+1, Thanks for that
GPU - I'm thinking to use a 7770 instead of a 6870 now since they just came out, given that they have better power consumption rates and cost basically the same with almost identical performance. It will also hold value a little better
Case - I'm probably going to also stick with the CM Scout for a case, mainly because it has a painted interior and a nice big window on the side.
Cooler - As far as cooling goes, I agree with the H70, but I'm also considering the Kuhler 620 as well which is what I have atm. When I boutght my cooler, I started with Corsair's cooling kit, but seemed like a bad system imo with having to plug the fans into its controller for them to work. and I eventually went with the one I have and I absolutely love it. For that reason, I think I will just go with the Kuhler just because I personally prefer it, even though I will upgrade my system eventually with an H100.
OS - I think I will just get the OEM version since it's almos $100 cheaper, your post just made me realize how much better it would be with it
RAM - I think for RAM, the Samsungs you recommended are fantastic overclockers, there's no argument there. But I'm not really planning on overclocking this system too much (maybe a gentle CPU overclock and RAM timings/speed @ stock) so I'll probably go with something else like Corsair Vengeance or something
SSD - SSD's don't matter too much which one I get, as long as it's around $100 with about 60Gb and with Sata III. If I see something on sale like what you recommended I'll probably buy it when I help him order the parts.
PSU - Will be taken care of, my old one will be fine for him for now.
HDD - HDD's I would like to stay in the WD field because of personal experience, I've just found that WD builds a little more robust HDD's. I'll probably stick with my Caviar Blue for $90.
CPU - I'll most likely want an Intel system, they're just better for gaming generally, so I'll keep the 2500k. And as it is, it looks like my budget will be met
Total - $895, ~$966 after tax
Now I'm in the ball park!