Any thoughts and or suggestions on better parts? Trying to stay Sub 1K not including a new monitor. And As I stated before this is my first attempt so one of my greatest fears is one of the components not begin compatible with the rest.
Tecmo's suggestions look decent. If you want a LED fan on your heatsink, you can add one, as the Hyper 212 comes with an additional set of fan clips. The PSU that ares linked is not 80+, and is inferior to the Earthwatts; not necessarily bad, but the Earthwatts is better.
Nice build though. For a first attempt, it looks like you've done some research.
The i5 outperforms the 955BE, but offers no VISIBLE difference in games. In applications that warrant the additional performance, I'd choose i7, as the added cost can probably be justified. Socket AM3 has an upgrade path. LGA1156 does not.
lga1156 has no VISIBLE upgrade path, but i doubt intel will pull the plug on it, they need a budget sector. also, the 750 costs 30$ more than the 955, and the same price as the 965, and beats both of them in productivity, and gaming:
The i5 is the better performer, but 1) gaming FPS tends to be more dependent on the GPU, and 2) except at the margin of playability, a difference of a few FPS won't be noticeable. Heck, the difference could be 20FPS, but if the weaker one is getting over 60FPS, you won't even see that difference.
If you really need the application performance, get i7.
My only real fear at this point is when I look up the Memory specs for the Mobo I selected the ram is not on the list. Should I be worried and switch do a different set of Ram or will the above work with setting changed in the Bios?
Total with Shipping (Before MIR) = $1383.11
I am still interested in any way to save money without giving up any performance if that is even possible at this point.
I agree, especially on the case and PSU. Lian Li is said to make quality cases, and I've seen enough quality problems in Coolermaster cases to know that they do not. While OCZ isn't on my personal top-5 list for PSUs, they're nowhere near the bottom, and the 80+ designation means that at the very least it is good for its full labeled output, and can do it efficiently.