Thanks guys for all the advice so far. I just have two more questions before I finally pull the trigger.
1.) I am thinking about getting the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL, does anyone know what makes this RAM different from the F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL model? Is there better RAM for the price that I should consider instead?
2.) I was considering the XFX 650W PRO650W Core Edition, but I don't have much experience with XFX. Is this a good power supply? Would it make sense to get the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2. They are roughly the same price (~$70).
CPU: Intel i5-3570k - $190
Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 4 ($90 with i5-3570k combo deal at microcenter)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $47
GPU: Plan on using onboard graphics for the time being
SDD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $100
PSU: XFX 650W PRO650W Core Edition - $65
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two - $70
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - $18
Total Cost (before Taxes and Shipping) - $690
Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Max budget: $900
System Usage: Photo editing and multi-media center
Parts Not Required: OS (running windows 7), Keyboard, monitor, mouse and speakers
Current Monitor: Dell 2408 with 1920x1200 pixels resolution
SLI or Crossfire: No
Vendor: Newegg, Micocenter, Amazon
1. The Ripjaws X series is a newer model and a fancyer heat spreader. Timmings are the same , voltage is the same , the X series just looks better. Smae price so that should tell you something , and if you think about when parts are put in the case what do you actually see. The heat spreaders on the X series are great looking but can you see them in the case , do you have a side window and don't you just see the tops of the ram sticks. So a lot of things are just marketing gimiks and since the price is the same why not get the X series.
2. SeaSonic makes the power supply internals for XFX so the quality is there and I would get the XFX over the Corsair. Corsair makes good ram.