$2,000 gaming build with custom cpu water cooling loop

For reference my current build is as follows (I do not plan to re-use anything).

P5Q Pro lga 755 MB
Core 2 duo E6550 @ 2.33ghz (overclocked for past 3 years to 3.5gz with xigmatek sd-1283)
4890 toxic
4gb ddr2 800
IDE dvd drive :)
random harddrive
antec 900

Approximate Purchase Date: 8/20/2012 or 8/21/2012 :)

Budget Range: $2,000 absolute max, of which roughly $400 is already spent. Must include a custom (or kit) CPU water cooling loop. (feel free to suggest builds even if you are not familiar with water cooling, just deduct some $ from the budget to allow for it).
Cheaper is always better, but if its worth it I will spend up to $2k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No (however, surround / eyefinity could be a possiblity down the line (before x-mas this year).

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but does not matter so long as they ship fast. (Microcenter is ~50 miles one way from me, Savings need to total over $60 to make it worth the trip)

Location: City, State/Region, Country - U.S

Parts Preferences: Intel / GPU does not matter, however, ATI drivers have scared me.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Down the road , perhaps next pay period!

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional Comments: The following parts are already purchased:

NZXT SWITCH 810 Black CA-SW810-B1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBRID Full Tower Gaming Computer Case ($149.99)

CORSAIR HX Series HX1050 ($178.49) (overkill yes, but I won't have to worry about a PSU anymore)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB ($69.99)

I consider rebates a bonus, I always assume I will not get the $$

As for the rest of the build I am still confused over which platform to use (1155 / 3570k) or (2011 / 3820) I am open to both.
To my knowledge 1155/3570k is the best for price/performance. I have read that 2011 / 3820 will not add much if any to gaming performance).

If someone can break down 1155 / 2011 for pure gaming differences I would appreciate it, for now I am going to list a proposed 1155 build.

Intel Core i5-3570K & MSI Z77A-GD65 ($388.98) with $15 newegg card

I am open to less expensive / more expensive main boards. for example: ASUS Maximus V FORMULA ($279.99)

I am doubting if it is worth the price compared to other boards (like the msi).

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB ($399.99) (if possible, if another GPU is suggested check to see if a water block is available for it). This card can use 680 waterblocks.

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($44.99)

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB ($99.99)

Samsung 22x DVD burner ($16.99) I am going with the cheapest once I order (currently it is this one)

Total: $950.94 ($961.04 with shipping / excluding rebates).

Grand Total: $1359.51 (including the parts already purchased)

I left out a cooler because I am going to dive in to water cooling (custom). I know it will be more money but I have always wanted to do it, so I am going to. Since I am new I am going to do a CPU only loop for starters.

My absolute max budget on cooling would be about $350 just for a CPU loop, but cheaper is always better!

I have looked into the xspc raystorm rx360 kits & I am still considering those. I know that I want compression fittings tho, and I am willing to pay more for them.

I am really set on the raystorm CPU block for around $50, but thats pretty much the only thing I am set on, unless someone can show me a better performer for the price!

I am just doing a CPU loop now, but adding GPU's later will happen (unless i fry everything on the cpu loop :(

Any proposed water cooling parts is welcomed!

(hopefully my cpu won't fry with the stock cooler for a little bit while I assemble a loop!

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  1. i personally wouldnt really bother with watercooling given it needs more maintenance and takes more effort to setup than air cooling.

    what i would get

    take note that the msi 670 uses a custom pcb so attaching a block could be a problem. might want to use the gigabyte 670 instead. also take note that the gigabyte uses a 680 pcb so you would have to find a 680 block for that
  2. pm me and i will get you setup with a system and a nice water cooling system as i have the same exact case.
  3. Water cooling is not hard with some planning in advance.
    I use the Raystorm CPU block and it works and looks great.
    Microcenter should save you at least $60.00 or more and they will match Newegg on things too.
    Look at the bundles http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx
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