RAM: I plan on using quad channel ram, but I think I will be going for 8GB. I don't see a reason to go higher for games due to the nature of game design. Would I be able to use any ram with the heat syncs I've listed? I've heard people complain about the slots getting covered.
HDD: Will be solid state, but that is all I have planned. I will likely just buy a quality brand for the lowest price.
Videocard(s): I am torn as to what I should do for videocard. I am a gamer, and this machine will be purely for gaming on 1-2 monitors running 1920x1280 res. I have had a few friends suggest to me SLI/Crossfire for my build, but I am still leaning toward a single GPU.
So what I am really asking is for a little help on CPU cooling, and video cards for this machine. The PC is purely for Games and I plan to do live streaming with it. (Streaming my games).
If youre absolutely certain you wont be doing any overclocking, just use the stock CPU cooler. Itll get the job done. And if you do decide to do some OC'ing later on, its not that big a problem to swap in a good aftermarket cooler later.
As for video cards, get the best one you can afford. If youre going to be running multiple monitors, youre going to need a good bit of horsepower. The $500 GTX680 is the best single card on the market right now with the $450 7970 right behind it and the $400 GTX670 nipping at its heels. These will be the best way for you to go if youre going to be gaming at resolutions over 1920x1080. If youre not going to overclock your video cards either, Id get the GTX680 if you can afford the $500 price tag.