I didn't know PSU calculators existed! That's awesome, thanks a lot. Looks like 550w-600w would be a good save headroom point.
As for Haswell, since you seem rather passionate about getting the newer chip since I may still apparently be able to overclock it almost, but not quite, as much and there is more longevity to it, let me price out the difference. After some google searching, it seems the only chipset option for the Mobo would be z87 for overclocking, is that correct? Is there a newer or less expensive chipset that supports overclocking a haswell at this point?
The CPU is only $10 more for haswell, and a good quality overclocking mobo seems to be about the same... so i guess financially it makes sense to go with a haswell after all.
As far as RAM goes, you mentioned at least 1833... I was reading here
that the sweet spot would be about 2400, but the impression I got was that with a dedicated GPU card, I wouldn't need more than 1833 since I wouldn't see a difference unless I was using integrated graphics. Is that correct? If so, maybe I could find a pair of 4gb 1833 CAS 8.
So I've reworked my lineup to this:
What are some good, efficient, stable brands of PSUs to power this list? From the info so far, I'd want something betwen 550w and 600w with strong 12v rails, at least 35A? What are reliable brands? I've used Antec a lot in the past, and my last one was an "HE" model but I forget the wattage. Probably between 500 and 550w..