Phenom II x4 benchs better than x6 in games. Games do not benefit from more than 4 threads. In fact, the benefit from 3 to 4 threads is very minor.
CM hyper 212 PLus is a much better HSF
Best performance for money right now is 2 Intel X25-V in Raid 0. Simply put, they beat anything out there by a ton on anands gaming benchmark, and most other benchs. Only Intel supports TRIM for Raid 0 ATM.
I Just built a gaming rig for $1500 Cpu=17 860 Amazon for $280
MB= asus p55d deluxe $199 amazon
ram Corsair xms3 CL 8 4G 1280 $130 Tigerdirect
PSU Ultra X 4 850 $ 199 Tigerdirect.com
Video card Sapphire 3sr 5870 $404 Tigerdirect
Cpu Cooler Ultra X wind 120mm $40 Tigerdirect
Hard Drive WD Cavier Black 1TB $100 Best Buy
Windows 7 64b Profes $149 tigerdirect
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Using old Plextor Optical DVD drive
Also Using Old Alienware Full tower case
Awsome right ?!
Thanks for the advice and ideas everyone! I am probably going to go with your build banthracis. I really like the case you picked out; I was lookin to try and find a case with red LEDs and I'm not quite sure how I missed that one. Any final thoughts before I go through and buy the parts. (Oh and it looks like the Solid State Drives sold out so I'll have to wait to buy those).
How big is your monitor? A 5970 is an awesomely powerful card, but if your monitor is only about 24 inches, the 5870 is more than enough to handle everything out there....on the other hand, if you have the money then no harm in getting the bigger card. Though I keep monitors longer than I keep a GPU, so if your monitor is not big I would consider buying a large one and having the 5870