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New Build ~$2000 (Part 2, liquid cooling options??)

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November 21, 2012 2:21:53 AM

Hello again guys!! I previously requested input on a $2000 build. Here is what I'm running off of, credit to DeusAres!:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US) [
b]Motherboard:[/b] Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($497.07 @ Mac Connection)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US) Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.73 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: HP LA2405x 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($257.95 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $1692.66 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 23:19 EST-0500)

I have ordered the exact motherboard thanks to NewEggs 72 hour presale. I am waiting for the next batch of catleap 1440p 120hz monitors, and plan on getting one of those. Waiting on BF sales for the rest of the GFX card sales but i plan to go with 1 or 2 7970 cards.

Now, I'm getting a little interested in liquid cooling possibilities. Problem is, I havent ever set it up before, but I'm looking at some guides online. My question, is to you guys, is it worth it? I know decent setups can run ~$300-400. If i go with attempting liquid cooling, should I go with a kit, or manually get the parts myself? Taking price, safety, and learning all into consideration. I will be getting a full size tower, so space shouldnt be much of an issue, but if I end up with 2x7970's, it may get a bit cramped.

Please let me know what parts you would recommend, and also if the provided full tower case would be sufficient, or if you recommend something else.

I would like to OC, so liquid cooling is definitely an option, but not if its not worth it in the long wrong. Also, if everything pans out well, I would like to get a 2nd catleap 1440p in the future. Let's hear from ya all! And thanks!

ps: this is the guide i would be running off of:

http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/water-cooling/33772-wate...
November 21, 2012 6:21:50 AM

Hold that thought. Let me take this time to stop you from buying that particular GPU. That's a $500 7970, and it's not even a GHz Edition; nor is it any better than the ~$380-400 cards.

Get these instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I consider the Vapor-X to be the best single GPU at the moment.

You'll also want slightly higher wattage, this is the best bang for buck imo.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003U29C40/?tag=pcpapi-20

Liquid cooling is great for high OCs, but be sure to read and watch guides thoroughly. We don't want any leaks.

XSPC Raystorm should be a good start.
http://www.xs-pc.com/products/watercooling-kits/d5-kits...
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g/c321/s1310/list/p1/b4...
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