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CPU: 4770K (already purchased, unopened). I was debating SB-E vs IB vs waiting for Haswell several months ago. I suppose I could afford a 3930K but it seems like a lot more processor than I need, considering how much it costs.

GPU: Reference GTX 780. Newegg has several similar looking GTX 780s. There is an EVGA SuperClocked 780 for only $10 more than the others... although it looks like this just went out of stock. Is there any reason to go with one over any other, or should I just pick up whatever reference card is in stock?

PSU: Currently looking at this Seasonic 760W Platinum. Power supply calculator suggests this will be sufficient, does that sound right? Is there anything that will be quieter than the Seasonic? Maybe Corsair instead?

Mobo: I picked up a Gigabyte UD5H at Microcenter since it was discounted with the CPU, but I have 15 days to swap it for something else. I was also looking at the ASUS Z87 Deluxe. Any suggestions as far as mobos go?

Memory: G.SKILL 2 x 8GB, DDR 1600

Disks: Already own, will likely add a Samsung 840 (or perhaps 2 in RAID)

Audio: I have a USB DAC, although it would be nice if the onboard audio isn't terrible.

Further background: This will be my first custom water loop. I'm planning on EK Nickel Acetal waterblocks for the CPU and GPU; I'm still researching reservoirs, pumps, radiators, and fans. I'm aiming for a system that is as quiet as possible, rather than a system that has a lot of OCing potential at the expense of noise. I'm currently thinking I'll get the NZXT Switch 810, but I'm open to case suggestions. I'll likely end up posting on the watercooling boards as I work my way through researching the case and cooling. Primary use is gaming on a single 1920x1200 monitor. My current build is a Phenom II 955 and a 6950 (upgraded from a 5830) from 2010, which was meant as a budget build.

Thanks for any insight!
Edited by Sandkatt - 6/4/13 at 9:55pm
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The CPU and mobo look fine. As for the GPU, it really doesn't matter too much which AIB partner's GTX 780 model you get since you'll be water cooling. That's why God invented GPU overclocking software like EVGA Precison X.

Regarding the power supply, 760w is overkill for your proposed build unless you're protecting for SLI down the road. I'd say that 550w-600w should be sufficient for a 4770K + a single GTX 780. That aside, the Seasonic model you picked is excellent.

For the RAM, you really should get DDR3-2133 CL9 RAM to maximize your performance. A good model to look at would be G.Skill's Ripjaws X model F3-2133C9D-16GXH.

As for case selecton and water cooling advice, I can't give any. Sorry about that.
Edited by svenge - 6/4/13 at 10:51pm
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im not sure but there may be some cases of manufacturers RMAing gcards which have been in a water loop if you reassemble them to stock wink.gif these manufacturers, if you can find out, would be a better bet than one which wont. just incase something goes wrong with your card.

case selection highly recommend coolermaster, ive owned a few, im sure there are other manufacturers who are also very good, but every CM case I have seen is brilliantly designed with all the best features. I haven't done water yet, but they are always equipped with a rad mount or 2 on the midrange or higher models.
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Originally Posted by svenge View Post

Regarding the power supply, 760w is overkill for your proposed build unless you're protecting for SLI down the road. I'd say that 550w-600w should be sufficient for a 4770K + a single GTX 780. That aside, the Seasonic model you picked is excellent.

For the RAM, you really should get DDR3-2133 CL9 RAM to maximize your performance. A good model to look at would be G.Skill's Ripjaws X model F3-2133C9D-16GXH.

Thanks! Switched to a 660W Seasonic and the RAM you listed.
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im not sure but there may be some cases of manufacturers RMAing gcards which have been in a water loop if you reassemble them to stock wink.gif these manufacturers, if you can find out, would be a better bet than one which wont. just incase something goes wrong with your card.

Thanks, I had no idea about this. I just assumed that if I started messing with the cooler I could forget about RMAing it. rolleyes.gif
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Thanks, I had no idea about this. I just assumed that if I started messing with the cooler I could forget about RMAing it. rolleyes.gif

EVGA explicitly allows messing with the cooler, provided that you can reassemble it when it's RMA time. To wit:
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All products must be returned in its original condition. Products received by EVGA for replacement that include 3rd-party attachments (CPU heatsink backplate, memory chip heatsinks, etc) will have all attachments removed and discarded. EVGA holds the discretion to return the product to the sender if necessary.

The product must be returned to EVGA in the original factory configuration and condition. All aftermarket modifications must be reversed before sending in the product for replacement.
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check out this case,,the front drive bay is removable,,I've been considering getting it myself,,it comes with or without the window
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