Thanks a bunch, I'm just about ready to order this now! I must say you've made a very helpful first couple posts here. I'll post my bench score and maybe some pics or something once i get this thing all set up. There's so much to anticipate in the next month and a half regarding this game with the release, the beta which we all better get in to, and finally when you can make your very own character. Well, time to go fish through motherboards again!
Thanks for the compliment. Since you're still in the planning stage I have a few other things you might want to consider. I looked at the system link you had on Newegg and I don't think you're going to get as good a high res score as is possible for that kind of money.
The problem is you have the absolute best gpu in the 5970 and you're teaming it with an x4 965. Like I said the 965 is good and it's basically what I'm using but it's over matched by that gpu. What that means is you're high and low res scores should be basically the same number because the cpu will be your limiter at both resolutions with this setup.
There's a spreadsheet being kept by guys over at FFXIVCore and although it's not comprehensive right now they have 150+ plus scores with various cpu/gpu combos. The closest I can find to your combo is a 5970 with a x4 955 that's been overclocked to 3.8Ghz (the 965 standard clock is only 3.4Ghz). That combo scored 5185 on high and 5188 on low which means even overclocked to faster than 965 speeds the cpu is still holding the 5970 back.
As a comparison there are two other scores with a 5970. Both are paired with i7 930. The first is overclocked to 3.8Ghz and hits 6685 high and 6991 low while the second is overclocked to 4.2Ghz and hits 7874 high and 7860 low which means the cpu is still limiting the 5970 even with these cpus.
You can view the sheet at https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AimI6xhXN4XXdF9xQWRTTWlSWFZmWkRSTHFkR05zNEE&hl=en#gid=0
and come to your own conclusion. If you're set on keeping the 965 I think you could drop to a lower gpu like a 5870 and save hundreds while causing no change at all to the score you're system will get. Unfortunately they don't show an overclocked 965 paired with a 5870 but at 3.8 - 4.0Ghz it should hit 5000+ just like the 5970 with that cpu.
For more balance with better than 5970 performance you might instead go with 2x GTX 460s in sli for, strangely enough, $460 and throw the saved $220-240 on an i5 or i7 purchase.
Anyway, just my thoughts given the data I've seen. In tests on HardOCP they've shown the 460 sli equals or beats crossfire 5870s in most games.. and crossfire 5870s beat a 5970.
If you prefer the single card 5970 there are other items in your link where you could save a lot of cash to pay for a pricier cpu and keep the 5970.