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November 7, 2013 4:10:32 PM

I have $3000 to spend on a future proof pc. I want to liquid cool the CPU and GPU(s) (Custom water loop). I would like SLI if possible and as much ram as possible. I need a 6 core intel processor and some fans for the radiators. Thanks in advanced. Anything else you need to know just ask.
November 7, 2013 4:17:59 PM

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Anything else you need to know just ask.


You mentioned some potentially irrelevant items (6 core, custom water loop, SLI, budget, etc)....but you neglected to mention the most important aspect:

What will this be used for?
Secondarily, where are you and where are you buying from and when?
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November 7, 2013 4:29:18 PM

USAFRet said:
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Anything else you need to know just ask.


You mentioned some potentially irrelevant items (6 core, custom water loop, SLI, budget, etc)....but you neglected to mention the most important aspect:

What will this be used for?
Secondarily, where are you and where are you buying from and when?

I want to use this PC for hardcore gaming, video editing, rendering. Pretty much an good for anything pc. I Live in Michigan, I plan to buy from what ever WEBSITE has the cheapest price. (Newegg.com, TigerDirect.com, etc.) I'm buying all the parts about a week from now, but it might stretch to about a month.
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November 7, 2013 4:37:26 PM

Case - Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $250.00
PSU - Seasonic X-1250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 1 $239.99
MoBo - Asus Maximus VI Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $299.99
CPU - Intel 4770k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $339.99
RAM - (2 x 8GB) Muskin CAS 10 DDR3-2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99
Hard Drive - Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
SSD - SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $214.99
Optical - Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
Primary GFX Card Asus GTX 780 DCII http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $519.999


Thatz $2254 .... and $543 for the WC stuff below or $2797 .... save the rest if for tubes and fittings or a 144 Hz monitor if ya dont already have.

Why the 780 ? At $500, overclocked it outperforms the more expensive 290x overclocked, SLI over CF still, Lightboost, G-Sync, it fits in the Enthoo in SLI w/ WBs .... BTW, if ya don't have a 120/144 Hz monitor already or are not getting one, LB and G-Sync less of an issue. If ya have or getting a 4k monitor, consider the 290x instead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djvZaHHU4I8 (skip to 8:30 mark for benchies)

Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Double 140mm Radiator 324 x 144 x 60mm (Radiator Watts at 10C, 1250 rpm = 206) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16825/ex-rad-426/Alph... ex-rad-426
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Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper Triple 140mm Radiator 468 x144 x 46mm (Radiator Watts at 10C, 1250 rpm = 302) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16830/ex-rad-431/Alph... ex-rad-431
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EK Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Clean Plexi (EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ) - No Circles [3830046990808 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19628/ex-blc-1442/EK_... ex-blc-1442
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EK ASUS GeForce 780 GTX DCII VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel (EK-FC780 GTX DCII - Nickel) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21270/ex-blc-1529/EK_... ex-blc-1529
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EK ASUS GeForce 780 GTX DCII VGA Liquid Cooling RAM Backplate - Black CSQ (EK-FC780 GTX DCII Backplate - Black) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21273/ex-blc-1532/EK_... ex-blc-1532
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November 7, 2013 4:48:24 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Case - Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $250.00
PSU - Seasonic X-1250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 1 $239.99
MoBo - Asus Maximus VI Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $299.99
CPU - Intel 4770k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $339.99
RAM - (2 x 8GB) Muskin CAS 10 DDR3-2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99
Hard Drive - Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
SSD - SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $214.99
Optical - Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
Primary GFX Card Asus GTX 780 DCII http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $519.999


Thatz $2254 .... and $543 for the WC stuff below or $2797 .... save the rest if for tubes and fittings or a 144 Hz monitor if ya dont already have.

Why the 780 ? At $500, overclocked it outperforms the more expensive 290x overclocked, SLI over CF still, Lightboost, G-Sync, it fits in the Enthoo in SLI w/ WBs .... BTW, if ya don't have a 120/144 Hz monitor already or are not getting one, LB and G-Sync less of an issue. If ya have or getting a 4k monitor, consider the 290x instead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djvZaHHU4I8 (skip to 8:30 mark for benchies)

Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Double 140mm Radiator 324 x 144 x 60mm (Radiator Watts at 10C, 1250 rpm = 206) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16825/ex-rad-426/Alph... ex-rad-426
$76.99

Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper Triple 140mm Radiator 468 x144 x 46mm (Radiator Watts at 10C, 1250 rpm = 302) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16830/ex-rad-431/Alph... ex-rad-431
$84.99

EK Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Clean Plexi (EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ) - No Circles [3830046990808 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19628/ex-blc-1442/EK_... ex-blc-1442
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EK ASUS GeForce 780 GTX DCII VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel (EK-FC780 GTX DCII - Nickel) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21270/ex-blc-1529/EK_... ex-blc-1529
$114.99

EK ASUS GeForce 780 GTX DCII VGA Liquid Cooling RAM Backplate - Black CSQ (EK-FC780 GTX DCII Backplate - Black) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21273/ex-blc-1532/EK_... ex-blc-1532
$29.99

EK-MultiOption RES X3 250 - Liquid Cooling Reservoir - White Acetal (6 Total Ports)
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$62.99

Swiftech MCP35X 12v PWM Controlled Water Pump - White
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Does this support SLI, and also, I'm new to this kind of cooling, so I need everything on the list, tubing, clamps etc
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November 7, 2013 5:03:51 PM

Yes it supports SLI and the MoBo has waterblock preinstalled. You can find pictures, case measurements and build histories for several builds in this thread

http://www.overclock.net/t/1418637/phanteks-enthoo-prim...

I'm using twin pumps, dual SSDs and HDs, SLI and rigid acrylic tubing but otherwise pretty much the same build. I'd do some research and see whether ya wanna go with clamps or compression fitting..... but you will need either 2 barbs or 2 compression fittings for each item....OCN is a good source for an eductation on WC.

Pump - 2
Res - 2 (3 if ya use a fill port)
rad 1 - 2
Rad 2 - 2
CPU Block - 2
MoBo Block - 2
GPU 1 Block - 2
GPU 2 Block - 2
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November 7, 2013 5:17:26 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Yes it supports SLI and the MoBo has waterblock preinstalled. You can find pictures, case measurements and build histories for several builds in this thread

http://www.overclock.net/t/1418637/phanteks-enthoo-prim...

I'm using twin pumps, dual SSDs and HDs, SLI and rigid acrylic tubing but otherwise pretty much the same build. I'd do some research and see whether ya wanna go with clamps or compression fitting..... but you will need either 2 barbs or 2 compression fittings for each item....OCN is a good source for an eductation on WC.

Pump - 2
Res - 2 (3 if ya use a fill port)
rad 1 - 2
Rad 2 - 2
CPU Block - 2
MoBo Block - 2
GPU 1 Block - 2
GPU 2 Block - 2


Honestly the thought of getting this PC is giving me a boner. Also do you have an estimate of the size of tubing and or how many feet of tubing I should need as a beginner? Do you think it'd be better to put the reservoir on the outside (for looks) or on the inside for safety?
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