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Alright folks.

I just finalized my 1st build ever and it was for casual use and cost approximately $362.

Now it's time to be a boss and select my ideal gaming build. Budget is $1000 give or take.

As usual CPU is gonna be the i5-2500K now that we know about Faildozer.

Looking to overclock (gonna be using stock first, then air cooling, then water cooling, then ???), hellz yea hi-def gaming, and wanna experiment with RAID, and tinker with those Z68-specific options. I'm planning on getting a Crucial M4 128 GB as boot + games drive, and 2nd that with a WD 1TB Black. So maybe experimenting with Z68 SSD caching would be pointless?

GPU lookin at 560Ti Asus since wanna jump on that free Batman AC package. I heard 570 was loud and I don't want a loud machine...this true?

Here's what I have for my mobo choices:
Maximus IV Gene-Z $300
P8Z68-V PRO $266
P8P67 PRO $263
P8Z68-V $216
P8Z68-M PRO $173
P8Z68-V LE $166
P8Z68-V LX $150

I want Bluetooth, but then again is it worth all that money to get it on-board? Couldn't I just buy a Bluetooth adapter for hella cheap for the same purpose?
    
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P8P67 PRO $263 ??

Where are you living?

It's $170-180 USD.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Core i7 3930K 4.9Ghz Asus Sabertooth X79 EVGA GTX TITAN 1250Mhz KPE/Hybrid BIOS (SOLD) NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti Founder Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
32GB Samsung 30nm 2400Mhz OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung 850 EVO 13000GB HDDs 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
EKWB Custom Watercooling, XSPC, Bitpower, Primo... Windows 10 Pro x64 (1607) ASUS PG278Q G-SYNC (2560x1440) Logitech G910 Onion Spark 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA 850G2 Gold Fractal Design Define S Logitech G502 Logitech G440 
AudioOtherOtherOther
Logitech G933 Xbox One Controller Asus RT-AC68U Hitron CDA3 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
5HP 5HP 5HP 5HP 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
5HP 5HP 5HP 5HP 
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Are you planning on SLI or Crossfire?

If not, have you considered an mATX motherboard and an mATX case?

I have my i5-2500K hooked up to a GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 mATX mobo, within a NZXT Vulcan. It can house two GTX 470s easily when the lower drive cage is removed (don't have that much money, currently housing one 470)
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Surprisingly, those prices are from a popular Taiwan store.

You can check out their prices here (if you can read Chinese...I can't read too much either but you can look at the pics by hovering right-hand side star):

http://www.coolpc.com.tw/evaluate.php

I've always wondered why if all these computer companies are in Taiwan they charge higher prices here??? Pretty dumb

Anyway, I'm not looking to SLI/Xfire if I can help it. Meaning I would like to sport dual and possibly 3 monitors in the future, but they will be used more for productivity rather than gaming. Gaming at most would be on 2 monitors...but if the expenses are not too excessive to support 3 monitors, I may consider SLI/Xfire.

I mainly chose Asus boards cuz of the convenience to get it fixed here if you have problems even though they come with a brand-name premium. However, I am open to other mobo suggestions that are prime for overclocking/gaming.

While I'm at it, any recommendations for memory? I can't find any G.Skill or Corsair memory in that website and it leaves me with limited choices like Kingston, Avexir, Kingmax, UMAX, etc.

Based on my research, I'm thinking 2x4GB DDR3 1600 MHz would be nice, but I'm not sure which brand. Also, is it worth it to get 8GB now or just stick with 4GB? I'm leaning on 8GB just for the headway. I'll be using Linux + Windows 64 bit so I'm guessing it'll support 8GB.
    
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