I actually already went ahead and ordered the Corsair Cooler, Blu-ray drive, and 7870 card, and went ahead and installed the latter in my current rig. I also have a pair of 1tb hard drives. But in any case, if I'm not mistaken, I have a fairly solid rig here, and I'm going to be using the replaced parts to build my little cousin a gaming desktop to run things like WoW and Minecraft. (Old graphics card is an ATI HD 5870.)
Well, I was going to say you should downgrade your cpu to an i5 3570k and get a 7950, you should still get an i5 though. I personally don't think you should get that motherboard, as almost every asus motherboard is overpriced.
Yeah, lets just say that for what I'm paying for my CPU, the best I could get off Newegg is an i3-2100 (That's the closest price for an Intel chip, I'm actually paying less than that.) As for the motherboard, I'm certainly open to paying less. That was the reason I was going with micro ATX apart from the fact that I never really use the extra slots anyway. Any thoughts on a board that is really good for overclocking, yet cheaper? I am thinking I may add another 7870 after tax season, so dual PCIe x16 would be preferable.
Working retail has it's perks to help make up for it's woes. Intel has a website set up with training material for people who work in retail outlets that sell computers. If you work at such a place, you can become a member of the site, and they do a summer and holiday deal. Holiday is happening now. This is the first time I've had money when the deals went up, so I'm going for it.
I really would prefer a board that has enough fan headers to do RPM control on my 2 front fans and 1 side off the board. Poked around the forums and found people saying good things about this one. ASRock Z77 Extreme4