Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can pin down an exact build
Budget Range: $1350 or so and 2x monitors for a total of $1700 max ... I would like to make sure the computer is fairly future proof, but Am i spending too much for what I need?
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (mostly Starcraft II), school, the rest
Are you buying a monitor: Yes x2
Parts to Upgrade: Short List
Case - Corsair 650D $159.99
Power Supply - Corsair AX 750 $135.99
Processor - Intel Core i5-3570K $223.79
Motherboard - AS Rock Z77 EXTREME6 $151.99
Cooling - Corsair H60 $65.24
Memory - Corsair Vengeance White 8GB (2x4GB) $59.48
Hard Drive - WD Blue 1 TB $69.99
Solid State - Samsung 840 Series 250 GB $173.99
Video Card - MSI GTX 660, 2GB $229.99
Optical Drive - Lite-On 24X SATA DVD+/-RW $16.99
OS - Win 7 Pro x64
Monitorx2 - Asus VS247H-P 24-Inch $357.98
Longer list with links at the end if needed
Do you need to buy OS: No, I have a spare copy of Win 7 pro x64
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (I have prime so free shipping, and it was cheaper than new egg). But I would order from anywhere if it’s a significantly better deal.
Location: Portland Oregon area
Parts Preferences: don’t follow this stuff enough to have a preference. Quality over affordability.
Overclocking: Very doubtful, I don't think it will be needed
SLI or Crossfire: Nope
Your Monitor Resolution: Dual 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Liquid cooling is mostly to avoid the monster Heatsink air option (I like the lower profile/looks).
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: current computer is getting old, need another computer with dual monitors for school. I play starcraft II/Diablo 3/assortment of other games, I'd like them to be on pretty high settings, but i'm not ultra picky.
CPU cooler - this one wayyyyyy wayyyyyyyyyy better and same price almost, I see you wrote you want the discreet look.... but h60 is a waste of money... so either upgrade to h100 (well at least h80 anything below is not worth all that) or go with this cooler.... http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhc14
You could also get some Vengeance or G.skill ram (a bit cheaper and very good as well)
Loose the CPU cooler completely - $65 saved
The stock fan that comes with the CPU does fine at standard speeds. If you insist on more cooling, at least get something cheaper.
Change your cpu from the i5-3570k to the i5-3570. They both run exactly the same speed. Difference is you can't overclock the non-k version but its $10 cheaper. Why pay $10 more for something you won't use?
No need to spend that much on an enthusiast orientated motherboard when you won't be using the extra features which make it cost more (over-clocking capability, SLI, Crossfire etc). I'd go with something like the ASUS P8H77-V LGA. Still a quality board but much cheaper due to not having those features. Still has USB3, Sata 6GB ports, DDR3 etc. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And as someone already stated, you could get the RAM a bit cheaper.
Do all of this and you can potentially save around $130 without any real loss in performance. Either keep the change or plough it back into a better graphics card
You could actually afford the 660ti or a 7950!