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Hey,

So this is my 2nd build ever I use it for gaming on my 46inch TV i play mostly RPGs and FPS. I will be trying my hand at water-cooling and aggressively OCing this rig over the summer. Please let me know your thoughts on my parts, I will be listening to suggestions and any ideas on a good water-cooling loop.

Case: NZXT Switch 810
Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
CPU: i5 2500k
HDD: OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS UPDATED Crucial M4 128GB + 640GB WD Black
PSU: Corsiar AX1200 UPDATED Corsair HX1050
GPU: XFX Double D 7970
RAM: Mushkin 8GB 1600
ODD: Blueray burner

Updated with wish list
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=14344329

UPDATED
still debating which video card to get so the XFX 7970 is a place holder until a 680 is in stock or the MSI 7970 lightning is in stock

Like I said please let me know your thoughts on the parts and if there is anything I overlooked or might save some money on changing

Astr010
Edited by astr010 - 4/27/12 at 6:44am
post #2 of 13
1) Get a Crucial M4 or Samsung 830 instead of the Vertex.

2) PSU is absolutely overkill, but a high quality PSU nonetheless. You could save money by getting like a 850W or something, and that would also give you plenty of room for CFX later.

3) No storage drive?
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taking a 640gb drive from an old rig and i went with the 1200 incase i want to SLI and to give breathing room for what ever water-cooling and light system i put in the rig also its modular think its over kill even with that in mind? i honestly don't know the type of power water-cooling demands
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taking a 640gb drive from an old rig and i went with the 1200 incase i want to SLI and to give breathing room for what ever water-cooling and light system i put in the rig also its modular think its over kill even with that in mind? i honestly don't know the type of power water-cooling demands

Water cooling uses very little power. My pump draws like 12w peak and that's all there is to it.

The AX1200 is a very good unit, but it isn't needed unless you want QuadCFX 7970's in the future. A solid 750W unit will do 2-way CFX just fine and provide some breathing room for misc things. It will also allow you to save some money if you never plan on using more than 2 GPU's.

As far as 750W units are concerned, I recommend these:

X750

AX750

Both superb units with 80+ Gold certification.
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For water cooling I like to recommend the Corsair H100, it is a very user friendly all in one unit that is easy to install and has no maintenance. It also performs well, not as well as a high end custom solution, but still well for the 99%. biggrin.gif

EDIT: Oh, and the 1200W is way overkill......WAY overkill.
    
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The AX 1200 is waaay overkill. And thats coming from someone with one. An AX-850 or platinum 850 would be a better alternative.

XFX ditched its amazing warranty, better to look at just about any other brand instead.
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The AX 1200 is waaay overkill. And thats coming from someone with one. An AX-850 or platinum 850 would be a better alternative.
XFX ditched its amazing warranty, better to look at just about any other brand instead.

Oh yes this too.

I would consider a different brand for your 7970. Perhaps EVGA.
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Ok I am looking for a different brand for the GPU as for the PSU neweggs calculator says that if i want to run two I will need 930 PSU is that correct? should i even worry about that or just buy a new PSU when /if i buy the 2nd GPU

I know there is a big debate on the 680 compared to the 7970 but i might switch to nvidia
post #9 of 13
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Updated the PSU and SSD went with the HX1050 because the calculator on newegg said something over 900w is needed for running 2 GPUs. I looked into a closed loop water-cooling system but I really want to build my own custom system.
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Oh yes this too.
I would consider a different brand for your 7970. Perhaps EVGA.

evga?
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