New Build Compatibility and general advice

Hello Everybody,

I've put together an extremely basic build right now that I'm planning on expanding over the next few months/year. I will be adding things like GPU(s), water cooling, etc etc. I was wondering if my build was compatible and if there were any things I could cheaply improve on, or if I am getting useless parts that are not for me.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19404645

Some things I'm skeptical on.

1) Is the motherboard I currently have overpriced for its TUFF armour, or is it actually good?

2) Considering that fact that I WILL expand, do I need a full or mid tower?

3) Is the current CPU right for my needs? Is it overkill?

4) Is my PSU too much? (750 W)



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Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime before the end of this year

Budget Range: Under 3k (budget is constantly growing, at 1k right now)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Homework, media (music/pictures/video), gaming (if I ever decide to play one)

Parts Not Required: RIGHT NOW, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: America

Parts Preferences: Asus, Intel

Overclocking: If I ever manage to figure out if I need to or not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe someday in the future

Monitor Resolution: Something... good

Additional Comments: I don't care about looks, I care about performance. Nothing I do is very professional, so I have something thats overkill, don't hesitate to tell me. I don't game, but if and when I have a computer that can manage a game or two I might get into it.
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  1. Alright, have you considered the Cooler Master Storm Trooper? It's got better cooling than the HAF-X.

    Also, are you going to run on the stock cooler first? Then jump over to water?
  2. Full tower if you plan to expand later on.

    I would prefer the cm haf-x if you are doing water cooling in the future.
  3. amuffin said:
    Alright, have you considered the Cooler Master Storm Trooper? It's got better cooling than the HAF-X.

    Also, are you going to run on the stock cooler first? Then jump over to water?


    Thanks, I forgot about cpu coolers! I'll look into that case also. I think I like it better than the one I had earlier...

    My question about my cpu still stands!
  4. Also, does anyone have recommendations on after market coolers?
  5. WC can be done on a Mid-Tower like the HAF XM.
  6. azeem40 said:
    WC can be done on a Mid-Tower like the HAF XM.


    The one I have chosen right now, the HAF 932, is just 20$ More.
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