Hello from the UK First post so be gentle! Right I'm currently finalizing a parts list for a new build intended to do some gaming as well as to try my hand at overclocking. I also plan on perhaps trying crossfire graphics in the future.
I'd like your thoughts on this parts list as well as your opinions on what memory and what cooler I should go for
If you're o'cing, then a 955 is the same as a 965, just with a lower stock clock, so save a few bucks.. er.. pounds, and get the 955.
You might want to get an aftermarket cpu cooler on there if you're getting thermal compound, especially if you're o'cing more than just a little bit. Ed: sorry, bad thinking by me when I read the thread title. (oops) The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is good, as long as you don't pay masses for it. My advice on the RAM is avoid the current line of OCZ and get something with good timings at the speed you want.
See? Less than you are paying for the WD, faster and more space.
And +1 to everything Mark said.
Getting DDR3 that defaults to 1333 can sometimes save headaches when dealing with AMD. Here is some RAM
Kingston 1333 CL 7, the voltage is a bit high but the price is right. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169488
Thanks to the advice in regards the cpu cooler and ram. I'm just about to read a few reviews and do a little more research. I'll probably go with the hard drive you linked me, I didn't put that much thought into my original choice.
In regards to the processor. That was silly, I meant to link you the 955 (It was early haha) so yes I'll be going with that.
Thanks for your help guys, really good informative forum
I'm not real excited about the board. The first and second PCI-E slots are too close for large GPUs in crossfire. Also, we know that the extra bandwidth doesn't make that much difference in frame rates so I rarely recommend 890FX. There ARE some pluses however, especially if you will use the SATA 6GB/s or USB 3.