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In my shopping cart>

Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor 12M Cache ($570) Amazon

(2x) Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s ($498) Amazon

Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performance PSU ($270)

(3x) EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready ($1920) Amazon

ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME - LGA2011 - X79 - 8x DIMM - PCIe 3.0 Motherboards ($430) Amazon

MAGNUM M8 Case ($440) CaseLabs

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 ($950) NewEgg

Pioneer Blu-Ray Drive-Rw/Dvdrw Bdr-207bks 12x Sata ($100)

(2x) HITACHI H3IK40003254SW (0S03364) 4TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5", Ext Warrenty ($600) NewEgg

(x3) GPU EK-FC680 GTX series water block ($336)

CPU EK-Supreme HF series water block ($79)

Total = $5973.00

Windows 7 Pro ($0) Already own

(3x) NEC 30" Widescreen Professional Graphics Desktop Monitor ($0) Already own

No liquid cooling parts yet, thats what i need some good info on.



Hello, i just have some questions on this rig im going to build next week and any advice and accurate info would be greatly appricated. I will be overclocking the CPU, not sure about the GPU's. Already have thermal paste just incase. This will be my first build, and im ok with computers but theirs still much to learn.

Is this list of parts compatibable?
What parts exactly do i need for luiqid cooling my 3 GPUs and CPU for close to maximum cooling without moding my case and keeping every thing internal?
Is there a better case to suit my needs?
Is a sound card nessasary, i will be hooking this up to my denon reciver with the 7.1 definitive surround system?
Whats a good high quality temperature display/fan controller for this setup?
Budget is $6,000.
I plan on maxed out gameing, hometheater setup, and for this rig to last my need for many years without requiring upgrades
Is there anything i forgot to metion?
Edited by PLANETS1DE 2 - 5/2/12 at 2:54am
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Unless you have money to burn, I would recommend the i7 3930k, it only has I believe 3MB less cache, but there is very little performance hit.
I've also read and heard on here that Tri-SLI 680s don't scale very well, not sure if its just the drivers that are still immature, but its better to go with just SLI 680s for now.

RAM, I would go with the Samsung that everyone is raving about.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147095
It OCs like a beast, heard some people get to 2133 at 1.45V or something close

The rest I don't have much knowledge, but I've seen people like the ASRock x79 Extreme 7.

What is your budget and what do you want to do with this computer overall?
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Yeah you got a good point there, that little boost in the CPU is not worth $430 to me. ill look into that RAM right now, Thanks for the input
Edited by PLANETS1DE 2 - 4/23/12 at 9:36pm
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Oh also, just noticed your PSU. Tri-SLI 680 can run off with a 850 watt I believe.
I dont remember the exact number, but I do know that quad SLI runs at about 1000 watts at full load.

So a SLI can run off a 750, maybe a 700
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[Creative] Titanium HD  [Sennhaiser] HD438  
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Core 2 Extreme QX6700 [Asus] P5N-D  HD Radeon 6850 G.Skill  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Lite On Blueray Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Window 7 Pro. 
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Acer AL2216W Logitech G110 Corsair VX550W Antec 300? 
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thanks, im ganna stick with the 1000 then, just in case
Edited by PLANETS1DE 2 - 4/23/12 at 2:49pm
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Get your own water blocks for the cards instead of getting the variant, at least you can optimize the flow depending on how many blocks enter the loop. Do you have any Liquid Cooling parts already?
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so what exactly do u suggest i get in terms of waterblocks and GPUs.
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EK CPU and GPU water blocks are the best in my opinion. EK HF Supreme would be fine for your CPU block and they make full water blocks for the GTX 680's.
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Originally Posted by PLANETS1DE 2 View Post

so what exactly do u suggest i get in terms of waterblocks and GPUs.

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/03/12/i7-3930k-dt-5noz-cpu-block-review/3/

Check the reviews on this new block. Martin's is a great site for finding real data on water cooling equipment, rather than listening to subjective opinions all day long. If you peruse that site and compare prices on Frozencpu/sidewinder/ppcs/wherever, you'll be able to easily figure out what is the best bang for your buck, and what will bring the best performance!

Just make sure you have fun, as the process of piecing your loop together can be frustrating and time consuming, but if you take the time needed to do it right, it is extremely rewarding biggrin.gif
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