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Case: NZXT LEXA S ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 7X3.5INT Front USB Audio eSATA No PS
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K 4 Cores 3.4GHz
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card
RAM: Patriot Sector 5 PGV38G1333ELK 8GB DDR3 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 1.65V
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI USB3.0 Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
PSU (with stock fan): Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
Fan: Coolermaster R4-L2R-20AC 120MM Blue LED Case Fan 2000RPM 69CFM 19DBA 3/4 Pin

I just mainly need an opinion on air cooling. I was initially opting for water cooling but figuring it requires regular maintenance, I'm deciding to go for air cooling instead. So I would highly appreciate input for a great air cooling system/fans =)

Oh and a more specific question is how many fans usually fit in my or any mid-tower case (and also size if you will!) and whether I would need to purchase them all individually or if they all come as stock.

Thank you in advance =D

(Side Note: Title should be "First Build". Whoops!)
Edited by PCUser - 3/20/11 at 9:27pm
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Looks like the case you picked comes with most of the fan spaces filled. (120mm intake in front and side, 120mm rear exhaust, 140mm top exhaust) You may be able to put another fan in the top, but you shouldn't need it. I'm not sure how good the stock fans are though, so you may want to upgrade them.

You'll want an aftermarket CPU heatsink too. Low budget, get a Cooler Master 212+. For a little more you can get a Prolimatech Megahalems, or a Thermalright Venemous X. Or if you have a larger budget the Thermalright Silver Arrow, Noctua NH-D14, or Corsair H70 are all good choices.
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I recommend the noctua NH-D14. Newegg raised the price on it again, but it may go down in a week or less.
    
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RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws X Series (1600MHz CL7/1600MHz CL8)
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Pro or ASRock P67 Extreme4
Hard Drive: Samsung F3 1TB

If you're looking for the best HSF out there, look no further than the NH-D14 or the Silver Arrow. If you're looking for a mid-range HSF, the Ven-X and Megahalems are great options. If you're looking for an inexpensive but good HSF, the CM Hyper 212+ is the way to go.

Edit:
Didn't see Firehawk's post... lol.

Edited by thisischuck01 - 3/20/11 at 10:24pm
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If it's for gaming, I'd recommend the i5-2500K instead of the i7. Games don't use the hyperthreading of the i7 and the .1ghz isn't worth the $100 jump in price.

Also, if you buy a 6950 2gb card, the bios can be flashed to that of the 6970 and save you some more cash.
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@dhcalva hmmm great suggestions. although i have the cash i think i might look into that.

anyways, I have another question for the community. The noctua NH-D14 seems to be quite big up close. Will it fit in my Lexa S case? oh and, just to be safe, would i be correct in assuming that this noctua is a replacement heatsink cooler for the stock one that comes with the purchase of the intel i7 2600k cpu?
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@dhcalva hmmm great suggestions. although i have the cash i think i might look into that.

anyways, I have another question for the community. The noctua NH-D14 seems to be quite big up close. Will it fit in my Lexa S case? oh and, just to be safe, would i be correct in assuming that this noctua is a replacement heatsink cooler for the stock one that comes with the purchase of the intel i7 2600k cpu?
Yes, it's a heatsink for the CPU. One of the best!

EDIT: The cooler should fit in your case. PROOF
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@dhcalva hmmm great suggestions. although i have the cash i think i might look into that.
You can always use the cash you save to put towards something else for it. For example, a larger PSU in case you want to put in a second video card down the road.
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