Advice on 1st homebuilt PC

Advice on 1st PC build
Hello everyone. Please excuse any faux pas I commit since I just joined the forum today :)

I am planning on building my own PC and would appreciate any feedback, advice, recommendations.

The usage will be: gaming (mostly FSX, car racing, and RTS), MS office, and some code / web development.

Me: never built a PC before but I'm a computer scientist and have worked on PC's before. Although for the past 10 years when my I had PC problems at work I called the help line.

Budge: 2-3K, preferably around $2500

Important factors: room to grow, size, noise.

I live in the USA

Here is what I was planning to build:

Case: Cooler Master Eline 430 mid tower (size)

Mobo: Asus P9x79 Deluxe

CPU: i7 3820 processor (do I have to worry about this not having a K?, I though I read that you can still overclock it?)

CPU cooler: I have no idea. I can really use some help on this

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G

SSD: Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive. (x2 in RAID 1)

Optical drive: Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS

PS: SILVERSTONE Strider Gold ST85F-G 850W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified 100% Modular, Active PFC Power Supply

GPU: ZOTAC ZT-60101-10P GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

OS: windows 7 professional 64 bit


Any help is appreciated and thank you in advance
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127671

    I recommend the msi over the zotac since the price is about the same; I don't have much experience with zotac, but at least I know msi has a good rma service if needed.

    I also can't tell you if the 680 is worth the money, since I'm not a gamer; wait for more responses if needed.
  2. You're overkilling that system. Here's a good one: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/d85R

    Put in most of your same components (couldn't find your exact optical drive, got one that's close), but I switched the GPU to a Gigabyte one with good reviews and great cooling. It's an awesome gaming card, so no worries on that front.

    I also put in the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO, which is a good CPU cooler for O/Cing, and much better than stock even if you aren't.

    I dropped the i7 for an unlocked i5 Ivy Bridge and put you at 8GB RAM. More than this (in both areas) is wasted for gaming.

    Total cost is around $1920 including OS but no monitor or other peripherals.
  3. If this is your first build, I recommend purchasing a barebones kit; you'll have all the parts you need to build a computer for around $500. The performance is terrible in comparison to what you probably want, but for another $500 on aftermarket parts, it'll probably be exactly what you want!

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=31&name=Barebone-Kits&cm_sp=Masthead-_-Computer%20Parts-_-Spot%2002
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