The only thing I'd look at would be to grab the CM Storm Enforcer Case from MSY too. That'll chop a good chunk off your shipping from PCCaseGear.
I've never seen a Thermalright HR-02 Macho. But I hear they reviewed pretty well... I'm just not a big fan (no pun) of coolers that hold their fans on with paper clip wire (Like the Hyper 212 + used to)
My personal preference for CPU coolers at that price point is:
thanks for that guys, I will look into the coolermaster hyper 612 and see what i find. The reason why i have chosen a 580 is because i plan for this build to last me, as is, for 2-3 years. For the same reason I'm not sure whether getting a gen 3 motherboard would be worth it if i am not going to be changing out any components for an absolute minimum of 1.5 years
EDIT: btw i live fairly close to both these stores so i plan on picking it up to save some money so I'm not worried about shipping costs.
just another questions, are there any important differences between the p8z68-v gen3 and the pro version other than a few more sata ports which i am unlikely to use as i only plan, even for the future, for a max of 3 drives, 2 of which would be mechanical meaning they don't need sata3?
Thanks for your suggestions with the cooler everybody but i have decided to stick with the thermalright macho.
Last question, both the gigabyte and msi gtx 580's are the same price with roughly the same light overclocks. Does anyone have any suggestions on which brand has a better reputation and thoughts on the different coolers?
They're both great cards and Asus Direct CUII model is another good choice. I got my gigabyte gtx580 with windforce around this time last year, when there weren't so many choices around. I must say I'm surprised how well it faired against other manufacturers cards that came out 3 - 6 months later. I think windforce has been proved a 'force' to be reckoned with for great cooling, low noise and OCing potential.
MSI's Twin FrozrII cooling is a solid, awesome looking system. Have seen in action many times.