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Opinions on WC buy list(or how I spent way to much already)

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First a little bitc*ing.

So, I decided to perform a couple small upgrades to my primary game box as it was hitting the limit on alot of games.
Started out with this:

EVGA P55 FTW
i5-750 /stock fan
8Gb (4x2Gb) ripjaws RAM
2 EVGA 9800GT in SLI
80GB intel X25m SSD
WD 500GB RAID1
single 500GB scratch drive.
Antec P-190 Case with some really noisy Thermaltake 120mm fans
Antec 1000W PSU



(naively)Thinking I could cheaply make a couple small upgrades I started picking things up onesey twosey. I had planned on getting a HD6970 but everyplace was sold out presumably due to bitcoin miners. So I decided to grab 2 ASUS GTX 580 CU II cards (1 for my old gaming box as well).
I thought getting a new mainboard, CPU, and ram would be too much money, so I started overclocking. I read that you could get 4.0 to 4.2 out of the cpu with water, and was able to get to 3.33Ghz on air. Although to do that I bought a Zalman CNPS9700 cpu fan. While I was at it I picked up a couple more case fans, a 120GB intel SSD, a couple 1TB hard drives to upsize my RAID 1, and a small fortune in extension cabes and adapters.
I found a couple used Samsung 245BW monitors on ebay to match the one I already had.

This turned into getting both cards into my main box for 2d surround. For this, I needed a new case because the cards are so damn big. I ended up buying a Xigmatek Elysium case and, of course, I wanted everything inside to be Green. I spent another small fortune on Xigmatek Green crystal Case fans. At this point I thought I was almost finished. I couldn't find any of the 200mm green fans in stock, so I ran up to Fry's and grabbed 2 that ended up not fitting the mounting holes in the case. I slapped some smaller fans in the top and figured I would find some at a later date.
Then I go and start playing games. With triple the amount of pixels I was pushing before, I started developing heat issues in WoW and I would like to get them resolved before SWTOR releases at the end of the year

So, now I start using my head and realize that trying to do stuff on the cheap is getting more expensive in the long run. My original upgrade was going to be around $800 for the 6970 and the 2 monitors. I have sunk close to $2500 in to this box and I'm on the fence as to where to go next.

On the one hand, I can still up the CPU another 900Mhz or so If I get a water setup.
OR
I could sink the cash into a new mainboard with an i7@3.06 and 12GB ram and do am modest air OC
OR
I could try an all in 1 cooler like the H70 and see if it's another waste of money.
OR
I could downclock back to stock and live with it.(I don't much care for this option)

My WC buy list is like this:
Swiftech Apogee XT (Rev 2)
PrimoChill PrimoFlex PRO LRT Tubing 1/2"ID 3/4"OD with 1/8" Wall
Black Ice Xtreme III Radiator
6, 1/2 x 3/4 Compression Fittings-Black
XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir
Swiftech MCP655 Variable Speed Pump
IandH Silver KillCoils (W/Distilled H2O)
totaled at $574.51+S&H from Frozen CPU


The new guts buy list would be:
EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 999000
totaled at $596.97


I am wondering if the water setup is too overkill for just a CPU overclock. Since the 580s are non reference, water cooling them isn't really an option. and I might not be able to get the CPU any higher than 3.33 because I have 4 sticks of RAM and the timings are getting a bit wonky.

What do you all think? How did I do with my WC buy list?

The last time I ran a water setup it was a mess, but that was 10 years ago when all the blocks and rads were made in people's garages and you just used aquarium pumps and whatever else you could find to make a reservoir from.

Knowing me, I'll probably end up upgrading and doing the WC, but as you can see above, If I got the WC bug it could be very dangerous with my personality, and I would end up divorced.......

Edit: I didn't account for the power req on the pump or the UV cathodes. Maybe I can use an old 450W PSU for that. Of course whe I go to buy the cathodes I'll probably end up spending $300 on other stuff I forgot but don't really need.
Edited by Geneticus - 8/13/11 at 1:23am
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Why go with the old 1366?

The new is out, and some of the price points are interesting. i7 2500K that may hit 4.5ghz on air is like 200$ for the chip, and a good Z68 board is like 160-200. You could also fit a EATX in there like the RIIIE. But that ups the price point.

I forewarn you though, if you touch water... you will be hooked. Monies will be spent uselessly there forth and pandas will die.

You'll love it!
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Corsair  Corsair  Corsair  
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Corsair  2x Mushkin 240Gb SSD Raid 0  A lot. ST1500 
CaseAudio
FT02 Xonar ST 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K P8P67 WS Revolution Sparkle Calibre GTX 560 G.Skill 
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Corsair Force SSD WD Caviar Black BD combo Liquid 
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