After much thought (and little research) I think I have my build down.
It is more than I wanted to spend so please take a look and tell me what you think.
I do not need a large HDD cause I have a few sitting around I can use that's why there is none listed, but I did want an SSD. If you see where i can shave a few bucks or if something is bad pls let me know.
I have 16GB of ram cause I run several VMs and I don't think 8 will suit me.
I need to order these today to get this build done before the new year.
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.00
I don't run VMs but it was always my understanding that more cores + more memory = more VMs. The i5-2500k is a gaming processor that doesn't support hyperthreading. This means you're getting 4 cores and nothing else. I dunno, seems like a 2600k (4/4HT) or a 8 core AMD might be the way to go.
There are ways to trim your budget. Antec 300 Illusion, 6870, 500w PSU, Non-SLI mobo, 212+ ect. Just depends on where your focus is.