OPTICAL DRIVE: Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) $18.99 + 7 = 25.99
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/90G 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $109.99 - 10 = 99.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99
MEMORY: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB $44.99
COOLING: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $34.99
MONITOR: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 $174.99 - 10 = 164.99
KEYBOARD: LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard $19.99 + 7 = 27
So here's my questions. First off, Ivy Bridge is here, but it seems like the overclocking performance is subpar. Should I go ahead and go with it anyway, or should I just go with the old i5-2500k standby? If I do decide to got with Sandy, is it still worth it to get the Z77 chipset on my mobo? Also, is a 650W power supply enough for a system like this? What would I need if I decided eventually to add a second 680? What is the weakest link in this PC right now? CPU? RAM? HDD? Also, I don't know anything about monitors, so any advice I could get on that front would be awesome. My budget for a monitor is about $200.
Thanks a lot guys, I'm looking forward to hearing from you.