I noticed you are in Missouri. That means you may be able to pick up that GTS 450 in store (though they will ship it to you) and you may be able to take advantage of this CPU + motherboard deal. There's a store in St. Louis/Brentwood.
If you're not going to buy till January, there will be way better products out by then, i.e. the FX Series CPU. Note that by then most Phenom II CPUs will not be sold, which means you may be forced into an AMD APU setup as I have outlined, which has less graphics capability.
you are correct i wont be able to buy or get anything till tax time in jan.
I have only new about newegg and tigerdirect.. which both seem to be about the same type/priced stuff. as for the microcenter i never heard of that place.. as for the Cases there pixxo seem Pretty cheap. I like the antec 900 and APEVIA MX-PLEASURE-BK Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply I like black/blue. With nice air flow and lighting