First Build - Final Decisions...

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I make my final decisions...

Budget Range: 1400 with water cooled system

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, internet usage

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Preferably intel cpu

Overclocking: Yes, I want to try and overclock my i5 750 to atleast 4+ GHz

SLI or Crossfire: Yes. I plan on buying a second 6870 near christmas time.

Monitor Resolution: Not, sure haven't decided on the monitor type yet...suggestions welcome.

Additional Comments: Can an air cooled system cool down my cpu when at 4+ GHz or should i stick with my water cooled system?

Here is what I have so far...

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Graphics - SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Memory - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model CMD8GX3M4A1333C7

Hard drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD Drive - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM

Surround Sound - Logitech Z323 30 Watts (RMS) 2.1 Speaker System

Is there a better system????

Monitor- Suggestions Please

Water cooled system:


Danger Den DD-CPX1 12V 3-Pin Powered Pump - (DD-CPX1) $49.95 $49.95

Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator - Black $59.95 $59.95

Bitspower 5.25 Bay Reservoir - Acrylic - UV Blue Seals (BP-WT525AC-CLUVBL) $54.99 $54.99

2.5 Meter (8 feet) Feser Tube Active UV Hose - Retail Packed - 1/2" ID (3/4"OD) Anti-Kink Tubing - Clear / UV Blue $24.95 $24.95

Swiftech Apogee XT Extreme "Flagship" Performance CPU Waterblock- Sockets 775/1156/1366 $79.99 $79.99
Subtotal: $269.83

Thank you very much and I appreciate all comments and advice!!!
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  1. 1) For a first build, I strongly suggest you avoid a liquid cooled system.
    . There is always some risk involved with liquid.
    . It is much more expensive than a decent air cooler. What do you get for an extra $200? not much.
    . A good air cooler will cool just as well. I suggest the prolimatech megahalems:

    2) Use the savings to get a good monitor, preferably two. Plan on gaming at 1920x 1200.
    3) Use the savings to get a SSD for the OS and some apps.
    4) Parts look good.
    5) Before you order, or, at least before you build, download and read cover to cover the manuals for the motherboard and case.
    ---good luck---
  2. I agree with geofelt about getting an air cooler. A CM Hyper 212+ should take the i5-750 to 4GHz easily. On that note, get the i5-760 instead; it's just a few bucks more.
    Your RAM is overkill, 4GB should be enough, and unless you're planning on heavy OCing, you don't wanna spend extra on the Dominator series. You can find CL6 1600MHz 4GB sets for ~$100.
    Otherwise, good choices.
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