I really like the setup personally, I'd do it if I had the funds to do so including the monitor, kb/mouse, speakers, and OS but given that, that'd make the components price come to $700-$800 to fit the rest of the items listed above
Ok, Thanks for noting that, I'm used to looking for new posts. Is it fair to say it's hard to build a good system (like using Z68 and the higher-end Core iX-xxx cpus) for low cost? I like the the Z68 and higher Core iX-xxx CPUs which always win me over when looking for parts
its hard when your trying to get a monitor and a OS because it eats a good chunk of your budget. 1k is a great budget and can get you a really nice system when your just building a tower alone. Some of the stuff i reccomended you might have rebates and bundle deals on new egg. Plus you might be able to shop around to find better prices. If you have a microcenter near you, you can save $50 alone on the i5. They got it for $179. They had a bundle going that you get $50 off a mobo too if you buy them together. So that alone pays for your OS. But it all depends on where you live. If you can spend the extra 50-100 on the build i reccomended you up top its still got great system.
Microcenter isnt a bad store and you can actually save some money by going there. They also have the $50 ram i mentioned on sale for $35. The plus side is its convenient if anything ever breaks because you can just drive there and they will price match newegg. The only downside is you have to pay taxes and when it comes to more personal stuff like cases, fans, lights, extra they have a crappy selection. I bought about half my rig there and half off new egg. still its a great store and its nice to look around and see what there is for computer parts.