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Cosmos II, Liquid Cooled $3000-5000 New Build

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October 29, 2012 4:46:27 AM

Hello everyone thanks for taking the time to read this. This is a New Build kind of, I put only the basic parts together (mobo, gpu, cpu, ssd) all stock. The other parts listed is what I have purchased and is waiting for me to install. I will be posting video and pictures when I am finished. I also purchased a blue sleeving kit and a black one as well. The build time on this if I do it right is going to be pretty long and time consuming with the sleeving and all. Not to mention liquid cooling alone is it's own time sink. This is my first time putting something this big together and I have never done liquid cooling before and it's a big investment. I have done alot of research and as you can see I am doing more by filling out a very time consuming application (If you format correctly) to post here. I hope to continue to learn and I'm anxious to receive feedback from everyone.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today/Now

Budget Range: $3000-5000+ (over $5000 with shipping/handling and taxes. about $3400 just parts)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies (2 screens)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Just Liquid Cooling and Led configs and advice on heat/overclocking

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Lynnwood, WA, USA

Parts Preferences: EK, XSPS, Nvidia, AMD, Cooler Master

Overclocking: Yes (I want to.)

SLI or Crossfire: NO (but I have a gtx590) Does that mean yes?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC that cools an overclocked FX-8150 bulldozer, maybe 5 ghz when I'm finished, (3.61 ghz right now). Also eventually want to overclock the GTX 590 in same loop. Games; Star Wars The Old Republic, Guild wars 2, Final Fantasy IV: A Realm Reborn(when it comes out) On the other 24inch led 1080p asus screen I browse web, media, blue ray movies, netflix.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: GTX 590 gets very hot and the fx-8150 will get big time hot when I overclock to 5ghz. im going to be using a 240 rad and a 360 rad with a pump reservoir combo to cool it, I would like to know what people think of the setup and what they would do / what I did right and what I did wrong and overall score.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.


Part # cst-1271
Cooler Master COSMOS II Aluminum Alloy Full Tower Chassis - Black / Black
(RC-1200-KKN1) - Retail
Select Fan Control Unit: None
Select Fan Contoller Installation: None

Part # psu-484
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W Modular PSU - Crossfire & SLI Ready
(RSC00-80GAD3-US) - Retail

Part# N82E16813131877
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Part# N82E16819103960
AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX

Part # N82E16820145347
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

Part # N82E16814130630
EVGA GTX 590 CLASSIFIED Limited Edition 3GB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI express 2.0 x16, 3xDual-Link DVI, DisplayPort, HDCP Ready, QUAD SLI Ready, PhysX, 3D Vision Surround Support Video Card

Part # N82E16820178455
PNY XLR8 SSD9SC120GMDF-RB 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Part # N82E16829132006
ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Part # N82E16824236102
Asus VE248H Black 24" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (I have 2 of these)

Part# N82E16826153095
RAZER Naga 2012 Black 17 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 5600 dpi Expert MMO Gaming Mouse

Part # N82E16823114011
RAZER Black Wired BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard


Part # ex-rad-198
EK CoolStream 240 XT Series Liquid Cooling Radiator (EK-CoolStream RAD XT (240))

Part # ex-rad-199
EK CoolStream 360 XT Series Liquid Cooling Radiator (EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360))

Part # EAN: 3830046999092
TUBE Masterkleer 19/13mm UV - BLUE Trans

Part # EAN: 3831109845080
EK-PSC Fitting 13mm - G1/4 Black
14 of these

Part # EAN: 3830046990785
EK-Supreme LTX AMD - Acetal+Nickel CSQ

Part # EAN: 3831109855454
EK-FC590 GTX - Nickel

Part # bus-326
AeroCool Touch-2100 5-Channel 25W Fan Controller w/ USB 3.0 - Black
- Retail

Part # ex-res-300
XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Clear Reservoir - w/ D5 Variant Pump Installed
- Retail
Reservoir Stlye: XSPC Dual Reservoir - Included
Pump Stlye: Aquacomputer D5 w/ USB Interface

Part # ex-liq-190
EK EKoolant Premium Liquid Cooling Premix Coolant - 1L - UV Blue
- Retail

Part # ex-rad-217
Phobya 120x120x20mm Fan / Radiator Shroud - Plexi
- Retail

Part # fan-992
Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition High Airflow 120mm Fan
(CO-9050001-WW) 5 of these will be the exhaust for the rads.

Part # fan-719
Silverstone Air Penetrator AP121 120 x 120 x 25mm Fan - UV Blue Blades (SST-AP121)
5 of these will be the push for the rads.

Part # ele-1019
Premium Black Vented PCI Bracket w/ LED Rocker Switch - Purple (MMT-PCISW-PR)

Part # ele-1014
Premium Black Vented PCI Bracket w/ LED Rocker Switch - Blue (MMT-PCISW-BL)

Thanks for reading, pictures and video to come soon!

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October 29, 2012 4:57:13 AM

I would not spend that much money on a PC and get outdated hardware. The liquid cooling components are good - like I say if you're going to use liquid cooling, do the real thing or don't do it at all. Cooler Master PSUs have a horrendous reputation in the reliability department. But the 590 is old and outdated now. The 690 is newer and uses way less power. And if you're going to spend that money on a gaming rig, do *NOT* purchase an FX CPU. Get Intel or nothing. Don't get a Sandforce SSD either - get a Marvell drive instead.

If you want to do that build right here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($248.94 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1210.59 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($359.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($355.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-206DBKS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2861.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You get a 690, better RAM, a better SSD, a fully integrated PSU, and you still have room left over for all the liquid cooling components and anything else you want to get.
October 29, 2012 5:05:58 AM

thanks for the quick response, the 590 was a hand me down that I picked up for 600, I couldn't say no since he had it for such a short time. (the heat from this POS is what cause me to go liquid cooling in the first place). I will be upgrading my card to a 690 or better card in the future. The cooler master modular psu I alrdy bought and cant return it was a part I've had for a while. What do you mean fully integrated psu, is my psu not fully integrated?
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October 29, 2012 5:16:42 AM

I really wish I would of done more research many months ago when I bought the parts that you already see installed as I posted. If I could do it all over again I would of gone intel for gaming, and if I didnt have the 8150 for a few months already I would totally go for the piledriver.
October 29, 2012 5:19:29 AM

+1 to g-unit1111

it will be a total waste to use this amount of money on such hardware
October 29, 2012 5:24:35 AM

Cooler Master PSUs tend to be pretty crappy the ones that are good aren't extraordinary for the price. The Enhance models are especially good. All of the Silent Pro series are quite good.
October 29, 2012 5:27:36 AM

The parts that I wrote that is already installed is there to stay(too late to return), but hearing all this criticism is so great so I don't make all the same mistakes with what I did in this build. By the way when I say I did alot of research.. I only mean I did alot of research on the liquid cooling...
October 29, 2012 5:51:29 AM

serialkiller said:
+1 to g-unit1111

it will be a total waste to use this amount of money on such hardware
Since he already bought it let's try not to be to mean ;) 
October 29, 2012 11:01:55 PM

Best answer selected by Judokaze.