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September 13, 2012 9:16:35 AM

So I've decided I'm going to build a water-cooled mid-range system mainly for gaming. I'm planning on overclocking, as well. I've compiled a list of parts I think might suit my needs:

CPU:i5-2500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: GTX-480 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [edited]
Ram: 16Gb Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: 620W ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: 256Gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: 1Tb external that I already have
Case: full tower generic ATX case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now for water cooling, which deserves an entirely new category

Pump: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2128/ex-pmp-27/Swifte...
Radiator: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8523/ex-rad-146/XSPC_...
3X fans for the radiator: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10323/fan-674/Scythe_...
Reservoir: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9540/ex-res-153/Dange...
Tubing: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7203/ex-tub-197/Primo...
Anti-kink stuff: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/6648/tsl-49/PrimoChil...
VGA Cooling Block: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15146/ex-blc-1070/Alp...
CPU Cooling Block: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11762/ex-blc-814/Magi...
Coolant: distilled water
Coolant additive: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2104/ex-liq-02/Swifte...
UV Lighting: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2998/lit-46/Dual_12_C...
Straight barbs: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7612/ex-tub-315/Bitsp...
90 Degree Barbs: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15204/ex-tub-1195/Alp...
Barb clips: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13416/ex-tub-915/Dang...

That was a lot of stuff...

Anyway, onto the questions

1. My friend argues the GPU is too low end, is this true? [answered: nope]
2. Is the motherboard too cheap for the other parts, or will it bottleneck the system? [answered: getting higher end Gigabyte mobo instead]
3. Does the PSU need more wattage? [answered: nope]
4. Is the generic case I listed going to be ***? If it is, which case has a nice acrylic side panel for under $100? [answered: getting better case]
5. Will I have a good spot to place the radiator on the case? [new case supports 360 radiator]
6. Are the CPU and GPU water blocks compatible with the parts I listed? [posted in water cooling]
7. Any other concerns? Are all of the parts / water cooling components compatible?

I appreciate any help I may receive, and I'm planning on ordering the parts tomorrow. I just need to confirm that everything will work together before I make a purchase. I'll post pictures of the finished computer along with benchmarks when I'm finished. Thanks everyone! :) 
September 13, 2012 9:38:30 AM

motherboard is for sure to cheap you want one of these motherboards want top of the line mid high end mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.techspot.com/review/521-intel-z77-motherboar... <--- review w/benchmarks

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2012/05/0... <--- review w/benchmarks

http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/zardon/gi... <--- review of that board w/benchmarks


http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_z77x_ud5h... <---review w/benchmarks
September 13, 2012 9:44:45 AM

You need to do a post in the watercooling section about the watercooling stuff mate and the 480 is a beast when water cooled your friend doesn't know what hes talking about lol
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September 13, 2012 9:50:40 AM

These are the only motherboards i recommend buying for water cooling it's pretty pointless to buy a $110 motherboard and all that watercooling stuff to be honest. mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 13, 2012 10:02:15 AM

Thanks bigcyco1! I'll get the Gigabyte mobo instead [edited]. Also, I'll open a new thread in the water cooling section to get that sorted out. Thank you for being patient with a newcomer like me :) 
September 13, 2012 10:10:04 AM

No problem
September 13, 2012 10:17:01 AM

I never heard of that case before it does look nice though i hope the guys in watercooling can help you with if it will work i use these cases when i do watercooling builds but they are kinda allot over $150.00 bucks lol but i find they work easy without having to mod the case which i like because that can be a pain in the you know what lol. Case:Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 13, 2012 1:20:34 PM

As someone with a GTX 480, buy it! It's a great card but runs really really hot - you're going to want to put some VRM heatsinks on the ram if you choose to get a universal gpu cooler. Personally, I would opt for a full watercooling block as it really does need it. Having said that, I'm running a 480 with a aio watercooler on and vrm heatsinks and its just fine - for overclocking, get a full water block.

Don't skimp on your case - getting a generic one might turn out to be a complete waste of money.

Hope this helps.

As for the motherboard, it depends on what you want to do with your hardware. If you want to overlock the hell out of everything, you might want to consider getting a motherboard capable of handling the overlock.

You don't need more than 620W - the cpu doesn't draw that much power and neither does the gpu. I'm running a similar set up on a 550W psu and it works without a hitch.

September 14, 2012 3:23:10 AM

I've decided to upgrade to the NZXT SWITCH 810 case. Thanks forum (especially bigcyco1) , you have answered all of my questions and once I get everything cleared up in water cooling, I'll make a purchase. Thanks again everyone! :) 
September 14, 2012 3:24:30 AM

Your very welcome!
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