Oh boy....the more I look into this the more and more doubts I am having.
Now I'm considering scrapping the whole core i7 idea, and switching up to the phenom ii x4. It would seem that any decent core i7 motheboard is going to run at least $269, and that kind of gimps everything else due to my price range. I am starting to wonder if I can get close to the same system but much cheaper with AMD.
Thanks BTW, aliasaid. I will switch to that hard drive regardless of what system I decide to go with. In fact, I plan on keeping a lot of the suggestions you guys made, just thinking of switching the MOBO and CPU...