Cross County Microcenter? Maybe i'll see ya there! I wonder if the Long Island one is ruined now too....never went there but I know we have those TWO near us when some people sadly have 0.
Thanks for the input guys! Few more questions:
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H, any good? Is the UD3H much superior? If those are comparably priced to that Asus, I might grab them. Always been partial to gigabyte, used several of their boards and never had a problem. Used an Asus once as well in the past and it was OK, so I dont mind them at all. I also had a Foxconn that worked very well for a long time. Basically try and stick to one of those brands if i can, but that ASUS is veryyyy appealing. Guess I'll see the prices in person as well as online before I make a buy.
Also, would kingston HyperX blu be any good? I see it is also comparatively priced to the Crucial, and I am a huge fan of kingston because its always very reliable and (usually) error free in my past purchases. I also have never had a compatibility problem with kingston and my last board needed some pretty obscure rams to be totally rock solid. Made OC'ing my ram impossible but it always ran reliably no hiccups.
To boot, Microcenter has some EXCELLENT "store name" SSDs, one is 120gb for ~90$. They also have a 90GB OCZ thats 60$ that I may grab instead. Dunno if 120gb is overkill for a SSD, but I guess the more the better. Though I am desperately trying to pinch pennies to put more towards the other parts (and to spend less obviously!), so I may go for the ocz.
Lastly, my current resolution is sadly either 1366x768 on my Samsung tv (I know I know but its and sized appropriately), or a 1280x1024 17" flatpanel. I also sometimes have a second, dual monitor setup for that (extra 17" dell), but I usually only game on 1 monitor as that divide down the middle really disorients me. SO! i'm assuming I could get away with a 7770? Or a 7850? the most taxing game I will probably be playing is Skyrim (might even try some of those ENBs now!). I also play Steam games such as TF2, CSGO, etc, civ 4/5, Batman, so I dont currently need an INSANE gfx card.
I like mods on skyrim as well, but was always limited by my 88GTs 512mb memory. Focusing basically on this need, and the rest of my games will play accordingly. Basically, what card will allow modded Skryim (and possibly enbs) at these resolutions? Obviously I need a lot less horsepower with reduced resolutions, so I'm curious if I can get away with a less expensive GPU?
Of course one day I play on buying a nicer monitor, but money has been very tight for a long time now (college student), and I definitely need the PC built more than I need the monitor. After all I cant play anything on the monitor without a PC haha.
I'll probably be picking up the coolers you all suggested, as well as checking elsewhere for graphics cards as y'all said. I dunno why but I agree that MC always has stupidly overpriced vid cards. My xion 660W is still working fine, so I'll be using that, and I have a NZXT nemesis elite case which i'm HOPING will be large enough for new video cards, but if not I"ll be getting whatever case is on sale at the time.
Once again, thanks for input guys!!! Hopefully I can get some stuff on the cheap-o