Thanks Cam i noticed you had the i7 and I dont really need the hyper threading so the i5 is want i plan on getting.
Also extra cooling do you think it is necessary i have a cpu cooler but not sure on extra case fans? any opinions?
If you already have a CPU cooler then I will stick to that but if I were you I would try to fill up all of the case fans spots.
EDIT = I would also go for a Z77 Motherboard.