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[Build Log] HAF XB 3770K Water Cooled Gaming Rig

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So I decided on building a WC gaming rig in a Cooler Master HAF XB case, with a steal on a motherboard deal for an Asus P877V - Premium Motherboard (onboard SSD sold me). Further components will be:

Intel 3770k Chipset
MSI Radeon 7970
Corsair Dominator / Vengeance or GSKILL RAM appropriately (thoughts on this ? I don't think RAM matter overmuch in terms of clock speed versus gaming performance).

Any suggestions welcome. Pictures to come.
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You're right. Memory won't play too much contributing to performance. There is no performance increase in gaming for speed or amounts over 8GB. There is a small increase in benching. you would have to OC the memory probably to 2600 to see any gaming performance and it will be small. This may or may not change with Haswell.

Everyone has their favorite brands. I went with the Samsung green memory. OC's well and if it doesn't I'm not out of a lot of money for price vs performance. I usually stick with mushkin. Gskill makes good memory but personally I don't like their ethics to over saturate their product line with similar memory variants. I think I buy my parts based on company like a stock broker. tongue.gif

What it will play a role in is very intensive programs or VMware. I would build your loop based on future upgrades. A good 360 rad will cool your processor and gpu with some overclocking headroom. There are a few reviews on this. Also it will give you a chance to test the cooling capacity of the single radiator if you decide to upgrade to Xfire and plan your loop from there so you don't over spend. Especially when it comes to tuning it out and finding out if you need to change fans.

The pump is one thing I wouldn't skimp on. If you get quality it will allow you to expand your loop and also impacts pump life. If you are on a strict budget I would get the xspc 750 v4. It seems xspc cares about this product to be constantly trying to improve it. The older version have a bad rap. I personally used this pump in the past without a problem.

You may already know all this just putting it out there.
Edited by stansfield - 11/23/12 at 6:48am
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The pump is one thing I wouldn't skimp on. If you get quality it will allow you to expand your loop and also impacts pump life. If you are on a strict budget I would get the xspc 750 v4. It seems xspc cares about this product to be constantly trying to improve it. The older version have a bad rap. I personally used this pump in the past without a problem.

If they're still in stock, FrozenCPU had a black friday on D5 Vario for around $50 (less than half of what they usually sell it for, though you can find them for 75-80 on other sites). This is a great deal for one of the best pumps available, AFAIK
    
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I usually see it with bay res $150.
Edited by stansfield - 11/23/12 at 8:14am
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I just bought this case to do the same thing to my current water cooling setup. I also got a gtx 660 and another radiator and water block for it. I was hoping you already ran your loop and was going to check out the pics. I guess I will start a build log. I am tackling this , this weekend so I will post pics.
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So, I bought the Asus p8z77 v premium for the onboard SSD to try out the caching (and determine if I need a second SSD), and the motherboard arrived "new" from an Amazon retailer (not Amazon direct, foolish me) with bent pins in the socket. I of course immediately objected when I saw this. He is not approving an RMA, and is currently trying to bully me into accepting it. Complete failure.

I bought a new one from Newegg posthaste. Should arrive on Wednesday. After the price hit (cost me another 80 bucks, as the previous was 370), I've downgraded the video card to a GTX 650, and I'll buy the new Radeon's, or a 7970 depending on price, in January when they come out.

Just goes to show if a deal looks too good to be true, it usually is.

I will review all the components / case when I can actually install them. Apologies for the delay.
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I can tell you one thing. Without hacking up the case the reservoir location is tricky as well as the pump location.
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Seagate Barricuda 32MB Cache 7200RPM OCZ Vertex 3 SSD TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223B ATA XSPC Raystorm(Intel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC Razor GTX 570 Magicool Slim 140mmX2 Radiator XSPC Res+Pump Combo Windows 7 Professional 
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Asus 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 I-Rocks Light up Rosewill Xtreme 850W Green NZXT M59 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate Barricuda 32MB Cache 7200RPM OCZ Vertex 3 SSD TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223B ATA XSPC Raystorm(Intel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC Razor GTX 570 Magicool Slim 140mmX2 Radiator XSPC Res+Pump Combo Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 I-Rocks Light up Rosewill Xtreme 850W Green NZXT M59 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G500 Steelseries Qck+ Steelseries Siberia v1 Headset with USB Soundcard 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q9550 Gigabyte EP45T-UD3LR nVidia Geforce GTX 260 Core 216 Corsair Dominator DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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