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post #1 of 7
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I’m new here, so please bear with me.

I’m putting together a new LGA 2011 build and would like to water cool it.

So far I’ve got the following:

Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 mobo
I7 3930K chip
EVGA GTX 580
Crucial 128GB SSD system drive
2 - 2 TB Seagate 7200 RPM drives for games & storage
32GB DDR 3 PC 2100 Mushkin Redline RAM

Initially I’d like to cool just the CPU, and have the ability to add the GPU a little later. I may even step up to the GTX 590 with factory water blocks. I do not plan on cooling the motherboard chipsets.

I have put together a potential parts list, and would appreciate any input I can get. If something really doesn’t work well, or there’s a better alternative, please chime in. I’ve done a bit of research, but have ZERO practical experience. That said, here are the potential components:

Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
Pump: Swiftech MCP-655B
Radiator: XSPC RX360 R2
Resevoir: Either a Danger Den RAD Res 005 or Swiftech MCRES Small form factor
CPU Block: Koolance CPU 370

I plan on using all ½” ID / ¾” OD tubing with compression fittings.

Is this a decent starting place?
Will I be able to add the GPU cooling later, without having to change/replace the radiator?

All feedback and suggestions will be appreciated.
post #2 of 7
Pretty solid plan. Given you possible long term goals, the rad + pump combo will work.
post #3 of 7
Unless you are getting a great deal on the 580, the 7970 is better and costs about the same.

Edit:

I am also curious what you plan to do with this machine. I see a lot of overkill, which is fine, but I wanted to make sure you didn't go with something in particular because you think its necessary. No one will tell you not to go huge, but you definately have a lot of overkill in that setup.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by yanks8981 View Post

Unless you are getting a great deal on the 580, the 7970 is better and costs about the same.
Edit:
I am also curious what you plan to do with this machine. I see a lot of overkill, which is fine, but I wanted to make sure you didn't go with something in particular because you think its necessary. No one will tell you not to go huge, but you definately have a lot of overkill in that setup.

I can get a great deal on the 580, plus my recent luck with ATI cards has been very subpar. I know the cards have been decent, but I have MUCH better luck with the Nvidia and EVGA in particular.

The rig will be used strictly as a home gaming machine. I've got other laptops for mobile gaming, and desktops for my accounting practice. I basically have gotten the itch to upgrade from my I7 920, and I really like Intel's chip platform.

I thought maybe the parts were "overkill", but it's like the old saying "I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it".
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by okiecooler View Post

I can get a great deal on the 580, plus my recent luck with ATI cards has been very subpar. I know the cards have been decent, but I have MUCH better luck with the Nvidia and EVGA in particular.
The rig will be used strictly as a home gaming machine. I've got other laptops for mobile gaming, and desktops for my accounting practice. I basically have gotten the itch to upgrade from my I7 920, and I really like Intel's chip platform.
I thought maybe the parts were "overkill", but it's like the old saying "I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it".

I would suggest the 2600K for gaming with a good Z68 board if you want to save money. You could get this for probably 500 dollars compared to 1000. Also, DDR 3 1600 ram is fine, and 32 gigs is highly unnecessary. 8 would be more than enough.
post #6 of 7
To add to Yanks, if all your doing is Gaming, you don't really even need a 2600K, a 2500K would do fine, as it's the same CPU without Hyperthreading and 2MB less cache. I would look into the NZXT Switch 810 case. It doesn't come out till the 17th, but it's a full tower like the 800D and much newer. The 800D was never designed with proper front to rear airflow. Maybe not much of a problem if you are pushing the air out of the rad, but I hear the proper way is to pull cool air in, then have good internal airflow to push it out.
post #7 of 7
Hi Okiecooler,

My system has some similar items you might want to look at the following link...

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=691556

There are 3 pics of what the system looks like as well as an EXCEL sheet that details a list of all the top of the line items. I will try to add the pics and excel sheet to this forum. This will give you an idea of what a high-end water cooling system can cost with the latest items out on the market today. Plus some other smaller items that can add up. The items list also has a vendor listed for each item so this should cut down on your search somewhat.

I would say you are off to a great start and you should have no problems adding a water cooled GPU later. The parts list you have are commonly used in other high-end water cooled systems.


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Intel core i7 3960x
Rampage IV Extreme x79
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Hydro Copper (x3)
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb-s
WD VelociRaptor 600 GB SATA III 10,000 RPM (x2) in Raid1
Enermax MaxRevo EVO EMR1350EWT
Asus Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set
G.Skill Ripjaws @ 2133Mhz 32GB RAM
Lamptron FC-5 V2 Black Fan Speed Controller
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