CPU n Mobo : Fry's combo bundle for $188. You had to reserve online and do a store pick up. Site crashed for a good 3 hours before my order went through and somehow, 3 combo bundles were ordered. Fry's canceled 2 'cuz only 1 per customer.
Memory: On sale. 1866 speed. bought.
Storage: $120 @ rakuten for a day. Had to cancel my $130 tigerdirect order.
GPU : MISSED OUT ON DAT 7950 for $150!! settled for this guy.
Case: Kinda cheaped out.. Not the ideal thing for cable management... as you can see from the pictures :)
PSU : On sale. bronze 80+. semi modular. recognizable brand. bought.
optical drive: probably never going to use. but on sale. bought.
thermal compound: did some research and referred to :