Ah, you dont like the sabertooth...
I dont know much about Motherboards or the features I should be looking for. I picked this b/c I thought it would last, have easy overclocking features and wasn't that much more expensive then the other Z77's I was looking at.
Well, looking at some of the features, it might be a $200 motherboard, but a lot of those features are either "nice to have" or a $120-$150 board has them too. And I'm pretty sure Z77's aren't the high end of the spectrum (considering you could get a really good Z68 for $120 or so).
I am getting the RAM as part of a combo fairly cheap, but if you feel that I won't be using the 8GB at all in the future, then I'll take your suggestion and see if I can get a deal on the 2x4GB's.
If it's part of a combo deal, then get it. I wasn't aware of that. Unless the combo deal was with the motherboard.
The GTX 680 has a min requirement of a 550W PSU. I am having difficulty calculating the power I need for the system, or how much expansion I have room for with the 850W. I dont think i entered in the right codes to the Power Calculator I was using...regardless the numbers were all over the place, so I figured the 850W would be about right.
The "minimum" power requirement is assuming a fully loaded system, this is just to cover the manufacturer's ass. However I did do a quick run down at http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
and it claims you need 380W @ 90% system load... so 750W or so is probably better. Rule of thumb is you should get a power supply that meets about double of what you need. Power supplies are happiest at 50%-60% load. And you have some room for an upgrade.
Although games don't tax the system to 90% load, so 700W might be reasonable too.