Rate my Rig! Am I on the right track?

Hello Everyone! Would you be so kind as to look over my build in progress and offer advice/support/suggestions/disgust?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000ish, not trying to go cheap, not trying to break the bank. "Midrange" I'd say...

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Adobe Stuff, lots of photo editing and video making, Family use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, PSU, GPU

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: The Egg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Overclocking noob wants to learn!

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (later on...)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

Ok friends, here's what I HAVE....

Antec 1200 case
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16811129043

Antec CP-850 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

VisionTek Radeon 5850 GPU
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?cs=19&c=us&l=en&sku=A3198515&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10550055-227502-B11A0C193009C0A00193009A0A1D7

Here's what I want to get...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

MOBO: EITHER ONE OF THESE! Which is better?

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223&cm_re=msi_790fx-gd70-_-13-130-223-_-Product

OR...

GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128415

RAM: EITHER ONE OF THESE! Which is better?

OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227496&cm_re=ocz_black-_-20-227-496-_-Product

OR...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3_spinpoint-_-22-152-185-_-Product

COOLING: Arctic Silver and a CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010&Tpk=corsair%20h50

unless someone can suggest a better cooler....

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Whatever optical drive's on sale.

So there it is. Thoughts?

Thanks everyone!
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  1. High end air coolers beat that cooling system you mentioned... both in terms of performance and noise levels... and that doesn't even take into consideration the (remote) possibility of a leak. Overall it looked fine.

    Here's the one you need...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154008&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-CPU+Cooling-_-TUNIQ-_-35154008

    And here are the benchmarks to back it up...

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2480&page=4

    That noise level is SICK.
  2. Get a 955BE; it should overclock to 965 levels, and costs less.
    I would choose Gigabyte over MSI any day of the week.
    Any time I've ever even begun to contemplate liquid cooling, someone posts an unfortunate tale of a rupture, wondering if he's destroyed his mobo, and/or an article comes out showing that unless you've gone top-of-the-line, a decent air cooler is sufficient. Just go to www.frostytech.com and look over their numerous cooler reviews, and peruse their top-X lists.
  3. FrostyTech is like the Bible to me when it comes to cooling questions/products. That said... the Hydro cooler you listed is on that same page with the benchmarks... 4 degrees warmer, a little bit louder and more expensive? I'm sorry... that's just a raw deal any way you look at it.
  4. And I don't think it's fair to say that high end air cooling is "sufficient" ... high end air cooling is BETTER than entry level water cooling setups. The ONLY advantage the Corair Hydro will have over a conventional cooler is its ability to get more heat out of your case... but you listed an Antec 1200... heat buildup won't be an issue in that case.
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