Originally Posted by imblind
Okay, I want to add 1 more consideration into the mix. I want to watercool as much of this computer as possible, but don't want to waste a lot of money on waterblocks that won't be useful for future upgrades. I have little experience with waterblocks. I assume I will be able to reuse my CPU block in the future, but what about MB/GPU blocks? I don't want to shell out 150 for a GPU block that I'll need to replace in 2 years.
Well this is a relatively simple one... Yes, the CPU block will most likely be re-usable with future sockets, even if the manufacturer doesn't make a new mounting plate you could custom one pretty easily...
As to the graphics and MB... difficult to say the least... To ensure future compatibility, you would need generic blocks that cover only the most important areas, such as:
for your graphics
and Universal chipset block
for the motherboard, however, you would need multiple different ones for the motherboard, which becomes quite restrictive on the loop, and in the case of the graphics card, it leaves all the VRMs and other things that need cooling uncooled, so you need extra little heatsinks and stuff for that.