HAF 932 is still a full tower case, and $40 less. $140
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX580 $475
i5 2500k $205
Asrock ATX h67 $130
Corsair HX750 $135
GSkill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4) $50
Crucial M4 128GB SSD $195
Hitachi 2TB 7200rpm 32Mb cache HDD $100
LiteON CD/DVD Burner $21
TOTAL: $1,360 appr. with shipping.
I was thinking of going that way with the CPU... Is there a real need for an SSD? Will it make my gaming experience that much different? Also I was in between some other Vid cards let me know what you think about these:
Always get the best card you can afford with your budget at first, you can add on later. The SSD is a great addition, and is very energy efficient, and future proof for now. I highly recommend it for your OS, most used games, and most used apps. Any media, documents, or personal items you dont bring up much and are just storing i would put on a normal HDD. they are cheaper and much larger. The GTX580 will be better for performance than any 6xxx card. People will argue, but benches dont lie. nVidia is recommended over AMD/ATI for a reason. That particular card is #1 for GTX580's too. A second one in a year or 2 will only add to your pleasure, but i would highly recommend getting a monitor that can take full advantage of that in the near future before adding a 2nd gpu. That 2TB HDD is solely for storage...save everything on your SSD, then transfer over what you dont want taking up space.
Only other thing i would recommend is that if you already have a disc drive, use the money saved and left over in your budget for a Thermaltake Frio 0575, or put a Hyper 212+ EVO on your cpu. Better cooling and massive OC potential (possibly 5.0GHz with the Thermaltake).
I'd say go for the newer Z68. There aren't any major differences between P67 and Z68 besides SSD cacheing and integrated graphics. For gaming, you get get the P67 and it's cheaper. Plus, you can still SLI with P67. That's why I went with the P67. If you go ASUS, get the PRO version to SLI. I wasn't planning to so I went with the standard. However if your budget allows it, go Z68.
I'd say stick with the 128GB SSD for OS and games, and depending on your other storage need, 1TB drive should be fine. Samsung, WD, or Seagate. Depends on your preference.