Intel HD 3000 is just bad. Trust me. Unless you are fine with playing at low settings, don't.
So far, only dual-core ultrabook-purpose Ivy Bridge mobile CPUs are delayed. Quad-core mobile parts may come out as intended, but these will cost you $.
The motherboard will be different by the time Ivy Bridge comes out, and price will differ depending on what we see.
It's very likely 7970 price will drop down massively if Kepler is any good as rumors seem to suggest.
Are you buying both motherboard and graphics card now?
If you can spare little more $, Corsair Performance Pro is slightly faster than Crucial M4 AFAIK, and they both use same Marvell controller.
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