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New Haswell/Ivy Bridge-E & 700 Series Build

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May 2, 2013 11:17:05 PM

Long story short is that I made a parts list for my first build (i7 3770K), then found out that Haswell + Ivy Bridge-E + Nvidia's' 700 series GPU's are all coming soon. I'm now making up a parts list for a Haswell / Ivy Bridge-E build. my budget for these parts (Excluding Motherboard, GPU, CPU and RAM) is around £650. For the entire build including motherboard, CPU, GPU and RAM my budget is around £1400. (£750 to spend on Motherboard, CPU, GPU and RAM)
I'm looking for some advice on water cooling components / how I can save money (can't get cpu block because there aren't any for the new LGA 1150) because at the moment they're running me around £280.

Questions:

Should I use 2x240mm or 2x280mm radiators?
Can I save money anywhere with the water cooling?
Are there any red bladed case fans without LED's good for cooling radiators? - I'm doing a black and red themed build

Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD £80*
XFX XXX Edition Semi-modular 80 plus 750W £88
WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD £66*
2 x Bitfenix Alchemy LED Connect red or white 30cm strips £34
NZXT Switch 810 Gunmetal grey £148* - (Can't change the case, brought it)
COMPONENT TOTAL: £416

Water Cooling
Swiftech MCP655 1200 L/ph Pump w/ variable speed control £70
Primochill Primoflex pro 1/2" iD tubing black 2m £13
Mayhems Aurora Supernova Clear coolant £15
Hardware Labs Black Ice GT Xtreme GTX 240 Rad £57 x 2
MCRES Micro Rev2 £22
Aerocool Shark RED Led 120mm fan x 4 £30
Aerocool Shark Black 120mm fan x 2 £13
WATER COOLING TOTAL: £277

TOTAL = £693 + £750 (for CPU, GPU, MOBO & RAM) = £1443 (Too much)


May 3, 2013 9:35:03 AM

Thanks for the advice!
I'm not sure, barbs are cheaper but Compression fittings look awesome...
The only reason I picked that res is because it's small and Linus recommended it on his Ultimate Water Cooling Guide,I'd rather keep by 5.25" drive bays clear for other things.
Thanks for the list! I'll have a look at the fans, see which are the most bad-ass.
Basically, some are saying that it will still use Socket 2011, while some say it will use a new X99 board and will not be backwards compatible with older 2011 boards, I might hold out?
I'm going to wait for the 700 Series to come out before I pick a VGA block

a few last questions, what size hose should I use? in terms of iD and OD?
Also, I'll be doing a mostly black, with hints of red theme, should I use white or red LED strips to light it up with?
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May 3, 2013 9:40:44 AM

It's near impossible to recommend a system based around hardware that isn't out yet. If you want the NVIDIA 7XX series you'll be waiting until next June. The Radeon 8XXX series are due out later this year. You won't benefit from going X79 for a gaming rig - go with the Z87 Haswell series instead.

The hardware you do have, I would ditch the fancy lighting - you don't really need it. And instead of that Kingston Hyper X drive I would recommend an OCZ Vector or a Samsung 840 Pro, those are far better for the money.
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May 3, 2013 10:17:32 AM

Noob12 said:

Basically, some are saying that it will still use Socket 2011, while some say it will use a new X99 board and will not be backwards compatible with older 2011 boards, I might hold out?


No that is completely false - there's no such thing as X99 and there probably never will be. Ivy Bridge-E was confirmed by Intel several months ago to continue using LGA 2011.
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May 3, 2013 10:42:09 AM

g-unit1111 said:
It's near impossible to recommend a system based around hardware that isn't out yet. If you want the NVIDIA 7XX series you'll be waiting until next June. The Radeon 8XXX series are due out later this year. You won't benefit from going X79 for a gaming rig - go with the Z87 Haswell series instead.

The hardware you do have, I would ditch the fancy lighting - you don't really need it. And instead of that Kingston Hyper X drive I would recommend an OCZ Vector or a Samsung 840 Pro, those are far better for the money.


I've read on many sources that the 700 series are coming out either at the end of may or in June? The parts for the pc I picked for aesthetics, such as the red fans. Also, for a cpu plut 1 high-end gpu or 2 mid-range gpu's 2 x 240mm rads is enough. Who said this was a gaming rig? If anything I'll be using this for feature-length video editing / rendering (using mostly Cinema 4D, Sony Vegas Pro 11/12 and Adobe After Effects) just as much as gaming. I probably won't be able to afford Ivy Bridge-E.
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May 3, 2013 10:53:58 AM

TheDigitalRealm said:


I've read on many sources that the 700 series are coming out either at the end of may or in June? The parts for the pc I picked for aesthetics, such as the red fans. Also, for a cpu plut 1 high-end gpu or 2 mid-range gpu's 2 x 240mm rads is enough. Who said this was a gaming rig? If anything I'll be using this for feature-length video editing / rendering (using mostly Cinema 4D, Sony Vegas Pro 11/12 and Adobe After Effects) just as much as gaming. I probably won't be able to afford Ivy Bridge-E.


Oh I kind of assume that it's a gaming rig (since 90% of the posts on this forum are usually gaming rig requests) if people don't say otherwise. :lol: 

But as far as the NVIDIA 7XX - I've heard that production delays on the processor itself will delay the cards until next year but I don't know how accurate my sources are.
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May 3, 2013 11:22:03 AM

g-unit1111 said:

Oh I kind of assume that it's a gaming rig (since 90% of the posts on this forum are usually gaming rig requests) if people don't say otherwise. :lol: 

But as far as the NVIDIA 7XX - I've heard that production delays on the processor itself will delay the cards until next year but I don't know how accurate my sources are.


Yeah, no worries because it's gonna be put through it's paces in terms of gaming. If I can afford IB-E I'll go for it, otherwise I'll get the Haswell 4770K. Well, It's going to be a summer-long build, so I won't be getting a GPU until mid-June, if the 700 series comes out I'll get it. I've heard it will go something like this.
Titan LE = GTX 780
GTX 680 OC = GTX 770
GTX 670 OC = GTX 760ti
And so on... If this is true, getting what is basically 2 gtx 670's for a similar price to 2 660 ti's (my original plan) would be nice, considering the price of 670's is silly.
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May 3, 2013 10:47:09 PM

Just adding the cost up *sharp intake of breath. I may just go with water cooling my cpu for now, then add a gpu to the loop later.
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May 4, 2013 3:09:53 AM

I so wish I could get into water cooling seems like a neat experience too bad i move too much and fear something may break
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