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building new DDR3 computer for the least cost :-)

Time for an upgrade, so I want to build a system with DDR3 memory (would like to be on the front side of the curve for a change). Thinking I'll go with AMD cpu (either dual or quad, not sure yet-any suggestions?) so I'm looking at corresponding motherboards and will get either 2 or 4 Gbs of ram (1333 Mhz). (already have an EVGA GTS 250 1 gB video card and Ultra 600 watt ps).

So, any suggestions or caveats on components to build a DDR3 system??
motherboards- (e.g. ASUS M4A78T-E, Gigabyte MA785GMT, MSI 790GX-G65)
memory- (are ocz or corsair any good? either preferred over the other?)
fans- i like the ZEROtherm / Butterfly BTF90. (some of the fan systems are monsters. want something tidy and efficient)
And are these 32 bit systems? Are 64 bit systems clearly notated as 64 bit systems?

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