hello again everybody
this is my edited post, since my last post is dot detailed enough
well here it goes
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next month
BUDGET RANGE: $1500-$2000(although the chepaer the better)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming-programming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, soundcard
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
Hands down the 5870. If you're wanting a nVidia equivalent, the GTX 480 is the only real competition. It's $100 more than the 5870, run hotter, louder and uses a LOT of power (something like double what the 5870 uses).
1) Did you add an extra "e" on the Evo? I can't seem to find a P75P55D-E Evo, but there is a P7P55D Evo. If the choice is between those two boards, they're basically the same, except the Deluxe has USB 3/SATA III support and the Evo doesn't. Of course, over here, the Deluxe is really, really expensive...
2) Kingston is a budget RAM brand. G.Skill is a high performance brand. G.Skill RAM is the best for overclocking, and it's typically the cheapest for the specs. Kingston generally doesn't have the higher performing sticks.
3) I'd say the Coolermaster is better. You may want to check the price on a Scythe Mugen 2. It's slightly better than the Coolermaster, but over here it's more expensive.
I usually get an aftermarket cooler regardless of overclocking due to the fact hey tend to be quiet (The stock ones can sometimes be a bit noisy. ) and I never know if in the future I may need to OC to extend the life of my computer. But like Admiral said, they aren't needed if you are not OCing, so if you need to save a bit of cash don't get it. You can always get one in the future if you decide you need it