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Hi there guys. I'm looking to be purchasing the components end of this week/start of next. Just want to get some input if you guys think this will be all right. First time tackling water cooling in a rig.

Computer use - Will mainly be for gaming/programming/modeling.

Now I've tried to limit myself to some sort of budget as I'm needing to redecorate my bedroom.

Components:
Motherboard - Azrock Extreme4 Z77
Processor - Intel 3770k (will be overclocked)
Graphics - VTX3D x-edition 7970 or Asus 7970 DCII Top
Memory - 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz (8x2 or 4x4?)
Power Supply - OCZ ZT 650W
Drive - Pioneer Bluray/Dvd rw
HDD1 - Seagate Barracuda 2TB
HDD2 - OCZ agility 3 120gb SSD
Case - NZXT Switch 810 (Matt black or gloss)

Watercooling:
Kit - XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240 Kit
Extra Raditator - XSPC RS240 Radiator
GPU Block - EK-FC7970 DCII or EK-FC7970
Fluid - Mayhems new red pastel (1L)

Raystorm CPU block replaced with Red LED's. And black compression fittings will be purchased instead of the barbs.

Peripherals:
Monitor: LG IPS234V-PN
Mouse: Logitech G9X (Possibly MW3 edition to save pennies then buy separate grips)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid
Headset: Sound Blaster Wrath

Cable Management:
Looking to go with a Black/White/Red theme with the case. Cable will be braided in paracord (Wanted MDPC but again funds are short).
Cables will be cable sewn to keep lines nice and smooth running.
Going for this sort of theme with the cable management:



I will be doing a work log on the build and the redecorating of the bedroom. Heres a few quick sketchups of the bedroom plan:



Questions:
Which Graphics card do you think will be better for what I need?
Is the watercooling enough to work together with the components I have listed?
Will the kit have enough tubing for GPU/CPU loop?
Thinking of going push/pull on one radiator (top)?
Which way to exhaust? Assuming radiators on the top exhaust out of case? And bottom one exhausting in?


Sorry for the total newbness. Just rather get it right before buying everything haha smile.gif.

Many thanks - Jay,
Edited by Jayree - 10/10/12 at 3:46pm
post #2 of 8
"HDD1 - Seagate Barracuda 2TB." Now, their was a time when 2TB drives had a high failure rate compared to 1TB drives. Also, Seagate is known for reliability issues. I have not researched the subject lately, and I do not know if it is still a issue...but your drive makes me nervous.

A WD Black is WAY faster than a Seagate Barracuda 2TB and WAY more reliable anyways.

"HDD2 - OCZ agility 3 120gb SSD" Agility is their "value" line. Their "Performance" line in the Vertex series. Get the Samsung 830 SSD, right now it's one of the best.

Other than that, no complaints.
Deus Ex Machina
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K 4.8GHz @1.4V ASRock P67 Fatal1ty Professional Asus GTX 570 DCII 920 MHz @ 1.125V 8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 12x Blu-ray Burner ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner Scythe Mugen II 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Samsung SyncMaster 23" (2nd monitor) Hewlett Packard HP f1703 17" Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair Professional HX750 Coolmaster HAF X Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 120 Watt Sony Shelf System 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 580M Dell 0R1203 NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Samsung 4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  DVD-Rom HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU40N Windows 7 Professional 
Audio
Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
OCZ ReaperX WD LG lightscribe Multilayer DVD burner Windows 7 
PowerCase
Antec 500W Smartpower 2.0 Aspire X-Navigator 
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Deus Ex Machina
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K 4.8GHz @1.4V ASRock P67 Fatal1ty Professional Asus GTX 570 DCII 920 MHz @ 1.125V 8Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 12x Blu-ray Burner ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner Scythe Mugen II 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Samsung SyncMaster 23" (2nd monitor) Hewlett Packard HP f1703 17" Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair Professional HX750 Coolmaster HAF X Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 120 Watt Sony Shelf System 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 580M Dell 0R1203 NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Samsung 4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  DVD-Rom HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU40N Windows 7 Professional 
Audio
Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
OCZ ReaperX WD LG lightscribe Multilayer DVD burner Windows 7 
PowerCase
Antec 500W Smartpower 2.0 Aspire X-Navigator 
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thankyou for the input dude.

Funnily enough I was actually looking at the 830's before the Agility 3. Went over price over performance it seems haha.

Regarding the WD Black. I have heard nothing but good things from these but again price put me off. But after reading what you have said I think I'll get the 1TB WD Black over the 2TB Barracuda and possibly upgrade in the future to a second Black.

Kind regards - Jay.
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Depending on when you're buying the water cooling kit, XS-PC just posted on their facebook page a new model of the X20 750 Pump/res. Also you might want to look into their EX radiators vs the RS models as many reviews have them performing better for basically the same price and at the same thickness.

and of course I'm Subbed!
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Ahh wish I'd seen this about ten minutes before you posted that message haha, ordered everything, checked overclock then seen your message haha. Just seen that new res. it's nice looking and love the levelled acrylic panel in the front plate.
On a plus side I'm planning on modding the front panel of the case some how to have a view of the res that way as I don't think the black xspc panel will blend well with the next gloss black. Bit of cuttin here and there and should look okay. Also hoping the optical drive will be hidden behind the "drive" fascia thingy the case has as it keeps the Matte black and gloss black from flashing being hidden haha. See how it goes when the parts arrive smile.gif
Jay.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Just got home from work/uni and seen these little guys sitting on my bed (excuse the iphone quality)

The rest should be coming tomorrow! And I can get a move on!
post #7 of 8
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HI there guys sorry for lack of updates, Phone was playing up so no photos yet. I had a slight leak on the XSPC Combo Red, (leaking out the actual pump power cable) But thankfully nothing died (I'm hoping, yet to try my HDD) But will upload a few temporary setup pictures a bit later.

Jay.
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Thread Starter 
Right finally managed to get some pictures. Not the best (iPhone camera).

But here we go.

Parts arriving:

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Oh dear frown.gif
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Ooo extra goodie
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Started installing:
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Between here and installed pictures I never got as my phone was playing up (I want a dslr frown.gif )

Heres the temporary setup now.

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Dark pics (poor quality):

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As you can see I'm not a photographer but that's basically my temp setup until I get funds to sort my room out.

Had a slight leak in the resvior as I said in the previous post which I think has ruined my HDD. (But again it might have arrived DOA)


Done a couple of benchmarks with 3dmark 11 heres the results:

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4618547 Performance (Virtu MVP v-sync off)
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4618560 Performance (Virtu MVP v-sync on) (not much difference here)

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4618569 Extreme (Virtu MVP v-sync off)
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/4618575 Extreme (Virtu MVP v-syn on)

It says the results are invalid which is fair enough. But on the extreme it ran alot smoother. Which I was shocked about (thinking it was another gimmick to sell the mobo)

At the moment I'm overclocking the cpu. Stable at the moment at 1.275V 4.6ghz. Haven't played around alot with it but will let you know once I've had ago.

Rate/Slate away - Jay.

p.s ignore the typos. Laptop>Mechanical keyboard - Takes time getting used to it. smile.gif
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