1) My CPU has already been ordered and is being shipped right now. I think it's OEM though so does that mean I need to purchase fans or heatsinks or something? I need a cheap recommendation.
2) For the motherboard, I'm trying to get a motherboard that is likely to cause very few problems and have acceptable performance for as cheap as possible. I don't need sli or crossfire support and I don't plan on overclocking. From what I've read a lot of people like this motherboard and many others are getting it. I'm interested on your thoughts with this board.
3) I have no idea what to do about the memory. I don't understand what makes certain memory better than others (timing, etc). I just want the highest quality 2x 1GB memory that I can get for under $200 that is guaranteed to work with my motherboard. I would prefer Corsair if possible.
Any recommendations or info on my choices would be great. Thanks.
The lower the timings, the better. I always go for the ram with the lowest timings, especially if that ram is cheaper than a set with higher timings with the same frequency. OCZ is a very respectable brand. Just as good as Corsair on Intel platforms. I am of course refering to conflicts between OCZ DDR2 ram and the AM2 platform.