Re: first gaming pc build, would like suggestions.
Patriot RAM is taking a roll of the dice, mate. While they were great back in the days of DDR they are not what they used to be.
I'm not a fan of MSI boards myself. Asus, Biostar, and ASrock have done me good, and Gigabyte is solid as well.
If the card is a great deal then go for it, but don't blow extra money unless you have it to blow. The Vapor X cards have awesome coolers, though.
Do NOT go with a Cooler Master PSU. Look at Antec, OCZ, Corsair (except for the Builder series), FSP Group, Seasonic. Every Cooler Master PSU I have worked with has died and did so at the worst possible time.
As long as the board you get has ACC you can try to unlock the X2 555. TheDancingFetus was able to unlock his into a quad but there are no gaurantees or promises. Even if it doesn't unlock the X2 555 is still a killer dual core for the price.
My Rig: SABLE
Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / EVGA GTX 760 2GB
AMD FX 8320 x8 Black Edition / Gelid Tranquillo / MSI 970A-G43
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB / Samsung 840 120GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB / WD Red 3TB
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1600 - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2x2GB DDR3 1600
Win7 Ult 64-bit - Func MS3 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard
R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter
... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009