Few suggestions below.
CPU core I5 2500K
Motherboard P67 chipset, Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock or MSI
GPU one or the other depending on deals GTX560TI, GTX570 or HD6950
2 x 4GB ram quality brands such as G-skill or Corsair
HDD Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB
PSU 500-650watt Seasonic, Antec, Corsair or XFX
thanks for the replies guys, between this, the "recommended builds by usage" thread and they guy at micro center (who mostly just tried to sneak bad parts in my build) i got everything picked out and purchased today.
ended up with
core I5 2500k (180 bones from microcenter =))
PNY gtx 560 ti (factory o.c.ed, enthusiast edition)
asus p8p67 m- pro mobo
pcp&c 750w silencer PSU (had a good sale going that made this the one to get in my budget)
2x2 gig corsair xms3 c7 ram (gonna get another 4 when cash allows)
cooler master hyper 212+ universal cpu cooler
i was gonna go with the CM HAF 922 for my case but they were fresh out.....i was however able to weasel in to the CM HAF 932 for the price of the 922 though cuz their site said the 922 was in store =) so at least i wont be hurting for space.
this is my first build.....tell me i didnt blow it somewhere?......now to try to put it together