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New gaming build. Just want another look

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September 30, 2012 3:15:14 PM

I own the majority of these parts but I have decided to pick up a new case and do some other minor upgrades.

CPU: i7-3770k
MOBO: Maximus V Formula
RAM: 4x G-Skill Ripjaws
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 - Need to purchase, haven't decided on model
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
3x WD 1 TB Black Editions/2x DVD-RWs
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Battle Edition
PSU: Can't decide between the OCZ ZX 850W or 1000W
Cooling: Liquid cooling from Koolance including the following:
- RP-452X2 Reservoir with two PMP-450s running separate loops for GPU and CPU/VRM
- 2x120mm 30FPI radiator for the CPU/VRM loop
- 1x140mm 30FPI radiator for the GPU loop
- 370SI CPU block, VID-NX680 for GPU

The two questions that I have are which power supply wattage should I go with. I've used multiple PSU calculators and most recommend an 800W PSU so the 850W should do the job but I would like some opinions on that.

Also, with the liquid cooling. A. Do I have enough radiator for what I want to cool and second, for tubing should I go with 3/8" or 1/2" ID tubing? The MV Formula has the waterblock pre-installed on the VRMs but it is a 3/8" ID barb so I am wondering if it is worth cooling those or should I skip them and just use 1/2" ID?

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September 30, 2012 3:19:12 PM

you should be fine
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September 30, 2012 3:21:27 PM

I'm not sure about how accurate those PSU calculators are but a 750w should be enough.
Also, the difference between the 670 and 680 are close that the price difference isn't very justifiable. A 670 SLI would probably do you better if you're okay with that.

I've never owned a water cooling kit so I'll leave that for someone else.
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September 30, 2012 3:46:41 PM

Sounds like a good build. The 850watt would be best, You will need it if you add a second card.

As said you could have 2 of the 670 and get more use of your lovely board. If your planning SLI this will be the cost effective way of doing things without missing much performance and if your board supports it 3 or 4 way SLI using the 670 is be better choice as the savings will speek for themselves while performance loss will seem very neglagable.

I'd say run a 3/8 to your board and cpu as the 1155 isnt as big as the 2011.
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