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My first attempt on building PC

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I always told myself in the past that my next PC is going to be self built. Finally today is the day for me to present my own PC .

CPU - Intel Core i3 2100
Mainboard - ASUS P8H61-M
RAM - Kingston ValuRAM DDR3 2x4GB
GPU - ASUS ENGTX460 DC TOP/2DI/1GD5/V2
HDD - WD Caviar Blue 1TB
DVD - Lite-on DVD Burner
PSU - Rosewill RG630-S12 630W
Case - Rosewill Challenger
TV Tuner - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1250
Firewire - Generic brand legacy PCI Firewire expansion card

My goal is to build a gaming PC with budget in mind. I originally built my PC two weeks ago with XFX HD 6770 (the card is noisy btw). Then I saw Newegg doing an openbox deal on ASUS GTX460 so I told myself why not? Slap the GTX460 in there and plan to resell my XFX HD6770.

Kinda of wish going to H67 full size ATX mainboard instead. Extra expansion slots from ATX sure can come in handy (I can't find a full ATX size H61 mainboard). But I've already installed Windows 7 OEM so I cannot change my mainboard anymore.

Still, I'm very happy with my build. Already done some gaming on it with positive experiences. Any comments or suggestion for my new PC?
Misaka
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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post #2 of 4
Looks good to me could use a bit of cable management. Nice choice with the 460 great card. iirc they don't make any H61 board in full ATX,and I think if you got another board you could still reinstall windows not sure how many times with a OEM copy.
    
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WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
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Samsung 27 inch LED 1920x1080 HD Logitech K120 Seasonic X-760 Modular Fractal Define R4 
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WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
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Technically you don't HAVE to reinstall Windows if you swap your motherboard. You can just pop in the Windows installation DVD and run a Repair on the existing installation.

Is this recommend? No, because it leaves all the old motherboard specific drivers and such lingering on your system.

Clean installations are always recommended when changing the motherboard.
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Intel i5 2500k GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 Patriot Viper Xtreme PXD38G1866ELK Samsung 840 EVO 
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6 x Western Digital 4TB Red Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Corsair HX1000 Watt Norco RPC-4224 
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Core i5-540M Nvidia GTX 260M 6GB DDR3 1066MHz 500GB 7,200rpm 
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6 x Western Digital 4TB Red Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Corsair HX1000 Watt Norco RPC-4224 
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The thing is, I bought Windows 7 OEM edition (not retail edition, but much cheaper). From what I understand, this version locks on to the very first motherboard of your PC and cannot be transferred to another motherboard (unless you guys know something about it?).

I still have a PCIe x1 slot underneath the graphics card. I probably can use a riser cable to use that should I need to use that slot. For now it is good.
Misaka
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
Other
Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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Misaka
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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