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Gaming PC config with WC (High-end)

post #1 of 10
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Hello Community,

I’m a new member and wanted to say Hi to all of you. Recently discovered this forum after starting to do research for a new pc project.
I'm planning on building a high end gaming pc with watercooling. I've been looking at Puget and Digitalstorm and was really impressed with the cryo-tec, however, the prices are just unjustifiable.

The last pc I built was in 2008 but had to sell it very quickly due to a move. But I never had the chance to play around with water cooling so far, so I will need a lot of help in that department. I’m using an ugly dell laptop since 2006 and it’s about time I start playing games. I intend on doing heavy gaming with overclocked parts and video editing.

I would prefer an Intel cpu and the gpu should be Nvidia and preferably come with water cooling block. Casing should also support WC and should be spacious. I would really like a motherboard with lots of room, usb 3.0 support and good OC options. For HD, I really want to try SSD, but I’m not quite sure if raid 0 is necessary. My limit is a whopping 3500$.

What parts do you recommend?

Is a SLI setup good? Do games take advantage of two cards?
How about SSD? Raid 0 overkill?

How much ram and at what level of mhz?

What WC parts should I get to have very good cooling but not too much noise? How many radiators would I need to cool cpu, gpu, northbridge? Is there a good unit to track flow, temperatures and other related things which also looks cool and is easy to use? Is a TEC-Peltier arrangement too complicated? What is the chilled option?

Thanks!
post #2 of 10
First, welcome to OCN! Glad to have you here.

I don't mean to be rude, but it is obvious you haven't browsed very much through these forums. Every single one of your questions has been asked and answered at least a dozen times.

To help expedite your process:

The current gold-standard in Intel CPUs is the Sandy Bridge i5-2500K. However, if you want to go to the tippy-top of performance, then you'll want to wait a bit, since Sandy Bridge-E comes out in the next few months.

As far as GPU goes, the next gen of ATI's tech should be out around the same time as SB-E, so you might want to wait for that.

And, sadly, your budget isn't as big as you think it is . I just spend 3 grand on my sig rig, and it was also my first attempt at water cooling. You'd be surprised how fast those small fittings and clamps nickel-and-dime you over your budget.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your fast response!

I did not know that there was a new type of Intel cpu coming soon (this is why forums are so helpful, there are always knowledgeable folks around). What do you mean by next few months (Feb or May 2012)?
The reason I’m asking questions that have been covered by others is that, by reading my full case, people can give me ideas on how to make my system compatible, how to come with a good structure for WC and maybe ideas on where to invest more money to improve performance…it helps a lot.
Yeah, I know that 3500 is not much but considering I’m still using a laptop from 2006 and this money is only for the rig (without monitor and keyboard etc.), it’s still plenty!!! At least for me, that is…haha.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
By the way,

how come you recommend i5 over i7? i7's come with Sandy Bridge as well, don't they?
What will be the improvements that come with the SB-E?
post #5 of 10
I really suggest you take a stroll through the Intel CPUs sub-forum. There are two stickies which will answer your questions.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
I guess waiting for the SB-E is smart since it should be released this month actually, so that is OK. From what I saw, is it true that the SB-E will come with a new platform (LGA 2011)?

So I'll out the CPU and the motherboard out for now...I've choosen these for the rest:

GPU: 2x Evga GFX580 with Hydro copper 2
HD: 2x Intel 510 120gb ssd's
PS: OCZ ZX 1250w, fully modular
RAM: Crosair MD GT 3x4gb (I might have to change this depending on SB-E???)

I'm still not sure what case to get and which cooling systems to go for...any help?
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Damn!

if PCI-E 3.0 is releasing as well, it's not worth investing to any of this anymore...Guess the waiting game is on!!! grr....
post #8 of 10
PCIe 3.0 is completely excessive. Only the latest cards even come close to being bottle-necked by PCIe 1.1. PCIe 3 won't matter for at least another two or three GPU generations, at earliest.
post #9 of 10
if you're buying this for the long-term you might as well wait for sandy-bridge e and next-gen radeons to be released.
post #10 of 10
Sandy bridge-e would be overkill if you your using it for gaming, actually it would be pointless since the performance will cap. They are saying that its more of a server/workstation platform. I would go for i7 2600k and call it a day. They overclock really good, theyre energy efficient and they beat any cpu most of the time in real world benches ( including sb-e ).



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Edited by Denim-187 - 11/10/11 at 10:11pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i7 2700k HT - 5.0ghz; 1.42v [ASRock] Fatal1ity z68 Proffesional Gen3 [Sapphire] HD 7970's CrossfireX @ 1200/1700mhz ... [G.Skill] RipjawsX CL9D 2x4GB; XMP 2133mhz; 9-1... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
[OCZ] Vertex 3 + [WD] VelociRaptor 600gb Gen3 +... [SONY] Optiarc DVD+RW Combo [EK] Res/Rad/Pump + [Koolance] CPU-360 block + ... [Microsoft] Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
[Samsung] 120hz 3D 27" LED 2ms -S27A950D- [Logitech] G19 [Antec] Quattro 1200w OC Edition [Antec] Dark Fleet 85 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
[Logitech] G500 [Razor] Vespula [Asus] Xonar HDAV 7.1 THX DTS [Logitech] Z-5500 speakers 
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[Intel] i7 2700k HT - 5.0ghz; 1.42v [ASRock] Fatal1ity z68 Proffesional Gen3 [Sapphire] HD 7970's CrossfireX @ 1200/1700mhz ... [G.Skill] RipjawsX CL9D 2x4GB; XMP 2133mhz; 9-1... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
[OCZ] Vertex 3 + [WD] VelociRaptor 600gb Gen3 +... [SONY] Optiarc DVD+RW Combo [EK] Res/Rad/Pump + [Koolance] CPU-360 block + ... [Microsoft] Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
[Samsung] 120hz 3D 27" LED 2ms -S27A950D- [Logitech] G19 [Antec] Quattro 1200w OC Edition [Antec] Dark Fleet 85 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
[Logitech] G500 [Razor] Vespula [Asus] Xonar HDAV 7.1 THX DTS [Logitech] Z-5500 speakers 
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