Thanks for the quick replies, yeah, there are no ivy bridge i3's. I believe they are coming in Q4 if I'm not mistaken? And the 2100 deal I saw was too good to pass up, especially at that price. But for another question for you all, the motherboard I linked, I heard that there was no real benefit in going for PCI E 3.0 right now and that besides that, the one I chose had the features that most new boards have right now. Would you all still recommend it for this build? And lastly, is the power supply enough to power all of this? (I'm not hoping to CF/SLI.)
Great deal, but I suggest dropping down to the pentium G620 ($50). You're going to need room in the budget for a different PSU (the one you picked won't support the 6950), and a bit for a better case (the rosewill is good for the $, but again, doesn't have the cooling to support the 6950).
Another option, instead of all that is to drop down to the G620, and put the money towards a 7850. It'll put you slightly over budget, but that card only draws 101w at load and the 430w PSU will easily support it. It runs cooler than the 6950, so your original case will probably be fine with it. It's also faster than the 6950, though it will be slightly bottlenecked by the G620, you can bump the FSB to get 300mhz or so more out of the G620 to help.
That would put him way over the optimal efficiency range of the PSU if he uses the 6950. It would use 90% of the PSU's potential output, leaving no room for expansion, and potentially under-volting the system as the PSU ages.
though now the lepa psu is outdated, as it had a 15$ price hike and the 15$ rebate is gone now. though a single 6950 should take no more than ~300w area, never ever surpassing 400. why would you think it would take 90% of the psus output, unless of course you can show me the data that says otherwise.