I've been lurking on the forums for a few (dozen) too many hours. I'm at the point where I need to stop wasting time researching and start enjoying my new build.
I started out by researching a great i7 920 build, but it got shot down by the ministry of finance (the wifey). This helped me to take a step back and realize that while nice, I don't need some of the additional features the i7 offers. I looked at the Phenom II X4 955/965, but decided that the i5 750 was probably the best bang for the buck.
I am having a really hard time deciding on a motherboard for my build. I want something that is solidly overclockable, and has the potential for crossfire (in the distant future). My target budget is around 150 dollars for the motherboard, but I'm willing to compromise.
Also, is it necessary to add aftermarket chipset coolers/heatsinks to the motherboard when overclocking?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hoping to order today or tomorrow so I can build during spring break (next week)
BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 900-1100 US Dollars) After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case: HAF 932 Full ATX Case
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Monitor: ASUS VW266H 25.5-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor (1920x1200)
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future - (when the 5870 goes down in price drastically)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Aggressive, but stable overclock desired)
SSD: Once the prices on the 60 gb drives go down I'd like to throw one in for a boot disk.