It's CL9. High for overclockers. You could turn on Turbo mode in bios and let the mobo overclock for you. Up to 3.2Ghz depending on cooling. The other low CL ram is crazy expensive in AU. They might as well shoot me & take the money.
I strongly recommend a SSD + HDD combo cuz you use the SSD for speed for OS & HDD for storage/backup. Best of both worlds. The Vertex is an excellent choice.
Now here we go again. It's a gaming rig. The main purpose is gaming. You should spend as much money as budget allows to get the best gaming card possible. The GTS 250 is a low to mid-range card. I wouldn't touch it with a 12-foot pole. If I'm not mistaken, GTS 250 is a GTX 9800+ rebrand. Forget overclocking. Get a better GPU. Sell the 250. I wouldn't get anything lower than HD 5770. In fact, I wouldn't get any next-gen card yet cuz it's the WORST time to buy it. The DX11 cards are marked up by retailers to milk the customers to the bone. There was a chip shortage that caused the prices & demand to go up. I'm talking about North America. Other markets would be worse. More expensive than what we pay. Hence, I got a cheap-o GTX 260 with rebate to tide me over to GT 300 release when the HD 5800s will be lower in prices. I'm waiting the storm out. No official release date yet, but my guess is late Q1 or early Q2 2010. Unless nvidia wants their stock to plummet further.
Thank you for the info and reply, RAM was another thing i wasn't certain on, 4gb will suffice but would there be any advantages on more RAM mainly for gaming?
Thanks for the case suggestions ill go with the Thermaltake simply because its 100 bucks cheaper.
SSD and HDD combo it is, Ive been looking around and many dont like RAID 0 arrays so this should give me the speed atleast.
With regards to the graphics card i still honestly believe the 250 is a great card for its price range, though nothing incredible. Ill hang onto it for now, because, as you say its the worst time to be buying a next gen card, so ill wait and see what Nvidia has to offer before deciding to spend big in the area.