I am trying to finalize some decisions on a system that I plan to build in the next few weeks, and I need a few suggestions.
First, I already have the following components:
32 GB of G.Skill Ares 1866 RAM
256 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
4x 1 TB WD Blue 7200 64mb 6Gb/s HDs
Corsair carbide 400r case
Corsair cx750 power supply
I will be buying an i7-3770k CPU.
I need help deciding on which motherboard and cooling system to buy. For the motherboard, I am looking for a board to OC the CPU as well as a board that meets my storage needs.
I am looking to use the SSD as the primary drive for the OS and software. I would like this to be hooked up via SATA III.
I would also like to use the four HDs in a RAID 10 configuration for data storage. I would like them to be all hooked up using SATA III as well.
Clearly this rules out any boards with less than 5 SATA III connections. I have seen several boards that have 6 SATA III connections, but I am confused, because many only use 2 of the SATA III connections for the RAID. The other 2 connections that work with the raid are usually SATA II.
I have been told that the ASRock 277 OC Formula LGA Intel 277 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s would work, but I am not sure that it would fit in my case because I think that it is an oversized board.
As for the cooling system, I am considering between the Noctua DH-14, the Cooler Master TPC 812, and the Corsair H100.
I have a Raedon 4850 that I will use for graphics. Because this machine is for number crunching, I'm not worried about graphics capability. I would appreciate any input on the MB and the cooling system, and I definitely wouldn't saving some money if possible.