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Ok going with the CM HAF X case over the Antec 902. Will also hopefully be adding and replacing one fan with three 200mm Red LED case fans for some more color to the case. I just hope they are the right fans and will fit especially with the D14 installed.
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How big of an SSD will I need later on? would 64gb be good? Also should I get a bluray drive as well? And is there anything else I should change or is this build good for building. I really want to run games like WoW, LoL and SWtoR on high-max settings and maybe some shooters too.
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Only suggestion I can make is to switch out the case for something else. The 902 is outdated and wasn't ever particularly special, and that's coming from someone who had the original 900. Fractal Design's cases, Corsairs 400R/500R, Cooler Master 690 II Advanced, are all in the same price bracket or cheaper.

The components look great, otherwise.
I second the 400R suggestion, Corsairs cases are unbeatable right now.
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I second the 400R suggestion, Corsairs cases are unbeatable right now.
I looked into I and they are nice cases, the 400 and 500r but im really learning to love the HAF X right now. Does anyone have any opinions on the NZXT HAVIK 140 CPU cooler?
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How big of an SSD will I need later on? would 64gb be good? Also should I get a bluray drive as well? And is there anything else I should change or is this build good for building. I really want to run games like WoW, LoL and SWtoR on high-max settings and maybe some shooters too.
If you use Intel's Smart Response Technology that comes on Z68 boards (like yours) you can basically make a hybrid HDD/SSD system. The chipset uses up to 40GB of an SSD as a cache for the HDD. Commonly used programs and files are stored on the SSD. This increases performance over time, and you can get SSD read speeds for a much lower cost (if you get a 30GB SSD).

You can also set it up so a bigger SSD uses 40GB toward the cache, and the remaining for something like the operating system. Pretty cool if you ask me.

From what I can tell, however, write speeds seem to be a tad slower since it has to write to both the SSD and the HDD.
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So if I understood correctly I wouldn't need to spend a fortune on an SSD? Im a little confused as im still pretty new to some of this stuff. Haha does the mobo automatically do what you said about using cache or do I have to do it myself? Im not even sure I asked the right questions. Haha
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So if I understood correctly I wouldn't need to spend a fortune on an SSD? Im a little confused as im still pretty new to some of this stuff. Haha does the mobo automatically do what you said about using cache or do I have to do it myself? Im not even sure I asked the right questions. Haha
Exactly!

It's a piece of software you install that should come on the motherboard CD. You configure the caching within that program, it will even detect the SSD for you! I'll be able to tell you the exact name once I'm home, but it's Intel Smart Response or Intel Storage something... Can't recall right now.

Just get an SSD near 40GB (doesn't matter if it's less, from what I understand) and install it. Then set up the program to use it as cache and viola!

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Exactly!

It's a piece of software you install that should come on the motherboard CD. You configure the caching within that program, it will even detect the SSD for you! I'll be able to tell you the exact name once I'm home, but it's Intel Smart Response or Intel Storage something... Can't recall right now.

Just get an SSD near 40GB (doesn't matter if it's less, from what I understand) and install it. Then set up the program to use it as cache and viola!

EDIT:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGD48ihLQCI
Thanks for the tip and the video now I don't ha e to spend 115+ on a huge ssd. That will help me out a lot. So also should I try to get myself a bluray drive as well making this kind of a media/gaming rig? Is there a certain brand you'd recommend?
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My build is pretty similar to yours and I love it so far. This was my first build and I had no problems, took probably about 3 hours to build and install windows. The only thing I would suggest is getting a video card with some more VRAM; I have more than you (1.3 gb to 1) and I've been using all of it in the BF3 beta. If your looking in the $200-300 dollar range I would suggest a 6950; they have 2 gb of VRAM and some can unlock to 6970's, a $370 card. Other than your build looks good.
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Thanks for the tip and the video now I don't ha e to spend 115+ on a huge ssd. That will help me out a lot. So also should I try to get myself a bluray drive as well making this kind of a media/gaming rig? Is there a certain brand you'd recommend?
That's up to you, really. I don't have one on mine, but that's because I have a PS3 that I use for movies/media center activities. If you have money left over on your build, I'd say why not?

As for good Blu-ray brands, I'm not much help there either. When I'm at a loss, I generally just look at reviews on websites like Newegg and the like. Usually very helpful.
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