The Operating System isn't included in the price. I'll be getting Windows 7 Ultimate, but I'm not sure if I should get the 32-bit or 64-bit version. What would be best? I'll be reusing my monitor as well, so I won't need to buy a new one.
So all together (excluding the OS), this costs around $1000 before the coupons and MIR are applied. The coupons take off $45, and the mail-in rebates total up to another $60, so all together this is $900ish build that looks good to me. I've got a couple of questions though... for starters, is all of this stuff compatible (and will it all fit in that case)? I believe it is, but I'd just like to be sure. And the 620W power supply should be enough for this build, right? And will the 4GB of RAM be enough? I have a friend telling me that it will be a bottleneck. I can't really think of any other questions at the moment, so I'd appreciate any advice or opinions. Thanks!
Nah, I'm not planning on using CrossFire or any type of dual card setup like that. I'd consider it if I had enough headroom with my current setup, but I'm happy with a single card so I won't go out of my way for it.
About the RAM, I would like to get an HD PVR in the future to record footage from my Xbox 360 and PS3, and I guess that would fall under 'video editing.' If I find 4GB a little sluggish for that, I could always buy some additional RAM down the line, right?
That cpu h/s (CM 212+) come with excellent thermal paste so no need to purchase any. But for what newegg is charging for that h/s it's a total hose job and then some. Look at the Xigmatek GIA for $30 and free shipping, or better yet get it from amazon.