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So close to being done with my build. Just need people to look over it and tell me what they think of it. Please don't be afraid to criticize anything as I want the best computer possible. This is a gaming computer. I'm hoping to play Diablo 3 and BF3 at highest when they come out. I currently play BFBC2 and Starcraft 2. I want to at least hit 4.5ghz on my i5, which I think will be easily possible. My budget originally was $1500. I live in Canada and will be doing price matches on NCIX. On with the build :

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ASrock P67 Extreme4 $170 – newegg.ca
Core i5 2500k $206 –directcanada.com
Noctua NH-D14 $72 –infonec.com
Corsair AX850 $170 –directcanada.com
HAF X $155 –directcanada.com
(2) HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB DDR5 unlocked shaders and OC’d in CF $490 ($245 per) –tigerdirect.ca
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 $82 –directcanada.com
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $75 –newegg.ca
ASUS DRW-24B1ST $23 – newegg.ca
(2) Cooler Master 200mm Red LED Case Fan $22 ($11 per) –bestdirect.ca
(two 200mm red led fans to replace the top non led 200mm and one for the optional spot beside it)

Total price - $1465
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I like my choices with everything except the motherboard and case. That is why I bolded them. These two items have bothered me for the last week and I just cannot decide.

For motherboards I have come down to ASrock Extreme4, ASrock Extreme6, Asus P8P67 Pro (but I have been seeing many threads with problems about this board), and Asus P8P67 Deluxe. The Extreme6 has the most VRM but I don't know if I need that much VRM if I'm only gaming. Honestly this is more confusing then choosing my case. I need more help with choosing a motherboard then my case.

For cases I have been stuck between the HAF X, HAF 932 Advanced, 690 II Advanced and NZXT Phantom (in the sexy new green/black color scheme).

With the NZXT Phantom I won't be able to add the 200mm side fan because of my Noctua NH-D14. I want the side fan because I know the the 6950's are supposed to have high temps. I've seen the tutorial to do it, but it's a tight fit and I don't feel my putting that much work into doing it so this case is a turn off .

The 690 II Advanced looks promising being able to hold like 10 fans, but will probably come to the same price as the HAF X/HAF 932 Advanced once you purchase all these fans. So it's really down to the HAF X, HAF 932 Advanced (both have huge side fans) and the 690 II Advanced which just has a **** ton of fans. Another question I have is will the 690 II Advanced be up to par with the HAF series cases once you max out all the fans?

Sorry for the blobs of text I just really want to make the right choices when purchasing my new computer. Thanks for the help in advanced!
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p67 pro is no prob for me. idk why others were experiencing them

wish ic an say more but im off to class. gl
    
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I would suggest the P8P67 Deluxe. More power phases, front USB 3.0, and dual LAN.

Also, the Thermalright Silver Arrow is a better cooler (and has much better fans included) than the D14.

As far as cases, I like HAF-X and Sniper.
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I would suggest the P8P67 Deluxe. More power phases, front USB 3.0, and dual LAN.

Also, the Thermalright Silver Arrow is a better cooler (and has much better fans included) than the D14.
I've heard that the NH-D14 does better at higher OC's, can you show me your proof or benchmark? Not saying your wrong or anything so don't take it the wrong way, would just like to see.
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have you looked at the Gigabyte UD4 to stay within budget. The D14 and SA are really close in performance within 1-2C of each other. D14 is a shade shorter than the SA which can be an issue with some cases, same with RAM clearance.
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have you looked at the Gigabyte UD4 to stay within budget. The D14 and SA are really close in performance within 1-2C of each other. D14 is a shade shorter than the SA which can be an issue with some cases, same with RAM clearance.
Yes I have looked at the UD4 and UD5 motherboards many times. You could add them to my list of motherboards too, which makes the choice even more hard.

I've looked at this spreadsheet ( http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...therboard.html ) many times and really the only major differences (from what I can see, aka a newb perspective) is the amount of VRM and UEFI/regular bios. I just don't know how much VRM I need. The reason I didn't add gigabyte boards in my OP is because UEFI looks more newb friendly then the regular bios, but I'm sure I can get used to it. Also I don't really need dual lan or bluetooth if this helps slim down the options.
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I've heard that the NH-D14 does better at higher OC's, can you show me your proof or benchmark? Not saying your wrong or anything so don't take it the wrong way, would just like to see.
They're VERY close in performance out of the box. But the Arrow has much better (and quieter) fans included. You'll get the same performance for less money, and it's quite a bit quieter.
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They're VERY close in performance out of the box. But the Arrow has much better (and quieter) fans included. You'll get the same performance for less money, and it's quite a bit quieter.
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/c...octua_nh-d14/2

After finding the review I looked at like a week ago, you can see that at higher OC's theres a big difference in temps. The SA may be quieter but I'm looking for performance.
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I would suggest the P8P67 Deluxe. More power phases, front USB 3.0, and dual LAN.

Also, the Thermalright Silver Arrow is a better cooler (and has much better fans included) than the D14.

As far as cases, I like HAF-X and Sniper.
Not really correct. a good 8 phase mobo can power the sb easily. power phases can kiss my A.

Also saying the silver arrow includes MUCH better fans is an overstatement. take the much out and ill agree with you.

SA and d14 trade blows. depends on the reviewer.

HAFx is nice for the price. it'll definitely give u room. Sniper, meh, not so much. but im not into the HAF series' looks.
    
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Not really correct. a good 8 phase mobo can power the sb easily. power phases can kiss my A.

Also saying the silver arrow includes MUCH better fans is an overstatement. take the much out and ill agree with you.

SA and d14 trade blows. depends on the reviewer.

HAFx is nice for the price. it'll definitely give u room. Sniper, meh, not so much. but im not into the HAF series' looks.
Thanks for your input! I'll probably be going with the HAF X or HAF 932. As for motherboards I still have no clue. :/
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