Upgrading PC, need assistance


I built a computer about four (4) years ago and would like to upgrade some of the components because they are starting to fail. Here is my current setup:

HDD - Western Digital 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
Memory - 3 GB Crucial Ballistix (1 GB ea) DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400)
Motherboard - EVGA A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i
Power - Thermaltake 850W
Graphics - EVGA 8800 GT SLI
Case - Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black / Aluminum
Monitor - Samsung 22" WS Black 2ms

I'd like to re-use the following components:

Power Supply
Case - Possibly
HDD - Possibly

I'd like to keep upgrade cost around $1,000 US. I'll be using this PC for coding and occasionally a PC game. I'd be interested in a SSD, but it isn't a hard requirement. I need at least 8 GB of RAM. Also, I want a second monitor which will be 22" or more. My current monitor is not HD, it uses DVI.

Any help is appreciated.
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  1. i7 2500k $220
    z68 motherboard $200
    8 GB DDR3 RAM $40
    DVD drive $20
    GTX 680 $500
    Total $980 plus tax

    Reuse everything else for now. Consider an SSD in the future. This will be a rockin' gaming system that can easily handle the programming.
  2. Intel i5-2500k (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072) - $219.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271) - $121.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws 16 GB (2 x 2x4GB) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314) - $93.98
    Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236) - $129.99
    MSI GeForce 560 Ti OC Twin Frozr II (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608) - $269.99
    Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042) - $59.99
    ASUS DVD Burner (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204) - $19.99
    ASUS 21.5" Full HD LCD Monitor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117) - $174.99

    Total Cost: $1,074.93 (after promotional codes)

    Total Mail-in Rebates: $30.00

    Net Cost: $1,044.93 + shipping

    Thoughts? Any potential bottlenecks?
  3. No bottlenecks whatsoever. And you won't need to OC your 2500k whatsoever.

    Also, I'd go for an HAF 912 over an Antec 300. It's just a little easier to work with. A lot more airflow as well.
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