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September 3, 2013 7:09:45 AM

Hey everybody this is my first post and I am very new to all of this but im planning on my very first build and I am going for dual GTX 780s in SLI. My primary focus for this build is high end gaming and I will be OC the GPUs. From what I've heard however, is that the GTX 780s don't OC very well and therefore my overall questions is whether or not I should pay the money for water cooling or not? Any feedback would be very much appreciated as well as any advice.

I am currently serving overseas in Afghanistan and am planning to build this comp when I return in early October. Thank you to everybody in advance. Semper Fidelis.

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September 3, 2013 7:35:06 AM

First of all, salute to you sir and thank you for keeping everyone safe.

Now, the 780 can be OCed! If OCed with water cooling solution, it would surpass the Titan. It's better to water cool it, specially when SLI'd because there would be little heat in the middle of the 2 cards.
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September 3, 2013 7:44:23 AM

^+1 water cooling sli gpus keeps the cards a similar temps. I can never get my air cooled gpus to behave identically - top card is almost always hotter.
-Bruce
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September 3, 2013 7:45:51 AM

Thank you for your hasty response it means a lot. And I am really leaning towards water cooling the GPUs, however I have no experience with this sort of thing and am ultimately wondering if its worth the time and money. Also I was wondering if the maintenance on water cooling was difficult to maintain and keep up to par so that my performance isn't affected.

Again thank you very much for your advice and I couldn't agree with you more on what you said. Cheers
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September 3, 2013 7:46:20 AM

First off, thank you for your service. If ya come back thru NY, I'd be happy to give you a hand.

Here's a suggested Build..... 2nd post will be the WC stuff

$250 (1) Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis
http://phanteks.com/#&panel1-1&panel2-1

$75 (5) Phanteks PH-F140SP (140 x 140 x 25mm) 1200 ± 250 rpm, 82.1 CFM, 19 dB (A), Static Pressure - 1.33mm H2O
http://phanteks.com/PH-F140SP.html

$300 Corsair AX1200i
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$120 Single Braid Maxcord Cable Set - Customizable - Corsair AX Platinum Series
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20999/psu-cab-103/Sin...

$300 Asus Maximus VI Formula
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$150 (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance Pro CAS 9 DDR3-1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1560 2 x Asus GTX 770 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$540 2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB in RAID 1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$480 2 x Samsung 840 Pro 2.5" 256GB in RAID 0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$70 Asus Blue Ray Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$720 3x ASUS VG248QE Black 23" 144 Hz Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$140 Windows 7 64 Bit Professional OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 3, 2013 7:47:49 AM

WC Portion

Swiftech Dual Extreme Duty Small Form Factor 12 VDC Industrial PWM Pump - Black (MCP35X2-BK)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14961/ex-pmp-173/Swif...

Swiftech MCP35x2 Dual Pump Heatsink (MCP35X2-HS)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16233/ex-pmp-195/Swif...

Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PC-P 80mm x 15mm Ultra Silent PWM Fan - 2500 RPM
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/image/16392/fan-1017_...

AquaComputer Aqualis XT Scratch Resistance Reservoir w/ Fill Level Sensor and LED Holder, G1/4 - Nano Coated (34042)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16775/ex-res-396/Aqua...

AquaComputer Holder for Aqualis Series Reservoirs (34043)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16778/ex-res-397/Aqua...

Aquacomputer Pressure Equalization Membrane G1/4 Thread - Tall Version (53138)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16784/ex-tub-1363/Aqu...

Aquacomputer Temperature Sensor - Inner/Outer Thread G1/4 (Model: AQ-53067)
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Aquacomputer G1/4 Flow Meter Sensor Block USB Version - (Aquaero Series / Poweradjust / Fan-O-Matic Pro / Alphacool Heatmaster) (53129)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16789/bus-316/Aquacom...

Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Double 140mm Radiator 324 x 144 x 60mm (CPU Watts = 145 / Radiator Watts at 10C, 1200 rpm = 164)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16825/ex-rad-426/Alph...

Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Triple 140mm Radiator 468 x144 x 60mm (GPU Watts = 315 / Radiator Watts at 10C, 1200 rpm = 246)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16826/ex-rad-427/Alph... ex-rad-427
XSPC 2 x 140mm Radiator Gasket - 3mm
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20857/ex-rad-629/XSPC...

XSPC 3 x 140mm Radiator Gasket - 3mm
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20856/ex-rad-630/XSPC...

XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Black Edition (Intel) (Sockets LGA 115x / 1366 / 2011)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16546/ex-blc-1168/XSP...

XSPC Aluminum Red Edition Mounting Face Plate - Intel Raystorm CPU Block
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20746/ex-blc-1485/XSP...
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September 3, 2013 7:56:06 AM

Stmarie415 said:
Thank you for your hasty response it means a lot. And I am really leaning towards water cooling the GPUs, however I have no experience with this sort of thing and am ultimately wondering if its worth the time and money. Also I was wondering if the maintenance on water cooling was difficult to maintain and keep up to par so that my performance isn't affected.

Again thank you very much for your advice and I couldn't agree with you more on what you said. Cheers


JackNaylorPE said:
WC Portion

Swiftech Dual Extreme Duty Small Form Factor 12 VDC Industrial PWM Pump - Black (MCP35X2-BK)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14961/ex-pmp-173/Swif...

Swiftech MCP35x2 Dual Pump Heatsink (MCP35X2-HS)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16233/ex-pmp-195/Swif...

Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PC-P 80mm x 15mm Ultra Silent PWM Fan - 2500 RPM
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/image/16392/fan-1017_...

AquaComputer Aqualis XT Scratch Resistance Reservoir w/ Fill Level Sensor and LED Holder, G1/4 - Nano Coated (34042)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16775/ex-res-396/Aqua...

AquaComputer Holder for Aqualis Series Reservoirs (34043)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16778/ex-res-397/Aqua...

Aquacomputer Pressure Equalization Membrane G1/4 Thread - Tall Version (53138)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16784/ex-tub-1363/Aqu...

Aquacomputer Temperature Sensor - Inner/Outer Thread G1/4 (Model: AQ-53067)
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Aquacomputer G1/4 Flow Meter Sensor Block USB Version - (Aquaero Series / Poweradjust / Fan-O-Matic Pro / Alphacool Heatmaster) (53129)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16789/bus-316/Aquacom...

Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Double 140mm Radiator 324 x 144 x 60mm (CPU Watts = 145 / Radiator Watts at 10C, 1200 rpm = 164)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16825/ex-rad-426/Alph...

Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Triple 140mm Radiator 468 x144 x 60mm (GPU Watts = 315 / Radiator Watts at 10C, 1200 rpm = 246)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16826/ex-rad-427/Alph... ex-rad-427
XSPC 2 x 140mm Radiator Gasket - 3mm
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20857/ex-rad-629/XSPC...

XSPC 3 x 140mm Radiator Gasket - 3mm
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20856/ex-rad-630/XSPC...

XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Black Edition (Intel) (Sockets LGA 115x / 1366 / 2011)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16546/ex-blc-1168/XSP...

XSPC Aluminum Red Edition Mounting Face Plate - Intel Raystorm CPU Block
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20746/ex-blc-1485/XSP...



Thank you very much for all of your input I will start going through the links and looking into prices and configurations. This will be the first time that I have ever done WC so im pretty nervous, but at the same time im excited to see the performance results after building this beast.

What do I need to know as far as maintenance for the WC system, i.e. cleaning and flushing, that sort of thing.
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September 3, 2013 7:57:53 AM

adimeister said:
First of all, salute to you sir and thank you for keeping everyone safe.

Now, the 780 can be OCed! If OCed with water cooling solution, it would surpass the Titan. It's better to water cool it, specially when SLI'd because there would be little heat in the middle of the 2 cards.



Thank you very much for your advice I will take everything into consideration it means a lot to have people like yourself supporting me and giving me advice as this is my first time working with WC.
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September 3, 2013 7:59:31 AM

dish_moose said:
^+1 water cooling sli gpus keeps the cards a similar temps. I can never get my air cooled gpus to behave identically - top card is almost always hotter.
-Bruce


Thank you for your advice!! I was thinking the same thing being as the cards would be very close together I was worried about the heat and also the noise from the fans stressing to cool down the cards. Definitely leaning towards the WC route as far as this build goes for sure.
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September 3, 2013 8:33:53 AM

Stmarie415 said:
Thank you very much for all of your input I will start going through the links and looking into prices and configurations. This will be the first time that I have ever done WC so im pretty nervous, but at the same time im excited to see the performance results after building this beast.

What do I need to know as far as maintenance for the WC system, i.e. cleaning and flushing, that sort of thing.


You may wanna check out the series of component top threads starting here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1785226/water-co...



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September 3, 2013 8:49:50 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
Stmarie415 said:
Thank you very much for all of your input I will start going through the links and looking into prices and configurations. This will be the first time that I have ever done WC so im pretty nervous, but at the same time im excited to see the performance results after building this beast.

What do I need to know as far as maintenance for the WC system, i.e. cleaning and flushing, that sort of thing.


You may wanna check out the series of component top threads starting here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1785226/water-co...






Thank you very much for your help you've aided me in making up my mind on the WC decision. Don't know what I would do without you! Again thank you so much! Cheers!
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September 3, 2013 10:02:03 AM

Damn bro, no. THANK YOU for your aid, without guys/girls like you, all hell would break lose. :)  Enjoy your rig!
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September 3, 2013 11:39:13 AM

adimeister said:
Damn bro, no. THANK YOU for your aid, without guys/girls like you, all hell would break lose. :)  Enjoy your rig!


Means a lot to know that people actually still support the military. Thank you for your support and I will keep you guys posted on my new build and if I have any further questions I will make sure to ask. Ive been wanting to build my dream machine since I was a little kid and I have never had the funds to do so and after this deployment I finally have some cash on the side to build my dream rig!

Thanks again for all your support! Cheers!
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September 3, 2013 1:37:42 PM

Of course there are a lot of people like us, some are just not vocal enough. :)  Yea, update us, we'll surely help!
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