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April 11, 2012 2:02:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Right after Ivy Bridge Releases

Budget Range: 1700AUD-2000AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming :D 

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Windows 7 OS,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: nvidia preferred, but can use AMD cards

Overclocking: Yes /

SLI or Crossfire: / Maybe in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x10800

Additional Comments:Not sure what to do for graphics card. I have already selected a custom watercooling loop, which is around 550AUD (not included in budget)

Corsair 800D
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Asus P8Z77-V PRO MOBO
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

i5 2500k (This is placeholder, since the IVY 3570k is around the same price)

Silverstone Strider Gold evolution 1000W
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 ram
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

120GB Intel SSD 520
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If anyone can recommend me a graphics card or pick out anything wrong that would be great

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April 11, 2012 2:23:25 PM

Looks good so far, in my opinion. Are you ging to watercool CPU on same loop as GPU(s)? Would recommend grabbing a 680 and saving any $$ you have left over to SLI with another one as soon as you have the cash for it.
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April 11, 2012 2:38:41 PM

The PSU is overkill. Do you have a specific reason to spend so much on a psu?
Also the case, but i can understand a large case for wc.
Can i ask what WC loop you have? And shouldn't you know the gpu before the wc loop? WC on your gpu works very well. IMO it's even better than cooling the cpu, but some people would disagree.

I would also change the SSD except that store has really bad prices on both the m4 and samsung 830. So the intel is fine unless you want a cheaper sandforce.

For the GPU get the best one within your budget. 680 if you can afford it ...except it costs $700 at that store. It should go down in price when it becomes more readily available. if not, this one is better priced: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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April 11, 2012 2:54:01 PM

hi. after I decide on gpu I will get the waterblock. as for the powersupply, what is good? I'm not good with power supply choice.. xD. 850w?

Yes gpu will be in CPU loop. the water cooling loop is a custom one, no kits. I can't link or anything atm as I'm on my phone, sorry. but its got basically Mcp655 pump, an ek tubed shaped reservoir and the rest.

Sent from my HTC Incredible S using Opera Mini Mobile Web Browser
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April 11, 2012 2:54:07 PM

phone lagged and triple posted...
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April 11, 2012 2:54:13 PM

phone lagged and triple posted..sorry guys :( 
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April 11, 2012 3:14:12 PM

Why in the world do you want to spend that kind of cash on a water cooling system?

22nm ivy bridge will run cool, and the 28nm graphics cards do not run hot either.

A good air cooler in that case which is well ventilated will cool just as well a liquid cooling. It will be quieter, more reliable, and much less expensive.

A single GTX680 or 7970 will run any game well on a single monitor. It will require only a 550w psu.

If you ever need more, dual gpu variants will be available by the end of the year, so a 650-750w psu will be sufficient.
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April 11, 2012 4:41:46 PM

watercooling is not for best performance per dollar. You do it cause it's fun, quiet and let's you oc better. It's freakin awesome.

And no, the best air cooling is nothing compared to a decent wc loop. My 1.35v 6950 running at the clocks in my sig doesn't go over 40C while gaming. Air doesn't even get close to that. It's also quieter if you get good and slow fans. With a low air flow friendly rad you can keep the whole setup very very quiet.

As for price, yeah, it's not the least bit cost effective. But that was never the point.

I agree with you PSU suggestions. A 550-600W quality PSU will run that setup including the wc loop and ocing. If SLI/CF sound at all, you'll need a higher one. I'll see what i can find on that site.

Also, you have no mobo, no hdd and no optical. The mobo choice could wait till after ivy is released, since it's likely more will come out then.

Edit:
ok, for the psu:
for no sli i'd reccomend this seasonic.
for sli, this Silverstone is a good price and performs well.
If looks are important and you want all black wires the AX corsair PSUs have 100% black wires. They cost more since they are gold rated though.

edit again: looking at the prices again, the Seasonic isn't worth it. Unless you have a problem with the looks, just get the silverstone.
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April 12, 2012 12:01:35 AM

slicedtoad said:
watercooling is not for best performance per dollar. You do it cause it's fun, quiet and let's you oc better. It's freakin awesome.

And no, the best air cooling is nothing compared to a decent wc loop. My 1.35v 6950 running at the clocks in my sig doesn't go over 40C while gaming. Air doesn't even get close to that. It's also quieter if you get good and slow fans. With a low air flow friendly rad you can keep the whole setup very very quiet.

As for price, yeah, it's not the least bit cost effective. But that was never the point.

I agree with you PSU suggestions. A 550-600W quality PSU will run that setup including the wc loop and ocing. If SLI/CF sound at all, you'll need a higher one. I'll see what i can find on that site.

Also, you have no mobo, no hdd and no optical. The mobo choice could wait till after ivy is released, since it's likely more will come out then.

Edit:
ok, for the psu:
for no sli i'd reccomend this seasonic.
for sli, this Silverstone is a good price and performs well.
If looks are important and you want all black wires the AX corsair PSUs have 100% black wires. They cost more since they are gold rated though.

edit again: looking at the prices again, the Seasonic isn't worth it. Unless you have a problem with the looks, just get the silverstone.


Yeah, I'm doing watercooling for the fun and the good looks. For hard drive I'll use my old 2tb one, just full wipe it. Also for mobo, i did pick one :D  the Asus P8Z77 V PRO
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April 12, 2012 1:48:16 AM

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock... <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks




http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $159.00
Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $159.00
Silverstone Strider Plus 850W ST85F-P 100% modular 80 PLUS Silver

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $225.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225 USD
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $59.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $59.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB)

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $159.00
Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SSD

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $109.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $19.00
Sony AD7280SGB DVDRW OEM

http://www.digitalhardware.com.au/product/i/11-11E-GTX6... $611.12 inc GST
EVGA EVGA PCIe GTX680 2GB


Total: $1,784.12 AUD


http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- a better look at that case

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board
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April 12, 2012 1:53:41 AM

^Are you trying to make him drop wc too? Not cool.
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April 12, 2012 2:05:55 AM

slicedtoad said:
^Are you trying to make him drop wc too? Not cool.

Water cooling for an Ivy Bridge build is equivalent to using a helicopter for deep sea fishing. It just doesn't make sense. In other words it's a total waste of money, hence the reason the only peeps that water cool for Sandy Bridge and the up coming Ivy Bridge builds will be for people stuck in the year 2005. It's 2012, and not only is WC a total waste of money, it's dying out seeing how time has passed it by.

You can hit 5.0Ghz on air with a $50 cpu h/s. Not really needed though seeing how anything past 4.4 - 4.5Ghz on a SB build nets you about zero gain in regards to FPS.

Gaming...if your priority is gaming, then do it right. :) 
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April 12, 2012 7:53:49 AM

Why_Me said:
Water cooling for an Ivy Bridge build is equivalent to using a helicopter for deep sea fishing. It just doesn't make sense. In other words it's a total waste of money, hence the reason the only peeps that water cool for Sandy Bridge and the up coming Ivy Bridge builds will be for people stuck in the year 2005. It's 2012, and not only is WC a total waste of money, it's dying out seeing how time has passed it by.

You can hit 5.0Ghz on air with a $50 cpu h/s. Not really needed though seeing how anything past 4.4 - 4.5Ghz on a SB build nets you about zero gain in regards to FPS.

Gaming...if your priority is gaming, then do it right. :) 


Mate, I just wanna do watercooling for the fun and the aesthetics.
Anyhow, decided on build, just waiting for Ivy bridge. Thread can be closed..thanks guys
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April 12, 2012 7:54:05 AM

Best answer selected by constepatdyak.
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April 12, 2012 3:43:29 PM

Why_Me said:
Water cooling for an Ivy Bridge build is equivalent to using a helicopter for deep sea fishing. It just doesn't make sense. In other words it's a total waste of money, hence the reason the only peeps that water cool for Sandy Bridge and the up coming Ivy Bridge builds will be for people stuck in the year 2005. It's 2012, and not only is WC a total waste of money, it's dying out seeing how time has passed it by.

You can hit 5.0Ghz on air with a $50 cpu h/s. Not really needed though seeing how anything past 4.4 - 4.5Ghz on a SB build nets you about zero gain in regards to FPS.

Gaming...if your priority is gaming, then do it right. :) 


go tell that to the people in the wc forum. And while you can debate the usefulness of cooling the cpu, the gpu is certainly useful, even the new 28nm chips.

Not everything is about the most fps per dollar. WC is a hobby.
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