HD1 - Western Digital Raptor 36GB SATA
HD2 - Maxtor Diamondmax 10 300GB SATA
HD3 - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA-II
Sound - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music 7.1
Case - Lian-Li PC-7B plus + window panel
OS - Windows XP Professional 64bit edition
now my next planned upgrade will be the graphics to either a 4870 or a 4870x2 (just the 1 card though) and then after that i'm maybe looking at a water cooling kit and try push the CPU (already done overclocking with many AMDs but just on air) for now though i'm leaving the CPU at stock which on retail h/s.
Questions are -
1) are there any other upgrades that might be worth looking into?
2) What would be a nice and tidy water cooling kit for just the CPU? (looking at 1/2 ID hose kit for max flow)
bare in mind i'm based in the UK (for prices and choice of shops)
The P5Q Motherboard supports 8 Gigs of ram doesn't it? Why not double up on the ram? A very cheap upgrade...
On the other hand, you may want / need Windows Vista after you double up on that ram...
As for the liquid cooling. I have no experience with it, but it scares me.
There is the potential for condensation collecting inside the case. This water can then drip directly onto your components. If you have your PC in a basement or an area that isn't climate controlled, it could cause problems. ("Could" doesn't mean "Will") With a liquid cooling system, I'd be nervous about kicking the A/C off and opening a window on a summer day.
2) I'd swap that cpu block out for D-TEK FuZion v2 CPU Block. It's better than the other one. Also, swap out the RAD for a dual-fan one. The ATI cards are rather hot. Pick out the gpu blocks. Revise that list and repost in cooling forum.
Yup, it's that watercooling can cause condensation, but you can monitor the temps and keep them 10C-ish above ambient. Adjust the pump/fan speed.