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As a first time builder, I'm skeptical towards building my own water cooled rig for my workstation system seeing as I am housing an Nvidia Quadro 5000 card in my case and a leak would cost me big bucks. I found a pre-assembled alternative from Puget selling for around 1k$...thoughts?

http://www.pugetsystems.com/store/it...=d41d8cd9&que=
post #2 of 18
Why are you water cooling a workstation? From my experience they don't get very hot.
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Would still have to take it apart to clean and put back together so doesn't really make sense to go for it just because you're not confident in putting one together yourself.

Also as above, surely it can't get that hot? If it's noise you're trying to reduce, there are some techniques that can be used on air...
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I use mainly single socket CAD software that rely on high clock frequencies i.e. Catia, Solidworks, NX & Pro-e and I plan on OC's the CPU to 4 Ghz +
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What are the specs of the current computer? 4Ghz is easily done on air on some processor and some require a little more cajoling.

Not sure about US pricing but for that amount of money I'd look in to investing in SandyBridge and getting a closed loop cooler if you're really that worried about leaks etc. You'll be able to overclock it to 4.5Ghz with ease and could be looking at 5Ghz or close to.

EDIT: or maybe hold out a little longer for Sandy-E
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post #6 of 18
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The parts have already been purchased but haven't been opened. I was hesitant with going with the Asus board over other manufacturers...thoughts? Its still in the packaging and I don't mind swapping for something better

I7-2700k CPU
Asus Maximus IV LGA 1155 Z68
G Skill Ripjaws X Series 16 GB DDR3 2133
Crucial M4 256gb (Main) 2 x 1TB 7200RPM WD Drives (Storage)
1 x Quadro 5000 GPU
Silver stone 1500 W PSU

All i'm missing is a good case (still looking at reviews) and an efficient water cooling alternative.

Any CASES Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Looking at the Silverston TJ11, SilverStone FT02R, SilverStone Raven RV02
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The parts have already been purchased but haven't been opened. I was hesitant with going with the Asus board over other manufacturers...thoughts? Its still in the packaging and I don't mind swapping for something better

I7-2700k CPU
Asus Maximus IV LGA 1155 Z68
G Skill Ripjaws X Series 16 GB DDR3 2133
Crucial M4 256gb (Main) 2 x 1TB 7200RPM WD Drives (Storage)
1 x Quadro 5000 GPU
Silver stone 1500 W PSU

All i'm missing is a good case (still looking at reviews) and an efficient water cooling alternative.

Any CASES Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Looking at the Silverston TJ11, SilverStone FT02R, SilverStone Raven RV02
Hmm, I would save yourself some money and return the motherboard for a cheaper one and the PSU for a cheaper one. Purely because you aren't going to use the extra features they provide and will save you a good chunk of money. I'm not 100% on the PSU as I don't know the power requirements of the Quadro 5000, but I'm pretty confident it won't utilise more than half the output of that PSU.

I'm not saying overkill is bad, but if you cut those and go for a closed loop cooling system like the H100 you could probably bump up the GPU a couple of notches (I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that'd be more beneficial to you, I don't have much experience in 3D work).

This would get you CPU to 4.5Ghz/4.8Ghz easily and would avoid your fear of leakages etc as you wouldn't have to dismantle the loop to clean it.

I prefer ASUS boards, at least the Sandybridge range anyway, to other manufacturers. I think the P8Z68-V Pro would serve you well. Check here for comparisons on features of the different boards. I personally like ASUS for it's implementation of UEFI.

I absolutely adore the FT02 and as you're not going watercooling it's not a bad shout. The Temjin is more of a watercooling case but can be used for air cooling.
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post #8 of 18
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Thanks for the quick reply. The PSU is actually from another computer and I got it pretty cheap. The GPU however will NOT be water cooled... the lack of a water block and the inability to find the information online makes it a hard task to accomplish (not alot of people are willing to dismantle their 1500$ + workstation cards). That and the 3 year warranty will be voided right away.

In terms of the water cooling, most workstation PC builders are using Antec as opposed to the Corsair...do you use the corsair and have good things to say about it?

Also I do plan on going water cooling...should I ultimately forget about the FT02? What other cases than the Temjin Tj11 would you suggest I look into. Since I only have 1 GPU and may only add one in the future what other mid size cases would you suggest?
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Thanks for the quick reply. The PSU is actually from another computer and I got it pretty cheap. The GPU however will NOT be water cooled... the lack of a water block and the inability to find the information online makes it a hard task to accomplish (not alot of people are willing to dismantle their 1500$ + workstation cards). That and the 3 year warranty will be voided right away.

In terms of the water cooling, most workstation PC builders are using Antec as opposed to the Corsair...do you use the corsair and have good things to say about it?

Also I do plan on going water cooling...should I ultimately forget about the FT02? What other cases than the Temjin Tj11 would you suggest I look into. Since I only have 1 GPU and may only add one in the future what other mid size cases would you suggest?
You could get a universal block and put RAM and MOSFET sinks on.

I haven't much experience of Antec's offerings, but I know some people swear by them, just check reviews and see how they perform though. I don't personally use one but I have installed a couple and they're working fine.

The FT02 can be used for watercooling with some modding, the Temjin is ready from the off though. Caselabs offer a nice selection, they have a subforum on this board. Check them out
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post #10 of 18
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RAM and MOSFET sinks you say, have any posts of people who've actually undergone this?
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