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Advice on new high-end watercooled build

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August 25, 2009 4:52:32 AM

Hi all,

Been quite a while since I have been on here, was last time I was building a pc bout 3 years ago. Just as a bit of background my last build was e6700, 4gb ram, raid-0 raptors, 8800gtx sli, 680i etc. Anyway my mate had asked me to design him a pc with a AUD $9k budget and I decided that I wanted a new one as well so the plan is to build 2 identical pcs (except for the blings & colours).

Before I post the current options note the following:
- This rig will be getting heavily overclocked (cpu, vga, and ram)
- I am very undecided on the ram (will trying to have that watercooled make my loop to large?)
- Thinking about maybe watercooling the velociraptors (possibly create a smaller secondary loop for this and ram?)
- Will the psu have enough power?
- Don't know much about raid controllers, how will this suit for the setup?

Thanks in advance for any comments/help/advice

And without further adieu....

MOBO EVGA X58 SLI Classified Hydro Copper
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=141-BL-E76...

CPU Intel® Core™ i7 Processor I7-920
http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLB...

RAM OCZ DDR3 PC3-17000 Flex EX Triple Channel 6GB (2 sets for 12gb)
http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr3_p...

GRAPHICS BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 H2OC 3 (3 of for triple sli)
http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgegtx2851024h2ocwe.aspx

PSU Antec Quattro 1000
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NTk=

SOUNDCARD PCI Express X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series
http://au.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=20...

HDD SYSTEM WD VelociRaptor 300GB (2 in raid-0)
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=494

HDD STORAGE Seagate® Barracuda® 7200.12 1TB (2 in raid-1)
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/desktops/barr...

RAID CONTROLLER RocketRAID 2300
http://www.highpoint-tech.com/

OPTICAL Samsung 22x SATA Dual Layer DVD Burner
http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/detail/detail.do?gro...

OPTICAL Pioneer Blu-ray Player
http://www.pioneer.com.au/Products/Computer%20Drives/Bl...

WATERCOOLING Dangerden Tower-26 Cooling Kit
http://www.dangerden.com/store/tower-26-cooling-kit-480...

CASE Dangerden Tower-26 Black
http://www.dangerden.com/store/dd-tower-26-black-series...

MOUSE Logitech G9x
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/gaming/pc_gaming/all/...

KEYBOARD Logitech G19
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/gaming/pc_gaming/all/...

SPEAKERS Logitech Z-5500
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_p...

SCREEN ASUS 26"
http://www.asus.com.au/products.aspx?l1=10&l2=178&l3=82...
August 25, 2009 6:10:54 AM

Lets see if I can help you out some on your Build.

First off I would change your selection of the SOUNDCARD PCI Express X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series to this Sound card, mainly because of Creative drivers problems.
AuzenTech AZT-FORTE X-Fi Forte 7.1 Low Profile PCI Express Sound Card - Retail $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.auzentech.com/site/products/x-fi_forte.php

Also here are a few very good sites for your Water Cool parts that I suggest you check out.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
http://petrastechshop.com/
http://jab-tech.com/

Right now the #1 rated Water Block is the Watercool HEATKILLER® CPU Rev3.0 1366 CPU.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

The top rate pump is the Swiftech MCP655 with Speed Controller.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmc12vdcpu.html

For Radiators the competition is fierce, these are the tops there, HW Labs Black Ice GTX - Gen II Radiators, TFC XChanger Radiators & Thermochill Radiators.

I personally like metal clamps for my hoses, great selection at this site.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

The largest selection of Reservoirs' can be found at this site and the selection on which one your choose is up to your own preference.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/reservoirs.html

Water Hose Tubing is also very competitive between these three. Tygon, Feser & Primochill, here are some links for tubing you should check out.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/tubing.html

Two good site for Fittings & Connectors are these below.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/fittingstubing.html
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Also all sites I mention above do carry Water Cooling Kits.

Hope this helped you out some.
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August 25, 2009 6:21:36 AM

Thanks mate, I really like the looks of that cpu block and pump, 1200L/hr will certainly keep everything cool :D 

Good call too with the soundcard, I forgot about all the driver problems I had with my X-Fi xtremegamer. Basically had to find the one driver revision that actually worked properly and have been too scared to try any of the updates, the couple of times I tried in the past it just screwed my sound up.

Cheers for the input, I'm new to watercooling so my knowledge of sites and such which stock it all is pretty minimal. Should be fun looking through those you provided.
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