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Hi all, I am in need of some feedback on 2 builds I plan to build concurrently over the next 9-15 months. I know the time frame is rather large and during this time technology will advance but I will be gathering the components when the right deals arise since I need to keep costs low and remain undetected from the prying eyes of the beloved since one of the builds is for her surprise to replace the ancient thing she refuses to replace.

The plan is to strip down my current signature build (3770k) swapping parts between the 2 builds and adding new where required so I don't end up buying for the sake of it.

x79 build:

Intel 4930k @ 4.6+
RoG x79 Formula/Extreme
4x 4GB Gskill TrindentX 2400*
2x GTX880 water cooled
2x Corsair GT 128GB Raid 0*
Custom water loop (recycled from current build)*
Corsair AX850*

x77 build:

Intel 3770k @ 4.6/8 *
RoG z77 Gene*
2x 4GB 1600
1x Asus 670*
128GB SSD
2x 2TB HDD
Corsair H80
OCZ 750W*

Items marked * I currently have in possession

Questions I need answering:

1. I know we don't know much about the 4930k nor the GTX880 but would the listed psus for both builds be powerful enough?
2. I plan to add a 480mm xt45 radiator in push/pull config to my current wc loop swapping out the current EX360, good enough cooling setup for a silent build?
3. Anything else recommended I change from the lists, Corsair H80 etc?
4. Possible choice of cases for the x79 would be appreciated also, 200-250GBP is the budget?

Thank you in advance smile.gif
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Assuming the 880's need roughly the same power as 780's and the 4930k requires the same as 3930k, will I be pushing the limit of the AX850 and should think about replacing it, if so any suggestions on a psu?
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for z77 ax850\ocz 750 is enough
for x79 go for 1000w to have more room for oc enermax\seasonic\corsair

900d is apsolute beast of a case a bit more cash but i think if you going to go wc its the best for now
about xt45 its all in the fans wink.gif

if h80 is keeping 3770k cool why to change it, you could go h100 but anyhow maybe delid the ihs and job done
    
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Thank you for reply,

I thought the 850 might be pushing it and hoped it would be fine so I didn't have to source a new one therefore leaving the 750w psu unused.

The 3770k setup at the moment is using a custom loop which I plan to move into the x79 build so I will be in need of a good all in one wc unit to handle the task of cooling the already delidded 3770k 4.8 @1.36. The current wc setup (can be seen in my avatar picture) is keeping the IB cool at 77degC prime 12hr test at the moment and will be ported as is into the x79 build. I did think about replacing the ex360 with a 480mm depending on recommendation and choice of case.

That case was on the list of possible choices but I was already pushing the budget at 250 before a new psu was required so the case budget will now be around the 150 mark which means fitting a 480mm will most likely be a struggle with cases available to me around that price. I can try swap my ex360 for a 360mm xt45 with a friend which he bought it for push/pull but can only use pull or push with his setup because the radiator is a little to thick and isn't happy with it, do you think I should swap?
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Assuming the 880 even exists within the timeframe you have allotted. You mean 780?
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Nope I mean 880, if the release is after the date it is ok since I can add them later and use a backup card in the meantime if need be.As long as the bulk of the x79 build is complete only requiring the graphics to complete my main concern is the 3770K needs to be fully complete. When I have obtained all the available parts I can begin to build both at the same time avoiding any chance she will notice that I am up to something ^^


*Thinking about it, since it seems I will need a new psu for the x79, the z77 build will pretty much remain the same as current only swapping into a new case, changing ram over, add new hdds and new cooler meaning I could build them separately now.

What all-in-one cooler for 3770k?
Will 1000w be enough or shall I stretch to a 1200w?
Any opinions on the Switch 810 for the wc x79 build?
How about swapping the ex360 for the xt45 360mm, worth it?

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for 3770k corsair h100i\swiftech h220\CM seidon 240m from all of them i would go with h100i with some better fans
1000w would be enough from all this brands corsair AX have best W\$ in my opinion i wouldn't go with the 1200i since link is kinda buggy

Switch 810 is one sweet case,
about the radiator swap, i would choose the case first. from what i heard ex360 is very good with high speed fans since you want more quiet setup i would swap it
    
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Thanks for the feedback, I think ill swap the radiator just in case, after all I don't want to keep my friend waiting long enough for him to reconsider.
I think the h220 will be my choice, I can fit the 670 water block into the loop then, also it uses the same tubing measurements as my current set up so no need to buy new fittings which is a bonus.
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