Originally Posted by JGore
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
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.