Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
^ thanks for the advice on the hard drives, i am looking to use this for gaming more than anything else so one of the Seagate drives might be a better choice for me.
i chose that ram because it came in a combo deal with the gtx 470 that saved 40$ of the final price. I think you're right that the ddr3-2000 isn't worth it, i was thinking that since the ram came a 1333 stock speed i would just up it to 1600 and change the timings accordingly
and I'm kinda new with the acronyms, what TS headaches are you thinking of