Also, do you like windows 8 on the desktop, or are you getting it because it's the latest and greatest? I don't really care for it that much (granted there are some performance increases + DX 11.1), and would rather have windows 7, but if you like it I could see where you're coming from.
The price shown in PCPartPicker is not accurate. I believe its off by at least $100, probably more. Total spent was probably between 700-800. Do you think a better system could have been built in that price range?
@edgewood The deal with the Mobo and RAM was that it was a combo purchase, which was purchased for about 100 (if I remember correclty). Budget also played a part in processor choice, I believe there was about a $30 price difference (at time of purchase) between the two. I guess it came down to saving money over improvement in performance?
Regarding Windows 8, personally, I think might have gone with 7 myself but since I was building for someone else, they requested Windows 8.