Perhaps I should have read these boards earlier, but I thought I would list the stuff I just bought over Memorial Day weekend. My main reason for doing so is to get advice as to whether there are any obvious bottlenecks or foolishly purchased parts. I scouted some deals so I am not worried about price per say. The linked items are not for price, but to better identify the parts. This is my first build.
CPU Cooling: CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
HD: My existing 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache Western Digital Hard drive
SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH160G2R5 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
SSD Mounting Hardware: Scythe Twin Mounter Rev. B 2.5" HDD/SSD Adapter - 3.5" Bay Drive Mounting Accessory
(Did not know that both the Intel SSD and the Antec case come with this hardware)
OS: Windows 7 64 Bit for System Builders
OK so that is everything. I got a little thermal goop and I am going to start building in the next few days when it all arrives. Have I forgotten any parts? I am worried about cooling my 5850 and my motherboard. I was hoping the reduced temps on the CPU and memory would allow the case fans to take care of the GPU & Mobo. I am also a little anxious to see how this quasi-watercooling thing works. Cool-it is about to release the same sort of deal for the GPU which I may pick up later.
What program should I use to monitor temps? What are good, allowable, bad temps for my parts or where can I find this info?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Last Week
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies and other less taxing tasks
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (I am not sure if this is safe. I don't want to buy replacement parts in 6 months)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later if I buy another card.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will this be loud? Have I done enough to prevent overheating for long gaming sessions? (3+ hours)