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You would have to upgrade your power supply if you decide to add another card later on, the only downside about buying that PSU. I'm not too sure on newegg's return policy though. I know they'll accept it but you might get charged a restocking fee since its open, but you'll most likely love the sound card.

The UD3H is a great board too and I would recommend that one if you didn't need WiFi, but since that's important to you, I would definitely consider the Mpower. Each board is OC tested from the factory and it just looks plain sexy. Built a rig for a friend using one and it was awesome. thumb.gif

The UD3H and a good wireless network adapter will be roughly the same price as the Mpower so its up to you really.
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Whuddup yall! Just wanted to give a slight update on how Project: First Run is going. I took all you guys great suggestions into consideration and started buying my parts. I've decided to stick with the Asus P8Z77, mainly because iwalkwiththedead here on OCN had it + the 3570k listed for sale at $370. It was just too great of an offer to pass up! Also fell victim to my vanity and picked up the Khuler 620 lol. The Hyper 212 is a great HS, but something about the way the 620 looked in a system made me wanna have one in mine. I also used the 20% off all case fan deals on Newegg and bought me 2 Cosair SP120 High Performance (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181027) for a push/pull setup on my cooler and 3 Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm Blue LED (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103073). I plan on replacing the red LED fan in the Haf 922 and even though I lose the on off functionality, blue and black is too good of a color combination.

As for my next purchase, I'm extremely paranoid about losing out on the Gigabyte 7950 with Crysis 3 & Bioshock Infinite (I REALLY want Bioshock Infinite) so that plans to be my next purchase. After that, I think I'll go for the SSD because the Samsung 840 seemed to have dropped around the $170, so I want to capitalize on that ASAP. Hopefully these two will be copped next week and only thing I'll have to worry about is the PSU (With the fans, I'm going to need more wattage, so any suggestions on those will be great) and finally buying my case to put it all together. It feels like Christmas is coming closer--I even left everything I bought in their boxes. Haven't opened a single part yet!

Thanks for the help again guys!
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Whuddup yall! Just wanted to give a slight update on how Project: First Run is going. I took all you guys great suggestions into consideration and started buying my parts. I've decided to stick with the Asus P8Z77, mainly because iwalkwiththedead here on OCN had it + the 3570k listed for sale at $370. It was just too great of an offer to pass up! Also fell victim to my vanity and picked up the Khuler 620 lol. The Hyper 212 is a great HS, but something about the way the 620 looked in a system made me wanna have one in mine. I also used the 20% off all case fan deals on Newegg and bought me 2 Cosair SP120 High Performance (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181027) for a push/pull setup on my cooler and 3 Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm Blue LED (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103073). I plan on replacing the red LED fan in the Haf 922 and even though I lose the on off functionality, blue and black is too good of a color combination.

As for my next purchase, I'm extremely paranoid about losing out on the Gigabyte 7950 with Crysis 3 & Bioshock Infinite (I REALLY want Bioshock Infinite) so that plans to be my next purchase. After that, I think I'll go for the SSD because the Samsung 840 seemed to have dropped around the $170, so I want to capitalize on that ASAP. Hopefully these two will be copped next week and only thing I'll have to worry about is the PSU (With the fans, I'm going to need more wattage, so any suggestions on those will be great) and finally buying my case to put it all together. It feels like Christmas is coming closer--I even left everything I bought in their boxes. Haven't opened a single part yet!

Thanks for the help again guys!

Dont want burst your bubble, I love the 7950 but you might reconsider as many have purchased the Gigabyte 7950 and it is voltage locked. If your good with that then yes, pull the trigger. The Antec Kuhler is pretty sweet. Using it to cool my i7 920 and have been very satisfied with it. Dont bother with the instructions as they are worthless and will just confuse the hell out of you. There are plenty of youtube vids in the installation process if needed. Good Luck.
 
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Well from my point of view i dropped the mobo, Cooler and GPU. and got you what keeps you going for at least 6 month. then you can upgrade the cooler or add another GPU
here is my build : 1325 $

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($116.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($172.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($464.98 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN951N 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.39 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.88 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Amazon)
Total: $1325.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Dont want burst your bubble, I love the 7950 but you might reconsider as many have purchased the Gigabyte 7950 and it is voltage locked. If your good with that then yes, pull the trigger. The Antec Kuhler is pretty sweet. Using it to cool my i7 920 and have been very satisfied with it. Dont bother with the instructions as they are worthless and will just confuse the hell out of you. There are plenty of youtube vids in the installation process if needed. Good Luck.

I don't really plan to overclock the card too much, but I read it's locked at 1.25v? Would that be good enough for at least entry level overclocking?
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I don't really plan to overclock the card too much, but I read it's locked at 1.25v? Would that be good enough for at least entry level overclocking?

should be...just keep in mind its still a silicon lottery.
 
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