BUDGET RANGE: $1500 give or take.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, more gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
I've read the 955 suggestion on other threads, but I just don't think I'd like to tinker around with Overclocking just yet, even though it's slight. Plus the 12 or so dollars isn't much of an issue for me really, considering I'm already dropping 1500 on the whole thing. WR2 should I get an aftermarket cooler? If so which would you suggest? I'll be playing a lot of FPS games like Bad Company 2 and Crysis and such, but as I said I won't be OCing.
If you're certain you won't want to try a bit of overclocking later you can leave the aftermarket CPU off your list. It's just easier to install now, instead of later.
FPS games usually are GPU limited before they're CPU limited so OC'ing doesn't make a much difference in your case. It's just an easy way for many to squeeze out a little extra performance that some users want.