Putting together a new rig and would appreciate any feedback, suggestions or advice! My main uses for this thing will be trading, gaming, and all around computing in that order. I want to do a custom water cooling kit and will be overclocking the CPU as well. Who do you guys recommend for custom water cooling kits and what is an estimate for total cost?
I think you should retain the motherboard since apparently, you're shooting for some very high overclocks. But what about dropping the CPU to the i7 970 and using this RAM set:
G.SKILL PI Series 6 GB, 1600 MHz, CAS 7 set x 2 ($300)
That saves you a total of $420. Put that on GPU budget (for a total of $1090) and get two GTX 480s.
These are $440 after rebate, so GPU total of $880. Use the $210 saved towards better water-cooling components and fans.
As a disclaimer, I'm assuming you're aware that this is massively overkill for your intended usage and that you probably won't benefit much if at all over a $2000 rig for gaming and trading.
EDIT: I'm saying drop the CPU to the i7 970 (which is also a 32 nm hyperthreading six core) because you save $120 for a measley 133 MHz. Since you are planning to water cool and do insane overclocking, it won't matter.
Personally unless you really want to save money I wouldn't make any of the downgrades mentioned. 4 vertex 2 drives with a raid controller are round the coolest thing you can fit in a system I really wouldn't leave it out unless you must(of course it's pointless for just win7 but considering the size of that partition I'm assuming you'll put your apps and games on it aswell.
As for the CPU I would throw tha 970 idea away as fast as you can even though morton is right in usual builds when you get lucky here you can get a 980 that clocks to 4.5 easily whereas 970s aren't unlockewd and just can't clock that high.
As for the ram the one you listed is better if you need the money get the G.skill if you don't stick with the dominators.
As for the dual 480. The problem is you want something overclockable that supporets many screens(or so I assume when you want an eyefinity card) and somehing that performs and the 5970 eyefinity is the only card on the market that fullfills that really.
Nice build, kinda. But not worth 4,000, i dont understand why you want 4 ssd's and why dont you go for like 2 5870's or maybe even 3 if money isnt your concern. im not saying this in a bad way, im just wondering why the 4 ssd's.