SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the web
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor (asus vw266h), tower (antec 900), hard drive (samsung spintpoint f3 1tb), OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon, whatever
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or whatever works best for the Asus vw266h
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have a legit windows xp pro that I will use to set up the computer than upgrade to 64 bit windows 7. I will also need a wireless card. Lastly, I am a bit confused as to which memory to use. Thank you guys for the help, I really appreciate it!
The RAM is just fine. The "Made for Intel i5/i7" is just marketing. It just means that you may have to manually set the specs for the sticks in the BIOS. You may need to overclock the CPU to get the sticks to run at the stated specs.
You're probably going to need a new one that supports the current sockets. You only really need one if you're doing a lot of overclocking. The overclock I mentioned above to get the RAM to run at the right settings is so slight that you likely won't need an aftermarket cooler.
If you do decided to get into overclocking, the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus is excellent and fairly cheap. Or at least it used to be cheap on Newegg. Look elsewhere if you decide to buy it. Newegg lists it at $60, but Amazon has it for $30...
@ Provantage Hyper 212 Air Cooling CPU Cooler $21.13 and the shipping isn't outrageous.
I almost skipped over this earlier because I didn't see the Plus in the item description.
But its the right part # 212P for the Plus model and the details match the Plus.
Except that CL 4 is for DDR2. The fastest you can get in DDR3 is CL 6 (Mushkin's Enhanced Redline), but they're pretty expensive. Also, 1066 mhz sticks would be very slow. The current "sweet spot" for RAM speeds and latency is between 1333 mhz CL 7 and 1600 mhz CL 7, so the faster sticks are ideal.