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I want to build a computer for under 700 dollars. I will be using it for overclocking and it will be my first watercooled build. Any suggestions are appreciated... I already have a PSU and Case. Since i will be using this rig for Overclocking only i would prefer to get an SSD. Thanks in advance. biggrin.gifthumb.gif
post #2 of 17
$700, huh? Is this just for the tower or for the peripherals as well?
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Watercooling, SSD, and Overclocking? For $700? Any particular reason it has to be watercooled? Watercooling is usually mean't as a hobby, not for budget computers.
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Originally Posted by Traphix View Post

Watercooling, SSD, and Overclocking? For $700? Any particular reason it has to be watercooled? Watercooling is usually mean't as a hobby, not for budget computers.

You can usually find prebuilt loops pretty cheap. I myself use a Corsair H60, and it keeps my CPU well under 60 degrees even at a full 1ghz+ over the stock CPU speed.
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Originally Posted by Silvercast View Post

You can usually find prebuilt loops pretty cheap. I myself use a Corsair H60, and it keeps my CPU well under 60 degrees even at a full 1ghz+ over the stock CPU speed.
Cheap loops are surpassed by cheaper air coolers, and that money spent on cooling is better spent on components..
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post #6 of 17
I'd go for the Crucial m4 256GB SDD for Overclocking. also go for a cheaper Gigabyte Z77 MOBO and the i5 2500K... combined you have an overclocking powerhouse... also the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked Graphics Card is pretty nice for that budget. Hope that helps. Cheers!
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post #7 of 17
You're looking at $750 without compromises and without HDD. Watercooling is another matter through... (I second what Traphix said).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($220.66 @ Newegg)
Total: $723.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 15:49 EST-0500)

That is, unless you want to go AMD for the CPU or don't need a video card (if it's only for overclocking...)...
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post #8 of 17
Will you need a powerful graphics card?

I'd start off by recommending a 3570k and a Z77X-UP4 TH.
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post #9 of 17
^ An UP4 TH on a $700 budget, really?
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post #10 of 17
all that for a $700 budget...... dayum
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