I just want to make sure all these parts are completely compatible, I will be using Arctic Silver thermal paste, this is my first build. I know the ram is a waste of money, but it looks way too cool to pass up, and is high quality. The mSATA SSD is compatible because my motherboard comes with an adapter. My main concern was if the ASUS GTX 680 would interfere with my ram slots or sata, heres a screenshot of motherboard, http://rog.asus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/maximus-...
My case supports up to 12.6 inches, and the card is 11.8, but my motherboard is only 9.6, I just want to make sure everything goes okay. Thanks for any feedback ahead of time, i'm open to any tips/suggestions.
Also, I'm assuming that you looked at ASUS' guide to overclocking on the mATX board and that's why you want the Dominator RAM. Most " semi " hardcore gamers will be satisfied with some " basic " 8 GB RAM such as Corsair Vengeance.
Dominator is just marketing IMO. The Vengeance or G.Skill Ares/Sniper would be just as good in gaming. Also, 1600MHz is literally no different with 1866MHz.
And yes, a 670 is only 5% weaker than a 680. That does not justify the price premium when the 670 can easily be OC'd past the 680 clocks.
Closed-loop water coolers are majorly inferior to custom loops, they perform roughly the same as air coolers. I suggest getting a custom kit or just use a high-end aircooler like the NH-D14 or Silver Arrow.