AS Rock 870 Extreme 3, a Phenom I X4 955, a HD 6850, 1 TB Hard drive, a cheap DVD burner, sea sonic 620W Power supply, and rosewill destroyer case plus the 4 pack of120mm fans from rosewill (for 7 case fans total). a solid gamer and general purpose machine.
you can turn the 955 into a 970 by increasing its multplier from 16 to 17.5, and still use the stock fan.
Thanks for the input. Those on the list are really great but as I checked the prices on newegg, they were at least about $200 over my budget (including the RAM that is not on the list). Maybe a cheaper processor can put me back in my ~$600 budget?