I have ordered the NZXT CPU cooler along with pre-ordering the Z77 EVGA FTW Edition MoBo.
Obviously this board uses an 1155 socket and so I have been caught red-handed. I'll be springing for the Ivy Bridge 3770K as soon as it is released.
However, the other components such as ram, vid cards etc. will be remaining as part of the build.
I am also being tempted with an Intel 128gb Cherryville SSD...if I add it my total will be up to about $3,400.
Just trying to figure out how to choose which games I install to the SSD using Steam/Origin etc. E.g use Steam have 1 or 2 games on the SSD and the rest off of the HDD.
Wish I had your budget! To me a budget build is sub $1000, but good for you.
Don't worry man, one day you'll get it. It took a lot for me to get to this point and I hit a special point in my life which is helping me do this. This is a first for me and every other pc I've ever built has been a 1k budget build. Just save up, and make it a goal to one day spoil yourself in the way you want.