Okay, I've been out of the loop for a while, and man! Things have changed! Long story short, I think it's time for an upgrade. The video card situation will be rectified at a later date (unless there is some amazing sale you guys point out that i've missed).
Budget is about $550. I need: CPU, MOBO, and RAM; I will be reusing my hard drive.
Here's what I've found so far, but please feel free to make suggestions. All prices are from Newegg
ASUS P8Z77-v LK $125 (after rebate)
i7 3770k $320 (after promo code)
G Skill Ripjaws 8GB for $45
The system will be used to get through a Computer Systems Engineering degree as well as some gaming.