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First time homebuild. Check my work please?

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July 7, 2012 6:41:53 AM

So I'm building a computer for the first time and I wanted to get my build checked by some experts. I have done a fair amount of research up to this point and I'm pretty sure that all of my components are compatible (feel free to prove me wrong though). My biggest concern is that my motherboard doesn't have enough I/O bells and whistles to handle the case I want to get. I also have already been pushing the price of my build so if my motherboard isn't quite right I don't want to spend to much more on one. Anyway thanks for looking over my stuff!

My Build:

Case: APEVIA X-TROOPER Series X-TRP-GN
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144267

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Video card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

Power supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

Hard drive: Seagate SV35 Series ST3500411SV 500GB - It's a little smaller than I'd like because I'm planning on getting a SSD later when I have a little more money
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148728

Disk drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Screen: ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236079

Extra questions:

So I'm worried that I won't have enough places to power the five fans that come with the case. Do you plug these directly into the power supply or into the motherboard?

Also I noticed that the motherboard only had two internal I/O USB plugs, does this mean that I can only plug two of my case's USB ports in?

Furthermore does the motherboard have the correct plugs for the rest of the stuff on the case's I/O?

And lastly will the heat sink and fan that the CPU comes with be enough for cooling or will I need a more powerful one? Will I need a more powerful one if I overclock the CPU (which I may do eventually)? If I do need a more powerful one would this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057) be a good one?

Lastly (for reals this time) what version of windows 7 operating system should I get?

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July 7, 2012 7:06:25 AM

first, looks like you did a really nice job. although not a fan of asrock, but that's just me

the motherboard has 6 USB2.0 connections (3 headers) and 2 USB3.0 connections (one header). the case only has 4 USB 2.0 ports so you are fine. the HD audio and esata I/O connections are fine too, but you might want to consider a case with USB3.0

the board only has/CPU/power/chassis fan connectors. so I assume that means 3 connections. you can use some y's, a fan controller, or just plug them into the PSU. that's what I would do as mine are quiet and I like them on full. may need a molex adapter.

you will need to replace the stock heatsink for overclocking. the hyper 212 is the normal cheap suggestion.

For windows, if you want 7 just get OEM 64 bit home premium. if you think you might want 8 (I hate it) you can download and run the beta for free until it comes out, or just to try.
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July 7, 2012 7:14:38 AM

1) My advice to all first builders: Microcenter! If you have a store even remotely near you, you can save boatloads! For instance, you can pick up a 3570k for 189.99 and bundle the Extreme4 for 89.99! That almost 80 bucks right there!
2) You should have enough for some but not all, meaning that you can plug the extras into a molex connector with your psu and they will always run.
3)It has 2 usb 3.0 connectors but 6 usb 3.0 connectors so you should be able to plug in all your front panel usb ports
4)Usually, with cpu's that nice, people tend to order after market cpu coolers. I have a water cooling kit by corsair on my 3570k, but if you dont want to spend the cash, go with a Cooler Master 212+ or Cooler Master Evo. They are both FANTASTIC aftermarket cpu coolers. And if you do want to overclock, i can suggest nothing but what I have, which is a corsair H-100. I dont know if that will fit in your case (link is broken) but it is a zero matinence water cooling kit that i gave a 5 star review on newegg. Its just a great water cooling kit!

I hope i answered all of your questions and sorry for bad grammar and spelling im on my ipad :) 
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July 7, 2012 7:16:28 AM

Grrrrr i was beaten to it, but basically I would also agree with the OEM win 7 Home premium :) 
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July 7, 2012 7:33:39 AM

So I looked at the picture closely and I saw that the board has two 4 pin fan headers and two three pin fan headers. Ikd what exactly that means but that's what I saw. Hope that helps.
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July 7, 2012 7:36:03 AM

Dupontrocks11 said:

4)Usually, with cpu's that nice, people tend to order after market cpu coolers. I have a water cooling kit by corsair on my 3570k, but if you dont want to spend the cash, go with a Cooler Master 212+ or Cooler Master Evo. They are both FANTASTIC aftermarket cpu coolers. And if you do want to overclock, i can suggest nothing but what I have, which is a corsair H-100. I dont know if that will fit in your case (link is broken) but it is a zero matinence water cooling kit that i gave a 5 star review on newegg. Its just a great water cooling kit!

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You wouldnt really need an aftermarket cooler if not OCing and it doesnt depend on how awesome the processor is :p 
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July 7, 2012 7:55:19 AM

So I was looking at cases and I was wondering how important filters are? I like the structure of the APEVIA case and the green led's but this case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066) is also good. I can understand that the filters would keep dust out of the system but how important is that?
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July 7, 2012 4:12:32 PM

Nw333 said:
You wouldnt really need an aftermarket cooler if not OCing and it doesnt depend on how awesome the processor is :p 


Yes, but in reality, how many gamers on this site use the stock cooler? You are right that the stock cooler would work, but no one actually uses it! Especially since the IV bridge runs a little hot and its the overclocking model, so the stock cooler doesnt do the PERFORMANCE justice it deserves.
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July 7, 2012 4:19:15 PM

rondogboy said:
So I was looking at cases and I was wondering how important filters are? I like the structure of the APEVIA case and the green led's but this case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066) is also good. I can understand that the filters would keep dust out of the system but how important is that?


Yep filters basically keep the dust out, but in my opinion they arent really that important. As long as you keep a balance between the positive and negative pressure in the case, dust build up will be minimum :D 
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