I've been doing a lot of research and here's my situation + planned build.
Budget: Under $2000 USD
Time Frame: Hopefully by May
Intended use: Gaming. BF3, Diablo 3, Tera, GW2, Dota2, and any other game that catches my eye in the next few years.
Setup: I use a 2 monitor setup. One Acer x223W which is a 22" widescreen monitor that runs in 1680x1050. My second monitor is a 19" LCD that runs in 1024x768. I game on the larger monitor and usually have ventrilo, internet explorer, or some other small app running while I game.
Expectations: I want to get Ivy Bridge along with a new motherboard, and something along the lines of a gtx 660 or 670 when they release. I am partial to nvidia simply because I've liked their driver support better than AMD as well as their card size and volume. I do not plan to SLI my cards.
Motherboard:Asus P8Z77-V PRO I'm open to other suggestions. I have heard a lot of good things about Asus and this particular model seems to meet the needs of the equipment below.
CPU: i7 3770k. I currently have an i7 920 and the 3770k seems to be reasonably priced if it follows the ~$330 price range advertised so far.
Video Card: I'd like to get a 660, 660ti, 670, or 670ti depending on benchmarks, power consumption, price, and reviews. I was looking at spending under $300 on the video card if possible and almost grabbed a 560ti 448 until I saw that keplar was being released. With the new architecture I'd rather go with keplar so that I'm not behind (like my gtx 260 is). I understand I might pay a little over $300 for the new card, and that won't break the bank.
I went with the modular power supply because I love the one in my current system. Switching to modular was one of the best things I did in my last build since cable management is so much easier. Yes the case allows for it, but I don't want to stick a giant wad of cables through the hole to just sit in the back of my case. It's just asking to collect dust.
I do agree on the ram you suggested though. I'm looking at the 4x4 kit instead of the 2x4 you recommended though. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I definitely learned my lesson years ago when I had too little ram on my old core 2 duo. I figured $45 isn't much of a price difference to pay to give me that extra security towards future proofing.
I'm still waiting on the next wave of keplar to come out. I'm hoping the 670 will be around $400 and not fall too far behind the 680. That single card should hold me over at my 1680x1050 for quite some time. It also gives me the option to upgrade to a larger monitor for higher resolution gaming should I so choose.
Those 2 reviews pretty much solidify either power supply being a good choice. When the rest of the components are released I think it will come down to which one is cheaper at that time, or if one of those 2 components comes up as a deal on amazon or newegg between now and then. I wish I'd grabbed the corsair during the 15% off promo they had when I first saw it.
Again thanks for the info, that's at least 1 more thing I can check off the list of being confident about.
Now if only they'd release more information on the rest of the gtx 6xx lineup so I can make a more informed decision.