The Crosshair Formula IV is a great board but has that small problem that it is not AM3+ and therefore not bulldozer ready. The CM Hyper 212+ is a great air cooler and comes highly recommended by most!
i've heard great things about the croshair IV but the fact that it's not AM3+ isn't a huge deal for me because by the time i buy a new CPU i'll probably be ready to just build a new system all together ( I find it fun to build a new system every couple of years, also it helps me stay in the loop a little)
but thats surprising to hear capatcha, i've heard nothing but good reviews of the hyper 212+, what exactly did you not like about it, and what other coolers would you suggest?
Operating system? and maybe switch to a 2500k? SOOOO much better preformance.
ill be using windows 7 but i already have it, and i thought about getting a 2500k but i've had poor experiences with intel CPU's before and i've always been happy with AMD. would the 2500k really make that big of a difference in gaming?
at high resolutions like at least 1080p there will be very little difference in fps between the 2500k and the 965. but imo you should wait for bulldozer as it is close to launch and get an am3+ mobo of course
Quote>>i probably could but i'm just more comfortable with AMD. /: <<
That sounds like my Grandparents - "I always buy Ford". Look at the price performance and choose based on fact. Both Intel & AMD have things going for them.
A Western Digital "Black Edition" hard drive will greatly outperform the Seagate. The hard drive is as important as any part to the total package. Don't skimp on it. Of course go with a SSD drive if in budget.