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High-end system pre water cooling - any bottle necks?

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April 21, 2010 8:32:23 PM

I am going to build a new computer that I intend to watercool later on, when I see that everything works and when I muster the courage. Watercooling is to reduce noice. It will be bought in Europe so don't bother with small differences in cost. Before buying I would very much appreciate feedback in case I have chosen parts that don't match or that have unnecessary bottlenecks (sorry for eventual puns with respect to the watercooling... :)  )

Screen: DELL U2711 ULTRASHARP 27# WIDE TFT TCO-03 BLACK (I want to edit several documents at the same time + use it for video display).
Case: CORSAIR FULLTOWER OBSIDIAN 800D EATX BLACK (I want the window, and I presume that 140 mm fans are more silent than 120 mm fans).
Motherboard: ASUS P6TD Deluxe, X58, Socket-1366 (comments on the socket?)
Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-930 Quad Core, 2.8Ghz, Socket 1366, 8MB, 130W, Boxed w/fan
Graphics Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0,"PCS+", 2xDVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort
Memory: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz 6GB CL9 Kit w/3x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL9-9-9-24, for Core i7
Power: Corsair HX 750W PSU
HD 1: WD VelociRaptor® 600GB SATA 10000RPM, 32MB, 3,5", 6 GB/s
HD 2: WD Caviar SE16 500GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM

Lite-On Blu-Ray Reader IHOS104-37
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard, Blue light
Speakers: Logitech Z523 Dark
Mouse: not decided yet...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (It will not be used as a server)


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tuesday April 26th BUDGET RANGE: approx 3000 $ (including screen)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: image processing, gaming, database processing (DB processing does not require much...)

OVERCLOCKING:Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (later on when it is time to upgrade...)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 or better

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As I am going to water cool I would like to have a window to show off a little...
April 21, 2010 8:44:18 PM

Got some changes.

First, switch that board to either the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R or the Asus P6X58D-E. These are more future proof with USB 3/SATA III support.

Second, ditch the WD HDDs. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 and Seagate 7200.12 (500 GB or 1 TB) are both faster than than the Caviar. The VelociRaptor is faster, but it's too expensive. I'd suggest getting a 128 GB SSD in its place for about $350-375. A SSD will be an order of magnitude faster.

Finally, I would ditch the Corsair Dominators. Corsair's sticks are usually very expensive, especially their dominators. Instead, find the cheapest set of 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks you can find. Or pick up the Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 sticks. They're the fastest available today.
April 21, 2010 9:09:26 PM

Many thanks for the extremely fast comments MadAdmiral! I am very impressed.
I will switch to;

MB: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, X58, which is slightly cheaper than ASUS P6X58D-E X58 S-1366 MATX where I buy it. HAd to read a little and I cannot see much difference between them (Gigabyte seems sligtly better at a quick glance).

HD 1: KINGSTON V+ DRIVE 128GB SSD SATA/300 MLC KIT
HD 2: SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3 1TB SATA/300 7200RPM 32MB*

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April 21, 2010 9:14:27 PM

The Asus has 18 phase power, the Gigabyte has 8 phase (I think). No idea if that actually affects performance, but 18 phase seems to be more of the standard in newer boards.

I'm also of the opinion that Asus has slightly higher quality for Intel boards, but that's not really based in fact.
April 21, 2010 9:45:20 PM

Hm, the number of phases on the power is a little beyond my knowledge. In fact I had to consult Wikipedia just to check what it is...

The Gigabyte has one more PCI slot, but on the other hand I will probably not need it.
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