I recently posted a build question and got a few really helpful responses! Now, I've come to a decision somewhat, on the parts that I am going to be using for the build. I have all the parts listed below as well as the prices. I'd be really grateful if any of you could comment telling me what you think could be changed for an improvement in the price for performance; or if you know where I could get some of these products for a better price. None of the parts listed are final and are very open to being changed!
For cases, check out Rosewill. Their fans are quiet but effective, and the construction and materials are decent even on the low end.
For a cooler, any direct-touch 120mm cooler will offer similar results. I use a Xigmatek Gaia, and it is keeping my mildly oc'ed 970BE at 30C idle.
Especially with equivalent or better competition, it is very easy to recommend against anything from Crappermaster (Coolermaster). Some of their PSUs have liar labels on them, and/or claim to have protections that are missing (fact, not opinion; reviews at HardwareSecrets). That's dishonest, and a dishonest company does not deserve anyone's business, for any product, no matter its quality. Fortunately, like I said above, in any market where they are found, Crappermaster has competitors who offer similar (or better, imho) products for the same price; you need not take a hit in the wallet for refusing to support a dishonest company.
I just got the same fan for a build, I generally like CM but this heatsink and fan are trash. Your video Card, If you have not bought yet, wait for the new releases.
I am personally ready to get the 7870, just waiting for the avaliability.
The PSU is the most important part do not be cheap. While seasonic make some Corsair psu, this would be my recomended one for this build http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...