Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month. Budget Range: $1,300-$1,500 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphic Design, 3D Modeling & Animation, Gaming (WoW, SWTOR, Skyrim) Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Newegg, TigerDirect, Best Buy, always open to suggestions Country: USA Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, Asus Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: Yes Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Additional Comments: I haven't decided if I want a DVD combo drive or a Blu-Ray combo drive yet, I'll probably add a 32-in-1 media card reader to it as well. I would also like this build to last at least 3 or 4 years.
I would double check the ASUS website to make sure that ram is compatible. Both are good, but sometimes do not play well together. You can also check into Corsair, Kingston, and Gskill. All work well with ASUS. With the 3d modeling and such, you might bump up to 16 gb ram. You should be able to find some deals on quad 4gb kits of either 1333 or 1600 speed.
You might also opt for a newer z68 based motherboard. Any ASUS or Gigabyte will do. Just get the one with the features you need.
Other than that it looks fine.
edit: Also, if you happen to live near a Microcenter, they have amazing prices on the processors, and $50 off various motherboards in a combo deal. http://www.microcenter.com/
Thank you for your help, I actually found an Asus z68 for a few dollars cheaper than the one I was going to go with. I've found the list of supported RAM vendors for the z68 and I will be combing through that. I also found a Microcenter sort of near me, it's about 45 min. away so I can make a day trip out of it