Update: After spending way too much time researching, watching videos and reading reviews, I think I am finally set. A few recommended going with a wired keyboard and mouse. So I have since worked in the Sidewinder and DeathAdder. Slightly over the $1200 budget, but will fall under that with a few rebates. The Corsair 300R is a great looking cases with some awesome reviews. Don't know how I missed it before, but it cures the problem I had with the chunky, aggressive look of the 400R. I will probably be ordering this in a few hours, so if anyone else has some advice or opinions, let me know.
NCIX.com How are these guys? I have never used them and just wanted to get some confirmation on them since I will be ordering a few things from them. I was expecting to order most from Newegg, but Amazon and NCIX had the better prices on quite a few things.
This is pretty much the build I have decided to go with. Open to last minute ideas and thoughts, might switch something around here and there. SSD will be a future purchase. Would the stock fans in the 400R case be adequate or do I need to change them out or add a few more? Anything I'm missing that I should probably pick up? Thanks.
Thanks for responses guys. I'm not dead set on the case yet, but none of the others really suit my taste in the $100 or less range. I like the look of the Antec 302, but not fond of the curved bezels in the front. A few I've debated but can't bring myself to like such as the HAF series of cases. I don't care too much for the sides on the 400R to be honest either. I'm still reading reviews and checking out cases.
I'm aware wired would be the way to go for gaming and am also considering changed the keyboard and mouse combo. Keyboard and mouse isn't too important to me at the moment. Focusing more on the core of the system and rather than the not so important things.
While the 650W is not needed, it's on sale and gets good reviews. Seems like a decent price for the quality according to the reviews I have read. It's not modular, but it will get the job done and I don't really trust the brands that have modular supplies in that price range.
If anyone else has any advice or thoughts, I would love to hear them. And really interesting in cases, so if anyone wants to throw their opinion in about a certain case, I'm all ears. Thanks.
Go with a case you like, but make sure it is not from a crap brand. I have the bigger brother of the 400R and it is an excellent case. I am sure the 400R will be too. It has cable management, unlike the 300. I would not recommend the 300 at all.
I've been looking at the Bitfenix Shinobi. Looks interesting and gets good reviews, but the cooling has been about average in reviews. The 400R is still my current choice. No matter how much I look at the 300 or 302, it just doesn't fit my taste. Not really a fan of the CM series. I like simple and elegant cases that don't go overboard with all the rugged gamer look.