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First Gaming Build + Questions

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April 29, 2012 4:23:09 PM

So this is my first time building my own computer from parts. Been doing a lot of research recently trying to make an educated decision. I would appreciate any feed back. I also have a couple of questions at the end.

Motherboard
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ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
132.99
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ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Intel Z68 Board ATX, Intel Z68 Express, Socket H2 (LGA1155), 2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, CrossFireX/SLI, Bluetooth

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
179.99

CPU
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
219.99

CPU Fan
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THERMALRIGHT SILVER ARROW DUAL14CM ROUND FAN HEATSINK

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XRAKLQ/
82.99

Case
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Azza CSAZ-2000 Hurrican Full Tower Gaming Case - E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, 4x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 6x Int 3.5" 2x Int 2.5", 4x 230mm Fans, 4x 120mm Fans, 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, e-SATA, Blue LED

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
139.99

RAM
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Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance LP Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
54.99

Graphics Card
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EVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2682-KR

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SuperClocked-DisplayPort-Gra...
649.95

Hard Drive
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Corsair CSSD-F120GB3A-BK Force Series 3 Solid State Drive 120GB, SATA III (6Gb/s), 2.5", up to 550MB/s Read, up to 510MB/s Write

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
114.99
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Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
99.99

PSU
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RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
99.99

CD/DVD
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LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
22.99



Besides being unsure on the right motherboard, I am also unsure on the power supply. I have noticed people recommend lower one, but what if I am looking to adding another GTX 680 in the future to enable SLI. Would a 850 be large enough?
Also, I am looking to get a full tower. I really like this one because it says it has 8 total fans included. First, can you guys make sure I'm not miss reading that, because that seems like a steal to me. And if that is the case, will either of those two motherboards be able to power that many fans? Or do case fans drawl power straight from the PSU?

Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated!

Thanks
Epison07 - First Time Builder

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April 29, 2012 4:25:26 PM

Also, plan on learning how to overclock just about everything I can. CPU, Memory, Graphics Card. So I want to make sure this box is a cool as possible.
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