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RE Soundcard: You're right. I rather put that money into the GPU and/or WC loop. I can always get that later down the road as an upgrade.
RE Videocard: Would you vote for 2 x SLI GTX 670 or just one GTX 670 (for now at least)?
RE CPU: Going with i5 as per your recommendation. I can't fully justify the price jump to the i7.
RE PSU: I didn't fully understand your statement. Well, I understand your endorsement for the listed PSU, but after that... Are you saying it's a corsair PSU re-branded as a Seasonic? Or, are Corsair PSU really seasonic PSU with the Corsair logo?
RE Mobo: I'm currently looking into the Gigabyte model that you referenced above, and I will compare it to the other mobo's listed.
RE HDD: I'll do a price comparison.
Thanks for the helpful feedback! thumb.gif
About the Mobo: How does one decide on a mobo? Is it the motherboard's features and build quality that defines "the best motherboard?" It seems like a very important decision to make, but I don't fully know how to pick it. It seems like a shot in the dark.
There's only one aspect I understand. The amount of ports (SATA 6.0, USB 3.0, etc) it offers. But, I don't have the savvy to fully visualize what I'll need, and how many ports I'll use (especially when it comes to obscure things like SATA, and the other stuff -- I can wrap my head around the USBs of course biggrin.gif).
RAM: I didn't know about the Samsungs. I'm going to look into that ASAP. Thanks! thumb.gif
SSD: Great advice... I'll keep an eye on the Samsung prices (and Intel just in case - who knows smile.gif)
PSU: Do builders normally reuse PSU? Or is it more common to constantly buy new ones for new builds? The reason behind going with that PSU was because I was hoping to reuse that in a second build since it is a really high end PSU.
Is the Corsair TX a better alternative? What are your thoughts on the Seasonic 660w?
Monitor: Thanks for the suggestion. That resolution is going to be awesome. I've played with the idea of having a three monitor setup, but if I have that high resolution I think I would only get two of those 1440p monitors and only game on one. On the other hand, the Dell's have a smaller resolution so I'm sure the PC can support three monitors with relative ease. That seems to be the only draw back. Is my assumption accurate? Would 670 in SLI solve the problem?
Budget: $2000 just covers the case and components. If it can cover part of the watercooling setup, then that would be awesome. The less I can spend now (without sacrificing much performance), the better because I can focus more on keeping my system up-to-date on (more) frequent basis.

Well imo a good mobo is one that will get you to the best overclock for your value. The Extreme 4 is known to get most chips to 4.3Ghz+. Mty P67 board has been running at 4.8GHz since I got it. And I just used the pre-defined overclock settings. I am tempted to go for 5.0GHz stable but I just haven't had the time.

Corsair uses Seasonic OEM parts, so they both will have excellent quality. Most of the time, I will go with Corsair, because they are normally cheaper. I have been using my PSU with two builds now. thumb.gif

Here is a quick simulation build. I left out the case, Monitor and WCing equipment though. If you click the links it will give you multiple suppliers prices thumb.gif

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F1 RAID 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.00 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1459.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
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Pentium G620 Foxconn H67S ITX Intel HD 2000 2 x 4GB 1333Mhz 
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url="/t/1263277/requesting-assistance-with-my-first-build/0_100#post_17364012"
For the SSD, The Crucial M4s are the best price/performance, The Samsung drives are a little faster, if they are the same price, grab the Samsung, if the M4 is cheaper, grab the M4. And Intel's SSDs are really good, but they are normally overpriced. tongue.gif

I found a deal on a 256G Samsung SSD for $219. Is it a good deal? Should I just buy it now ahead of my build due to the low price? Or should I continue with the Crucial M4?

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Well imo a good mobo is one that will get you to the best overclock for your value. The Extreme 4 is known to get most chips to 4.3Ghz+. Mty P67 board has been running at 4.8GHz since I got it. And I just used the pre-defined overclock settings. I am tempted to go for 5.0GHz stable but I just haven't had the time.
Corsair uses Seasonic OEM parts, so they both will have excellent quality. Most of the time, I will go with Corsair, because they are normally cheaper. I have been using my PSU with two builds now. thumb.gif
Here is a quick simulation build. I left out the case, Monitor and WCing equipment though. If you click the links it will give you multiple suppliers prices thumb.gif
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F1 RAID 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.00 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.00 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1459.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


Thanks for that awesome list. It's really helpful, and the price for the build is also reasonable. However, I am still uncertain about the PSU, Mobo, and RAM choice.
Edited by Passion - 5/30/12 at 4:48pm
    
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Thanks for that awesome list. It's really helpful, and the price for the build is also reasonable. However, I am still uncertain about the PSU, Mobo, and RAM choice.

Everything I listed is very high quality parts. So you should not have any worries there tongue.gif

As for the SSD, 128GB seems to be the most reasonable. Pictures, documents, music all should be run from the HDD. The SSD should only be for the OS and some of your MAIN applications thumb.gif
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This build is actually happening!!!! I made my first purchase today (Samsung 830, 256GB version) for this build to capitalize on a Newegg deal. thumb.gif Once my build list is finalized, I'm going to begin purchasing the remaining components for the least possible price. If anyone is good at price hunting, or happen to enjoy it, please PM me. I'd appreciate your assistance.


Until I purchased the SSD, it felt surreal doing research for computer components. It seemed too good to be true. Now, that I finally made a purchase, the feeling is sinking in. I'm finally going to have an awesome PC. I know that material possessions are not important when you put things in perspective, but - bearing that in mind - I am really going to cherish this build. It's like your first car. It's probably extremely ****ty, and you're glad you moved on. Nonetheless, it holds a special place in your heart. However, this is even better... because it's not a crappy car. biggrin.gif

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Everything I listed is very high quality parts. So you should not have any worries there tongue.gif
As for the SSD, 128GB seems to be the most reasonable. Pictures, documents, music all should be run from the HDD. The SSD should only be for the OS and some of your MAIN applications thumb.gif

Thank you so much for your helpful contribution toward my build. I really value your time and effort in helping me out, and even though I ended up taking a different route than your recommendation, you were still helpful. I really liked the list of components you picked out. It hit a sweet spot in terms of price, and I was really drawn to that. However, I did some research into additional components that were, at the time unknown to me. It's really important to make a fully informed decision, and you helped with that. This research pulled me in the direction of getting the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Mobo, and the Seasonic Plat PSU (I plan to keep the PSU for as long as possible and this one in particular is highly regarded). However, I am very interested in the Samsung RAM; I learned, through your suggestion, that Corsair brands (and others like it) do not produce their own RAM, unlike Samsung. Therefore, might as well buy it straight for the source, eh? That particular RAM you found is currently unavailable on Newegg, so I setup an auto-notify reminder.

My CPU supports dual channel. It would be okay, if I got (2) 2x4 GB Samsung RAM (totaling to 16GB)? I am wondering if the difference between dual channel and quad channel is worth the justification to jump to an i7. I'm assuming that it isn't, but I am curious if anyone has any thoughts on that.

You're absolutely right about the SSD. $107 is also an amazing price for a Crucial M4. It was difficult to turn that option away, but I feel I made the better choice for me. I will have peace of mind, knowing for certain that all my essential programs and software will fit on my primary drive with plenty of room to spare (I hear that it's recommended to leave 10-15% of free space to ensure optimal SSD performance; I cannot confirm this, as it's just a rumor I consistently read about while trying to learn about SSD). I'm happy with this decision. It's a faster drive, I'll have plenty of space, and I got it at great discount.
    
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Edited OP to reflect current progress.

Right now I am trying to evaluate the GPU, Monitors and Case. After that, I will move on to water cooling design and components; after that, planning cable management.
Edited by Passion - 5/31/12 at 2:01pm
    
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I'll post my PM response i sent you here as i felt it might be helpful for other people in your similar boat.

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I'm considering the same case (but I am also considering the M8/M10, STH10 in addition to the TH10). Does the TH10 fit two 360 rads?

I would like to have a nice color scheme going, but I don't know what to pick out. I chose my components based on quality, and performance. Would you also mind helping me not only get the right parts, but a nice organized color scheme? I'm interesting in doing sleeving and all that, but I don't know the first thing about that.

If you are interested in assistance, then read on. I provided a lot of preliminary information so you can fully understand where I am at in the process, as of today. I am limited in my ability to ask questions because I don't fully know what to expect. I think asking the right questions are harder than finding the right answers.

The TH 10 can actually fit 6 480 rads. it is a massive case (the one i am using). It is a double wide case and really is only needed for a huge build, such as a dual psu, quad sli style case. if you want room to upgrade to dual psu or more water lines then its a nice one to go with. However, the TH10 really is meant for large loops. If I didnt do dual loops, the internals would look empty in my opinions.

I also used the PSU side fo the case to mount my pumps, which was more of a waste of space than anything. I did it for looks and ease of removal if one went out. You can buy bay mounted resevoirs that allow you to attach pumps to the backs of them. This is a massive space saver and the most ideal way to mount pumps.

Of the cases you listed, I personally love the looks of the STH10. The regular TH10 has additional height attachments you can buy (i did not get them), that makes it closer to the height of the STH10. From the pic's I have seen of this case, it looks awesome. I don't know why anyone would need 4 PSU's for 1 system build, but it just allows extra room for rads/cables/extras. If I started my current build today, I probably would have went with the STH10 over the TH10, just because I love the look of it. The case is almost 3 feet tall, so prepare yourself if you get it ;-)

As far as color scheme and components go, pick your PC centric components based on performance (Mobo/Videocard/RAM). Don't focus too much on motherboard heat sink colors as the video cards and hoses will dominate those color schemes of the motherboard (you can not even see that my rampage iv extreme has a black/red color scheme on the board, as it looks black and chrome now). You can also remove the heat sinks and buy special paint to get a more custom look (i would recommend re-placing the stock thermal paste on the motherboard heat sink anyways even if you aren't watercooling the chipset on the board).

As far as WC brands that are good, EK and XSPC make awesome stuff, and their resevoirs are top notch. Danger Den had some of the least restrictive blocks for the 580 gtx which is why i went with them.

You can mix copper and nickel plated blocks in the same line, but I would highly recommend the EK coolant I am using. I have tried numerous different pre-made and self-made mixtures and this stuff is awesome. You can leave it in your system for a year without changing it.

I would stay away from aqua computer blocks (buddy had a really bad experience with them) and frozenQ resevoirs (i have had horrible luck with them).

When picking Watercooling components, check out http://skinneelabs.com. This site offers the most comprehensive reviews of all waterblock brands for specific devices. Remember, you want a block to be a marriage between non restrictive and good heat dissipation. on your videocard, if you watercool it, make sure the block you choose is a full coverage block, so you can cool everything that needs to be cooled (some eVGA blocks arent full coverage).

As far as color schemes go, decide first off if you want a white or black system. Toss around some ideas based on block designs, bay mounted device designs, and colors you like. A good place to start is fan options. I am guessing you will use gentle typhoons over the radiators, and those come with no LEDs. However, you still will probably want some case fans, and those will have LEDs. Look at what color options you can get on fans, as those will be the hardest to match everything else to. If, for example, you want purple, find some solid purple LED fans, find some bay devices that allow custom LED choices or that match what you want, then start looking at a good hose line color that goes with the color scheme. fan LEDs, bay devices and tube color are the main feature colors for your system. other internal system lights are easy to match up with what you choose.

as far as what colors go well with what (this is all my personal preference and is in no way correct), i prefer off setting colors. red lights and black case offset very nicely, but is one of the most popular color schemes around. purple lights and black case dont go well in my opinion. purple lights and white case look amazing tho, and i will probably do whatever build i do in 10+ years with that color scheme lol. white case and yellow lights dont go well. green lights can go with black or white casing. I personally don't like blue lights on a black case, but it is also very popular (blue on a white case i like).

Take a look at http://www.million-dollar-pc.com/ for some other cool options on color schemes. Just because a color scheme has been done before, doesn't mean you cant use it and add your own personal touch.

hose thickness and size is also a major choice. look at www.frozencpu.com and browse their fitting selection area and tube area. most all items you buy will be G1/4 fitting compatible, but the fitting itself can be made for all sorts of hose thicknesses. you can go with barbs (hose is not held in place or can be held in place by zip ties or clamps) or compression fittings (hose fits on and has a cap that screws down and holds hose in place, slightly bulkier but more secure, and i personally like the look of them). They also make low profile compression fittings now as well, but check what hose sizes they accomodate. not all fittings work with all hose types. make sure you somewhat think through the loop because depending on if you have any tight turns with the hose, this could dictate what size of hose you get base on how tight of turn radius you want to achieve.

sleeving is a very time consuming process. and when i say time consuming, i mean EXTREMELY time consuming. you have to have a TON of patience and it truely is a labor of love, as it is not fun to do in any way. As far as sleeving types, http://en.mdpc-x.com/ has some of the best sleeving around. Bring them up and their cult following will come out of the woodwork like no other on overclock.net lol.

I would also recommend looking if your PSU manufacturer has pre-sleeved cable sets you can purchase. My red cabling was done by corsair. I actually bought replacement cable sets that were individually sleeved by Corsair. I wanted to do a red/black/white cable layout, but don't have the time or passion to sit for weeks sleeving 2 PSU's worth of cables.



as far as advice: ask questions and seriously plan out your loop first before buying stuff. I made the mistake of purchasing numerous things first without fully thinking through how I was going to hook stuff up (fitting choices primarily) and later figured out i didnt need them. You will learn a ton and become an expert on watercooling if you really dive into this build and try to tackle everything at once. It is a ton of fun and you should have a blast building this thing.

i didnt read your thread before i typed this as i don't get many pm's and didnt realize i could open more stuff up to see it in the mail (ill look later on). if you would like input on hardware choices, I will gladly help, but those are more restrictive on budget and how future proof you want it to be. I would say try to go with an i7 cpu and a 500 series nvidia or equivalent video card. also, dont scimp on the PSU and try to go with a modular PSU (higher end PSU's offer this). It will make your internals MUCH nicer.

enjoy and good luck.
Edited by Hyperlite - 5/31/12 at 2:41pm
     
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4 x 256GB Crucial M4 in RAID 0 on SATA III 2 x Western Digital 2TB RE4 in RAID 0 on SATA II 2 x LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 3D Playback XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal Waterblock 
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8 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 5400 RPM Fans 13 x Aerocool Shark Red Edition Fans 4 x Danger Den Black Chrome Top and Nickle Base... Koolance ASUS Rampage IV Waterblock 
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2 x EK Dominator Red/Nickel Waterblocks 2 x Black Ice GTX Xtreme 480 Radiator 2 x FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir - ... Bitspower Fittings, Extensions, Etc. 
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4 x Danger Den D5 Pump 4 x Bitspower D5 Pump V2 Mods (Body and Top) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit 3 x 27" Samsung 1ms LCD's 
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Logitech G19 2 x Corsair 1200AX CaseLabs Magnum TH-10 Logitech G700 Wireless 
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Motherboard Block: EK ASUS R4E Full Board Block... GPU Block: 4 x EK Titan SE's (Clear/Nickel) GPU Backplate: 4 x EK Geforce GTX Titan Backplate Memory Block: 4 x EK Monarch Series X2's (Clear... 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
4 x 256GB Crucial M4 in RAID 0 on SATA III 2 x Western Digital 2TB RE4 in RAID 0 on SATA II 2 x LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 3D Playback XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal Waterblock 
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8 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 5400 RPM Fans 13 x Aerocool Shark Red Edition Fans 4 x Danger Den Black Chrome Top and Nickle Base... Koolance ASUS Rampage IV Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2 x EK Dominator Red/Nickel Waterblocks 2 x Black Ice GTX Xtreme 480 Radiator 2 x FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir - ... Bitspower Fittings, Extensions, Etc. 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
4 x Danger Den D5 Pump 4 x Bitspower D5 Pump V2 Mods (Body and Top) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit 3 x 27" Samsung 1ms LCD's 
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Logitech G19 2 x Corsair 1200AX CaseLabs Magnum TH-10 Logitech G700 Wireless 
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hmmm, regarding ram, currently sandy bridge and ivy bridge share a same passion in memory, their current sweet spot is the 1600 mhz, 1.5V CL9, 8GB, current reviews show there no performance increase in real world system performance going for higher speed/frequency, unless your using your rig for benchmarking, here's a link & link

for psu, getting a videocard gtx 670 shows a wattage of around 200W less for single & 300W less for SLI + system of 100~200W, a solid 100~150W additional for headroom, so at least a solid 650~700W will do link, since your getting a 860W seasonic its more than enough.
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hmmm, regarding ram, currently sandy bridge and ivy bridge share a same passion in memory, their current sweet spot is the 1600 mhz, 1.5V CL9, 8GB, current reviews show there no performance increase in real world system performance going for higher speed/frequency, unless your using your rig for benchmarking, here's a link & link
for psu, getting a videocard gtx 670 shows a wattage of around 200W less for single & 300W less for SLI + system of 100~200W, a solid 100~150W additional for headroom, so at least a solid 650~700W will do link, since your getting a 860W seasonic its more than enough.

Would this RAM be ideal then? What about the Corsair Vengeance or Corsair Dominator?

Now that I've made my monitor purchase (high resolution 27'' Catleap Q270), is the single GTX 670 an ideal choice? Or is SLI'ing the ideal option.

Or would a 7970 be better? I'm not very familiar with the AMD GPUs.
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Updated Build Information: Going to make this first build an air cooled one. Water cooling will be saved for the second one.

Since I won't be water cooling, I will be saving a significant portion of my money and I would like to hold on to these savings for as long as possible. I will put it toward the second computer down the road. Therefore, I'm going to revise my budget to $1,500 for everything (not including the Monitor, SSD and RAM since it's already purchased). I will only consider breaking it for a second GPU. Since my monitor resolution is so high, I think I would highly benefit from a second graphics card for video game performance (in particular Frame Rates Per Second).

I will reuse as many parts as possible from this build to the next, if applicable so I don't want to focus on price alone.
    
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not sure if its been mentioned but make sure you get the processor and board from MC its $95 less then buying it from newegg. you need to go to the store in person to buy it though.
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