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Hey everyone. Well I am going to introduce my experience, what I hope to accomplish, my budget to accomplish it, and my progress. Right now I am in the early planning stages of my first small form factor build (Kind of). And potentially my first water cooled system. I am hoping by posting everything here that it will keep me engaged with my build as well as get feedback from everyone else as well as suggestions.

So my first build was in a cube case, I don't even remember what the case was called but I will attach a picture of it.
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This then morphed later on into a bigger case with a bigger HDD and graphics card. Upgraded from a 5770 to a 6970, and that mad a huge difference for a while. Spilled water onto my desk which dripped down as I was cleaning it and went into my PC. Took it apart faster than someone in the Marines taking apart their rifle (haha probably not but the comparison sounded good). Well it worked for a few months longer than that but not it is almost completely dead.

My current set up which is no longer in use (I moved to Boston temporarily, when I get back it will be restored and hopefully with a new computer):
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Which brings me to here. My sound system, monitors, and other peripherals are good enough for me. The monitors I can deal with for a while. 1080p is fine with me. May need a new mouse but that is not a major expense.

Budget: 2,000-2.500
I am going to go with a slightly customized Case Labs S3 Mercury case that will come out to 300 after shipping (something to keep in mind), I most likely won't bend on the case because the only other one that I like is the BitFenix Prodigy and the wobble that it has as well as some other features I don't care for compared to the flexibility and sleek feel that the S3 has to offer.

I would really like to be able to water cool within this budget and was wondering if it is possible. I am between a 680 and a 780 at the moment but can be swayed to go with a different card (But I think I am done with going with AMD cards unless there is a really good reason).

I budgeted out a build and feel that I went expensive on the watercooling parts for my systems needs. I would be watercooling my CPU and GPU.

I would probably go with an unlocked i5 Ivy CPU. An SSD is a must and I would at least like a 256GB (Samsung preferably). However, if a larger SSD will fit into the budget that would be amazing (but that seems unlikely). I don't need an HDD. I can be swayed on a Blu Ray player but I would prefer if the build had one. But if it means to being on budget I could deal with a DVD and CD burning drive.

As far as most of the hardware I could do a lot of the research myself but I am completely new to water cooling and not sure what my case will be capable of handling (without modification).

A feel like I am talking to much at this point. So all suggestions are welcome and I will continue updated this with links and unboxings as I order stuff. This whole build will probably be done in late fall. Or if I choose not to do water cooling it may be done sooner as I would be able to save some money.
post #2 of 8
gtx 780 for sure.
Samsung 840 (non pro) 250 gig is operating at low prices with all the combos and discounts.
At your budget, get an i7 3770k. Blu Ray Readers are more affordable than Burners. Go with one of those. I'm not an authority on water cooling either but your choice of case was definitely designed for big rads. You could also consider the NCASE M1 which will be out by the time you finalize.
post #3 of 8
Well, a reason to go AMD would be that two 7950's are cheaper than one 780.
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post #4 of 8
and hotter and louder smile.gif but definitely cheaper.
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Mr357: That would be something to consider, however, Mini-ITX boards have one slot for a GPU.

Allanitomwesh: I actually just started looking at that case. That would be pushing my abilities I think to fit a water cooling build into that case. I want a little bit more room to play with for my first experience with water cooling. I am not new to building, but water cooling is a whole new and uncharted territory for me.

I forgot to mention that I will be doing a lot of data-basing (Access in particular) and read and write times of a Pro would also be beneficial to me. But if it comes down to saving money any SSD will do that is of good quality even if it isn't the best.
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Mr357: That would be something to consider, however, Mini-ITX boards have one slot for a GPU.

Sorry, I didn't read everything. If you're limited to 1 card then a 780 is a good choice. Personally I would wait to see what AMD will offer with the 9000 series, but that's because I'm a bit biased and usually too cheap to buy NVIDIA.
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post #7 of 8
780 is indeed a good buy.
Caselabs have high quality cases
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I am an AMD fanboy as far as an investing stand point, I really like what they are doing with there SoC in a business perspective. But when it comes down to it and wanting to build an amazing rig I have always felt AMD isn't the way to go. The only thing that will matter to me when it comes down to it is pricing things out. I am currently going to do that today and update my original post with probably two options and hopefully people will find places to nitpick for cost savings or for build quality. Especially when it comes to picking water cooling parts as this is the first build I am doing that with so I am bound to make mistakes.
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