What I Ordered so far and I am looking for suggestions on Case/cooler/MOBO.
Only MOBO I really considers is the ASUS X58 Sabertooth
Cooling thinking about the Cooler master V8 or H50
Cases I am looking at though I am having the most trouble picking: Cooler Master HAF 912 and the Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced.
I do plan on overclocking later would like min. 3.8 but prefer to push at least 4.0. Take that into mind for cooler/case.
I am about $866 right after I get rebates. So I still have alot of room for shopping considering I was gonna spend $1500.
But now I plan on sticking under $1100, but take into mind I have a $150 gift card for Amazon.com to spend on MOBO which will shave the cost.
Thanks for all feedback and suggestions.
BTW those 2 GTX460's are still on sale at new egg, and you do get rebates on both of them. You can get a better deal than a gtx 460 for $130 after rebate.
I'm pretty sure all of the cases mentioned so far can fit the 212, even the 300, which is the smallest of the bunch. Dunno about the V8, but I haven't heard the greatest things about that cooler anyways.
Actually, I need to correct myself...Tom's fit a Hyper TX3 in an Antec 300, but that's 19.5 mm, or 0.77 in, shorter than the 212+. Not sure if the 212 will fit in a 300 or the 690. It will fit for sure in the HAF 922/HAF 912 though.
Edit: In Tom's "Gaming Enclosures for Under $50" they said that the 300 will hold "oversize components" They show the components installed, but don't say what they are. The cooler looks like a 212, but I'm not positive. It only shows the top. The TX3 was from the last system builder marathon.
I have a Xigmatek Balder in one of my 300s. The hyper 212 will fit fine. You need something like 7.75 inches wide for a 120mm cooler to fit. The 300 is 8.1 inches wide and fits those coolers comfortably. Its as wide as the Antec 900/902 and can probably fit an Noctua NH14. The side panel fan slot is positioned over the PCIE slots so you can still mount a side fan and not interfere with the CPU cooler.
The V8s performance is about the same as the Hyper 212 plus. Its more expensive for the looks, not its cooling capacity.