them a tiny bit faster in a benchmark test. The warranty is 2 years longer, but warranty on an OEM Samsung product is iffy at best - they do not like to support these products. It does not matter (at least to me) because either of these drives gives excellent performance and price/perfomance ratio.
The Radeon HD 6950 2 GB is just a great buy right now, considering the fact you can mod it to almost a 6970. Check the feedback to make sure the model you purchase has been sucessfully unlocked.
Have a couple of questions for the motherboard: How serious are you about overclocking? Are you going to upgrade to a multiple card configuration? If so, AMD or NVIDIA? In any case, you are looking at a P67, LGA 1155, like this middle of the road ASUS P8P67 for $177. Note that this board does not SLI for NVIDIA cards, but will Crossfire for AMD. SLI usually costs more.
Don't spend a lot of extra money on RAM, because added performance does not justify the extra cost - 1333 is a fine speed, and you can pick up these G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB for $92 including shipping.
SSD: Get the 64 GB - it holds your OS and some programs. SSD space is expensive, so look to upgrade it when cost comes down. That is just my opinion.
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 is on sale for $90 after rebate. Good size, nice airflow right out of the carton, great cable management. downside: no window, and red fans, unless red is a nice color to you.
PSU: Depends on your video card selection now and your upgrade path later.
Thanks for the list why_me I'll definitely use the majority of those links.
As for eloric, I'm not going to do anything to crazy with regardless to overclocking but will push it to 4.2-4.4 depending on temps, I really don't want to use sli or crossfire right now but have no problems picking up another card later to extend the lifespan of the rig.
Why_Me helped me narrow down a good amount of my issues, I'm still left very torn between going the 570 or 6950 route if anyone has any insight i would appreciate it.
And the last thing being the SSD, Is there no good 3rd gen 64gb ssd? I see a ton of good 120+ ones but obviously the price spikes quite remarkably. Do i have to go back to a C300 64GB if i don't get a vertex 3?.