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Hey, guys this is my first post here, and I hope this is the right section of the forum to post this in. But I digress, After being thrifty for the past 2 years and living on a diet of ramen noodles and mac and cheese, missing out on bar hopping with friends, and working alot of overtime, I have finally saved up enough money to build what I think will be a decent system. My budget is 8000 usd(well minus triple 24 inch BenQ monitors and the XFX stand to mount them on, which I believe cuts somewhere along 1500 off of that., so we will say around 6500.) So what do you guys reccomend? This is going to be my first time with water cooling so keep that in mind. Here are some things I would like to stick to if possible:

1.This is pretty much meant for a gaming rig, so it must allow games to play smooth and fluidly across 3 monitors.(I plan to play games like Arma 2, Arma 3 when it is released, DCS:A-10C, and perhaps some BF3.)
2. I would like to stick with Nvidia, since out of previous pc's I have had, I always seem to have better luck with Nvidia cards.

I suppose thats about it, any thoughts or ideas would be of great help. While I am posting here I might as well ask another question. With compression fittings, how do you guys that have built water cooled systems know which angled fittings, extensions, etc to purchase for a system you havent yet built?Do you just buy like 10 of each, or is there another way? I only ask because I was looking on frozen CPU and the fittings are quite expensive for a single piece. Anyways thanks alot guys thumb.gif

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Welcome to the forum!

As a disclaimer, I'm not an expert on watercooling, so I'm not going to directly tell you what to order, but I do know a little bit about it.

$6500 is a LOT of money to work with, you definitely have more than enough for an awesome gaming rig!

Case - Corsair 800D or NZXT Switch 810 ~ $275 or $180
Motherboard - ASUS Rampage IV Extreme ~ $430
CPU - Intel i7 3930k ~ $570
Memory ~ 2 kits of 4 sticks 16Gb or 32Gb Corsair Dominator GT ~ $460 (32Gb total) or $780 (64Gb total)
GPU's - 2x nVidia GTX 690's in SLI ~ $2000
PSU - Corsair AX1200 ~ $300
Storage - I'm not sure how much storage you want and if you want a RAID setup, so I'll include two SSD's and an HDD for general storage:
SSD - 2x Samsung 830 512Gb SSD's ~ $1140
HDD - Western Digital WD Black 2Tb 7200RPM HDD ~ $180

Total not including watercooling loop: $5675 max

This is a quick build that i made for you, so there can definitely be a lot of room for change! thumb.gif
I made sure to leave plenty of room for a water cooling loop and tax for you as well.

In terms of what to buy for your watercooling loop,you can't go wrong with EK waterblocks or XSPC is almost as good. They do make 690 waterblocks now, so you'll be able to use those on the 690's!

I would also highly recommend looking at the forum's watercooling guides as there are a bunch out there, namely by Juggalo23451.

I don't have much experience with water loops as I said before, but I can tell you how I would determine which fittings I would get.
I would draw some quick sketches of how I want my water loop to look like first until I have a water loop that I feel is efficient and aesthetically pleasing (not a lot of overlapping and as little tubing as possible, flows in a correct order as well). Then I would draw a to-scale picture of the build with lines representing the water loop. Here, I would be taking into consideration how much the tubing would bend between each point. * Also, assume that everything is using straight fittings! * Look at the sketch, and note any lines that look especially curvy, or that curve at all when flowing between points. I would change the starting angle of these especially curved lines to one of the standards (15, 30, 45, etc) and continue until all of the lines look relatively straight.

Hopefully this helped you out a bit! wink.gif
Also, tell me if you want anything else special with your build like a sound card or any peripherals, and I'll be able to work it in no problem.
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