MadAdmiral mentioned in another thread that I can get G.Skill Ripsaws with lower latency for only $5 more. He's correct. The $94 Ripsaws has 9 latency with 9-9-9-24-2N timing and 1.65V. The $99 Ripsaws has 7 latency with 7-7-7-21 timing and lower 1.5V. That is a big difference for a few dollars. I updated the build list below to accommodate:
Changes are shown in RED. What do you think of this build?
Thanks, it's nice to hear someone confirm my build list. It's so quiet here, heh. I'll order everything Friday.
I changed the CPU cooler: I found another that's probably at least as good, and costs a few bucks less. MaximumPC gave it a 10/10 rating, although some people complained about fan noise, which is not a real problem for me.
Regarding MSI boards, yeah there aren't many mATX board options out there. The automatic OC feature with this MSI board seems nice (convenient for me). At least newegg has a decent RMA system in case I have problems.
Also changed video card to Vapor-X (same brand, same radeon, but supposedly better cooling) for an additional $5.