Anywhere I can save? The h212 cpu cooler is out of stock at newegg...what else should I get since I plan to OC the CPU.
Does everything appear compatible(Mem and mobo, etc...)
The HDD is says bare drive? Does this mean no cables? If so, what cable to do need to buy?
Also, for OS...what is the usual package of win7 that people buy?
It's IDE it sell it to a friend or something. You don't want the IDE connection to bottleneck data. I personally recommend an X25-V SSD (114) or if thats too steep get a Spinpoint F3 500 GB for the OS drive.(55)
If both of those bust your budget, just put it all on the 1 TB
I'm a little leary of the mobo..the reviews state the card has to put put in the bottom pcie slot if using one and that can make it difficult to plug in the sata. Is there a better card I should get? Like a 16x for both if I go crossfire...this restricts it to 8x for both when in crossfire.
To me it doesn't look like a dual slot card would cover the SATA ports and that there would be plenty of room to reach them. As for the PCI-E slot speed, x8 only even begins to have a bottlenecking effect on a 5870, ie very fast cards, and that was only a 4% performance hit compared to dual x16. So I think it's safe to say that x8 speed would not bottleneck a 5850. If you must have dual x16 then 790FX and 890FX chipset motherboards are the ones to check out.
Like Silvune said, x8/x8 is nothing to worry about, the difference between that and x16/x16 is insignificant. Even in a situation where x8/x8 was bottlenecking (like 2 x 5870s) the framerate would be so high you wouldn't even be able to notice