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February 1, 2012 8:43:24 PM

i would like a system for around 1300. i would like it to be liquid cooled running multi-gpu setup i just dont really know what to get and if what i had picked out would even go together or fit in the case. take a look and any suggestions would be appreciated.
Qty. Product Description Savings also i know theres know hard drive i already have an internal 2tb and also no liquid set because i dont know what to buy
thanks.


AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor

ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

RAIDMAX RX-1200AE 1200W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black/Silver 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

SilverStone Silent Foam SF01, Sound Dampening Acoustic EP0M Foam Material, Black, 21"x15", 4mm thick, 2 pcs

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February 2, 2012 1:21:11 AM

First of all, AMD is not the best choice for gaming right now. Secondly, Raidmax makes mediocre quality cases and bad power supplies.

What I would suggest is this for your budget.

CPU - Core i5-2500k - $229.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS z68 - $179.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Gskill RipJaws 8gb - $46.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video - MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III - $229.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Coolermaster HAF - $89.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Antec 750w - $99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Liquid Cooler - Antec Kuhler - $54.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD RW - Samsung - $16.99

Subtotal before shipping and after rebates - $948.92

Above is a single card rig which will still blow away the dual card rig you proposed. Both the motherboard and power supply will allow for the addition of a second video card later.
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February 2, 2012 2:10:27 AM

tlmck said:
First of all, AMD is not the best choice for gaming right now. Secondly, Raidmax makes mediocre quality cases and bad power supplies.

What I would suggest is this for your budget.

CPU - Core i5-2500k - $229.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS z68 - $179.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Gskill RipJaws 8gb - $46.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video - MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III - $229.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Coolermaster HAF - $89.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Antec 750w - $99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Liquid Cooler - Antec Kuhler - $54.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD RW - Samsung - $16.99

Subtotal before shipping and after rebates - $948.92

Above is a single card rig which will still blow away the dual card rig you proposed. Both the motherboard and power supply will allow for the addition of a second video card later.


I agree with this for the most part (especially Raidmax - blech) but why would you go with an Antec Kuhler when it's not that great (got beat by the Corsair H80) and why not go with a solid air cooler? I really like the EVGA M020 I just got - it cooled my system down like 20'C more than my Silver Arrow was using.
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February 2, 2012 3:19:09 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I agree with this for the most part (especially Raidmax - blech) but why would you go with an Antec Kuhler when it's not that great (got beat by the Corsair H80) and why not go with a solid air cooler? I really like the EVGA M020 I just got - it cooled my system down like 20'C more than my Silver Arrow was using.


The OP requested water cooling and is new to it. The Antec is as simple as it gets. It may not be for extremists, but it definitely works. My local Fry's store has two systems set up with them.

As he gets more into it, he may want to upgrade to something else, or even revert to air.
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February 2, 2012 4:19:09 AM

If this is for gaming, I'd suggest something like the $1500 build in my sig, with a HD7950 instead of the HD7970 (you already have a hard drive so that saves the other $100).
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February 2, 2012 4:50:40 AM

tlmck said:
First of all, AMD is not the best choice for gaming right now. Secondly, Raidmax makes mediocre quality cases and bad power supplies.

What I would suggest is this for your budget.

CPU - Core i5-2500k - $229.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS z68 - $179.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Gskill RipJaws 8gb - $46.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video - MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III - $229.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Coolermaster HAF - $89.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Antec 750w - $99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Liquid Cooler - Antec Kuhler - $54.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD RW - Samsung - $16.99

Subtotal before shipping and after rebates - $948.92

Above is a single card rig which will still blow away the dual card rig you proposed. Both the motherboard and power supply will allow for the addition of a second video card later.

I agree with most but no need to get 1600mhz RAM. Intel doesn't recommend you go over 1333.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The case... CM STORM TROOPER! It's a full tower with a list of features and great expandability.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't spend skimpy "WC units" unless you're ready to pay $200+ for a decent custom kit. Noctua NH-D14 will be quieter than any pre-filled WC unit and it's the most high end cooler in the market.
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February 2, 2012 3:57:15 PM

tlmck said:
The OP requested water cooling and is new to it. The Antec is as simple as it gets. It may not be for extremists, but it definitely works. My local Fry's store has two systems set up with them.

As he gets more into it, he may want to upgrade to something else, or even revert to air.


IMO, water cooling is too much risk for not a lot of payoff. If OP is new to system building it's way better to stick with air cooling. Most motherboard manufacturers and I think even Intel and AMD will void your warranties if something goes wrong and they find out about it. A closed block like a Corsair H100 will give you a bit more security than a custom block will, but to me it's just not worth the risk.

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Don't spend skimpy "WC units" unless you're ready to pay $200+ for a decent custom kit. Noctua NH-D14 will be quieter than any pre-filled WC unit and it's the most high end cooler in the market.


The D14 is an OK choice but not a lot of cases will support it. I really like that EVGA cooler I just got, it's more than got the job done.
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