Hail O Wise Computer Masters.
I have all the parts for my first home built computer on the way. I have just a few first time builder questions that I would like to put out there and see what the PCPER forums have to say.
My Parts List: (Based strongly dream system on the HW Leaderboard)
Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Patriot Extreme Performance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Hybrid RS-D00-SPHA-D3 1300W Intel ATX
Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PNY VCGGTX680XPB GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Pioneer Black Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer SATA BDR-207DBKS
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000) 5.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Throwing these parts into:
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
1. Since this is my first build I was a little wary of my water cooling for my CPU so I went with the big ol Noctua. Space allowing, would it make the most sense to have it pointed up vertically so it vents into the 200mm fan at the top of the case?
2. Should I remove the stock thermal past that comes with the CPU cooler and apply Arctic Silver myself?
I had the means to buy higher end parts and plan on running them at stock speeds until I feel more comfortable.
Please let me know if you see an issues that I may not have forseen.