Solid build? need watercooling ? thinking of using nzxt phantom case.

hi all, im looking to build a new pc on a £1300 ($2200) budget, the main uses are: computer programming, video and image editing, gaming.


case: nzxt phantom
mobo: asus p8z68 v-pro/gen3
psu: corsair 750w or any other decent one
cpu: i5 2500k
gpu: sapphire 6970 2gb
ram: g.skill ripjaws 8gb (2 x 4gb) 1600mhz
hdd: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX
ssd: Kingston HyperX SSD 120 GB
opt drive: any good one including db writing

im also interested in water cooling the system as i intend to overclock the cpu by 30%

components for water cooling:

cpu block: ek supreme hf
gpu block: ek vga supreme hf
pump: mcp355
res: one to fit pump( suggestions welcome)
rads: rx360 or rx240 (not too sure if the case is suitable for water cooling as im not sure how many rads will fit in the case and sizes)
tubing: primochill
barbs or compression fittings yet to decide.

so, do you think i need water cooling? if so, is my case suitable ? please Critique and advise where needed, thanks in advance.
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  1. anyone
  2. It's pretty good. :O
  3. yes after doing a lot of reading i have accumulated all the best performing components that will give you the best bang for buck, however the only trouble im having is to weather i need a different case to water cool or could i get away with air cooling the system whilst still overclocking my cpu by 30% ???
  4. Well, The i5-2500k can reach up to 4.5ghz by air if that's what you want.

    Not sure how much 30% is actually without doing math. I hate math.
  5. I honestly don't know much about custom water cooling but everything else you have is pretty solid. The Phantom is a sweet case, and it should have enough room to accommodate any type of hardware you can throw at it.

    If you haven't got the video card yet you might want to look into a liquid cooled one like the EVGA Hydro Copper 2 - although those can be a bit on the pricey side.
  6. cheers for the tips guys.
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