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Hello, long time lurker first time poster. I am just about ready to pull the trigger on purchasing new components to build a new pc. Since this is the first time I am going to assemble from scratch, I figured that I would run this build by the community and gather any information/advise on the components I am selecting. My primary use will be gaming (all settings to the max) and some video and photo editing. I also plan to overclock as much as I can. I am going to connect the computer to my Denon AVR (4308CI) receiver, set up in 7.1 surround, which then connects to my Sony LCD (52xbr5).

CPU: i7-2600K
MB: P67 Asus Maximus IV Extreme (REV 3.0)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H70 or Antec Kuhler H20 920 or Noctua NH-D14
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3072MB (I plan on going SLI either immediately or in a month or so)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1866 (2 X 4GB) CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 or G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 2133 (2 X 4GB) F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 128GB
HDD: WD Caviar Black SATA 3 1TB X 2 in RAID 0
PSU: Corsair AX1200
CASE: HAF X
OS: Windows 7 64bit Pro

So just a few questions:
1. I am thinking that the audio though the HDMI connection is sufficient for my home theater system and that I do not need a sound card, or should I get one?
2. I want the computer to be as silent as possible, which the NH-D14 is; however, the RAM that I am looking at won’t fit. That thing is huge, and aesthetically….not so much. I wouldn’t mind sacrificing a few decibels and a cleaner look inside of the case with the H70 or 920. I wouldn’t mind replacing the fans on either of those units for a more silent operation. So that is the dilemma. Which cooler and which ram (and if replacing fans, which ones)?
3. The front fan is connected to a front panel on/off switch to control the LED. I love this feature. Case fans going, and if streaming something or watching a move, the LED can be turned off. I plan on replacing/adding additional LED (or UV) case fans. Any out there which can be “daisy-chained†to the on/off switch on the front of the case? I know Bit Fenix is coming out with some LED fans with a separate LED controller (which fits in an expansion slot on the back of the case) and I think NZXT makes fans that are wired the correct way. Any info on this is highly appreciated.
4. Is a fan controller nessary or are the headers on the MB or connecting directly to the PSU sufficient? There will be a total of 1 X 230mm (front), 3X 200mm (one side pannel, two top). To tidy up the inside and not have the fans going full blast, I am thinking that the NZXT Sentry 2 or LX would be good.
5. Which Windows 7, Home Premium, Pro, or Ultimate?
6. Wait for the Z68? From what I understand, since I am going to be using the GTX 580, eventually in SLI, there is really no benefit to the onboard graphics and the SSD caching is still up in the air.

Thanks in advance for any comments/suggestions, as they are greatly appreciated. Also, thanks for reading through this long post.
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audio is fine since the receiver will do the DAC

H70 is fine, but a custom loop will be better.
If you can afford it, this is a good kit great fo cpu cooling,
http://www.svc.com/r750rs240.html

Fan controller will be necessary if you want to slow you fans down to a tolerable decibel during idle and non intensive work.

i dont like the nzxt sentry series i suggest a sum beam rheabus extreme 2

Go with windows Premium, the ultimate version has features you wont use

z68 is going to be a good chipset, mind as well wait for it if you are wanting to stay as current as possible.
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Hi

I'd go:

CPU: i7-2600K
MB: P67 Asus Maximus IV Extreme (REV 3.0)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 or Silver Arrow
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3072MB (I plan on going SLI either immediately or in a month or so)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 2133 (2 X 4GB) F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 128GB
HDD: WD Caviar Black SATA 3 1TB X 2 in RAID 0
PSU: Corsair AX1200
CASE: DF-85
OS: Windows 7 64bit Pro

But yeah, looks good
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80GB Intel & 128GB 830  2 x WD640 Caviar Black LG DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14  
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Intel® Core™ i5-3210M Laptop  HD 4000 Corsair Vengeance 8GB  
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