APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 months from now BUDGET RANGE: 300 500 to finish this, ive already put about 500 in it.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING GAMING youtube/surfing and watching movies from time to time.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard/Mouse/PSU (OCZ modxstream 700w)/ Processor (i7 860) Monitor (22")/ Case (HAF 932)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: America
PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking at ATI vid cards atm, but not necesary
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe once I get some free time for research, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, once i get enough money to get two cards.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200, probably not any higher then that.
Alright, here's the deal. I know its irregular to buy parts a piece at a time like this, but i saved almost 300 dollars by buying these things at the time I did. I'm a noobie at comp building, but ive been doing my research, 1-2 hrs a day for the past month or two. I need a new computer, mines starting to fail me on Framerates (20 in l4d2, 30 in TF2, <20 in red faction guerrilla etc..)
some parts im considering for what i still need ( Mobo, cd/dvd, hdd, videocard, RAM) are
You are right -- you are missing a CPU cooler. Get the Cooler Master Hyper 212. Its only $30, does a good job cooling, and it is much quieter than the stock cooler. It is also much easier to install when the motherboard is out of the case.
The two motherboards you listed MSI and EVGA are equally good -- flip a coin if you can't decide. I might go with the EVGA because I think the black color is cool, but that is not a good reason.
I would recommend that you go with the 5770 graphics card. It offers the best performance for the money, and you can always add a second card later if you need it. Otherwise, if you have the money now, the 5850 will give you excellent performance but it is pricey.
The memory you chose is very good, and the rest of your build looks fine.
Thanks for the cpu cooler rec. do you have an idea of what... manufacturer for those cards? like... asus, xfx, diamond, sapphire, etc.. are most reliable? and yeah, i was thinking about the motherboard for the same reason =P