No ssd? it's not worth spending all this money without a ssd in your list, i'd recommend the crucial m4 or vertex 3 (either the normal vertex 3 or the max iops version). The m4 is around 220 and the vertex is a bit higher.
If you have a spare HD, dont buy one now because as Maurice stated the prices are through the roof
I agree with him on the case too, $300 is too much even for a case. You can get a really good case for $150. Use the money you save for an ssd
Everything else looks pretty good (althought i second maurice in saying grab a z68 mobo), although I would recommend an after-market heatsink if you want to OC it eventually, the intel one's suck and the thermal paste isn't even one complete spot, its 3 lines which is terrible for heat distribution. You can get the hyper 212 for around $30
Thanks for the reply:
Not dead set on this configuration, willing to make changes.
As far as the case...I liked the look of it and watched the video on new egg....
they seemed to really like the case. Not crazy about the black only look.
But your right...steep price..lol
Cooling looks better...will consider.
Like the board you suggested.
Would you consider suggesting a radeon card?
Just asking because I have an old...and I mean old...
9800 from the quake days that has just rocked for years.
The way video cards are broken down is price. For a certain budget one or the other may be butter. say if you had a budget of $270 for a video card. A radeon 6950 is the best for a budget of say 300 a 560 ti 448 would be recommended. It all depends on how much you want to pay for the card to which brand will be better.
Yea like previous people have said, dump the case, Its good but it isn't that good. HAF X IMHO is like one of the cooler more flashy cases out there. Also try to throw in a GTX 580, then SLI down the road. But then again it all comes down to what you like more Nvidia or AMD, Not starting a flame war, but nvidia has a wider feature base and Physx which if you have the games that use it, is awesome. But AMD has better performance / price. 580 will beat the 6970 9 times out of ten. So if you have the budget go nvidia but if you don't go AMD. And you have the budget so...