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Hello, all. This is my first thread as a new member and I would like to introduce a build that I'm considering. I would like to build a rig that is capable of maximizing the 1080p HDMI TV experience. The catch is that I want to do complete water-cooled CPU, graphics card, and RAM. It is absolute overkill, but I'm more interested in building it and making it look cool and run cool than anything else.

Build goals in no particular order:
1. Looks awesome
2. Close attention to detail
3. High-quality components
4. Water-cooled CPU, graphics card, RAM
5. Minimal hardware (besides the water cooling)

Initial Component Ideas:
- Corsair Vengeance C70 (White)
- ASUS Sabertooth Z77
- Intel (i5 maybe?)
- Corsair Dominator 4GB x 2
- Graphics card undecided (must be supported by full waterblock)
- Corsair PSU undecided
- XSPC/EK/Koolance water components
- Single bay fan controller with metal knobs
- Small SSD (~120GB)
- Quality, braided black and purple wire sleeving
- Hard metal water lines
- No optical drives
- No fancy lighting

I will be posting for suggestions in the appropriate sub forums.
Edited by Tempest2000 - 2/28/13 at 6:28pm
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Do you have a secondary HD for storage (I'm assuming you want to play games in addition to HTPC duties)? Since 120GB isn't enough anyway as it is, you might consider getting a 64 or 90 if you can get a good deal for it and put the difference toward upgrading another component. Granted, SSDs are nearing dirt cheap anyway, but $30 is the difference between a getting 7870 versus a 7950.

Have you considered also getting a mITX system instead of an ATX one? It'll require more creative modding to fit a WC system, but it could probably be done with something like the Fractal Node 304, which is a drop dead gorgeous, minimalist case. I'm sure you could even set up an array of fans (like a 2x2 square) outside the case and mount them and the radiator(s) to the back. The nice thing about this case, even though it is positively tiny, is you get a bit more space as there is no slot for the optical drive at all. It lets you have a full size cooler (or in your case, a waterblock and tubes). I'm sure there are other mITX cases that are even better suited to WC. I just wanted to throw this out as some food for thought, as you don't seem to be planning on SLI/CF.

Regarding the graphics card, I have to admit, these days I'm somewhat partial to AMD. Unless you're aiming at 7970/480 or higher, where prices are roughly similar, AMD is just better priced (and the AMD Never Settle free games >>> free in-game gold for F2P from Nvidia). Off the top of my head, I think the 7950 is around 250 (and you could sell the games for ~60) whereas the 470 is closer to 350. Or keep the games, I think it's Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider or Crysis 3.

Also, do you mind if I ask why you're set on Corsair for your PSU? I strongly recommend Seasonic, as they basically build PSUs for other companies and are rock solid in reliability. For the water lines, make sure you don't use metals that will interact or corrode by the way.
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Sounds like my RoG03 build. Should take a look at it.
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i've to agree with Ybz
AMD cards are now just better bang for the buck. the highest bang for the buck card is 7950 and you can get more power going 7970.
also the Corsair PSUs are built by seasonic components so it's better going seasonic.
Good luck with your build and have fun smile.gif
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Thanks for the replies, all!
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Originally Posted by ybz90 View Post

Do you have a secondary HD for storage (I'm assuming you want to play games in addition to HTPC duties)?

I have externals for storage if necessary, but I probably won't need 'em because of Netflix.
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Have you considered also getting a mITX system instead of an ATX one? It'll require more creative modding to fit a WC system, but it could probably be done with something like the Fractal Node 304, which is a drop dead gorgeous, minimalist case. I'm sure you could even set up an array of fans (like a 2x2 square) outside the case and mount them and the radiator(s) to the back. The nice thing about this case, even though it is positively tiny, is you get a bit more space as there is no slot for the optical drive at all. It lets you have a full size cooler (or in your case, a waterblock and tubes). I'm sure there are other mITX cases that are even better suited to WC. I just wanted to throw this out as some food for thought, as you don't seem to be planning on SLI/CF.

That sure is a nice case but I really like the mids, especially the c70 and Lian Lis.
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Originally Posted by ybz90 View Post

Regarding the graphics card, I have to admit, these days I'm somewhat partial to AMD. Unless you're aiming at 7970/480 or higher, where prices are roughly similar, AMD is just better priced (and the AMD Never Settle free games >>> free in-game gold for F2P from Nvidia). Off the top of my head, I think the 7950 is around 250 (and you could sell the games for ~60) whereas the 470 is closer to 350. Or keep the games, I think it's Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider or Crysis 3.

I've been leaning towards AMD as well.
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Originally Posted by ybz90 View Post

Also, do you mind if I ask why you're set on Corsair for your PSU? I strongly recommend Seasonic, as they basically build PSUs for other companies and are rock solid in reliability. For the water lines, make sure you don't use metals that will interact or corrode by the way.

I really just like the way they look and assume they are reliable. I haven't put much effort into researching PSUs yet.
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