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I want to first say hey to everyone and thank you for posting so much information. It was fun to look through and see questions and suggestions, and even some that were exactly what I was thinking about.

New System
Asus Sabertooth 990fx R2.0 motherboard
FX-8350 cpu
16GB Corsair XMS3
EVGA 660 Superclocked 02G-P4-2662-KR
A smallish SSD for OS
(4) 7200 hdds

for cooling
either

Option 1
xspc raystorm rx360 kit with the D5 variant/combo res
adding (2) Alphacool coolplex pro res
EK GeForce 660 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block
Bitspower HDD Acetal Liquid Cooling Block (Hdds mounted on their sides with the block on top)
flow meter (not sure which one yet)

Option 2
xspc raystomr amd block
mc9655 pump
xspc rx360 rad
yates fans
and the rest of the same from option 1

So...I am doing this more for the silence than overclocking but I as a tinkerer will never rule that out. My concern is whether or not the pump in Option 1 is sufficient to run the loop (assuming my suggested loop is a good one). I don't like to half a** things and spend unnecessary money so if im better off flow/reliability/insert good reason here to piece together the system and pay a bit more I will, even if it means buying 1 part at a time.

Another concern is well maybe I should have started out with this. I am building a desk (inspired by l3p and red harbinger), not my first pc buildi by any stretch but my first water cooled one. I more than likely will not have much if any airflow so I need/want to cool all the necessary parts. The desk will be made out wood and stained to blend in with the furniture (the only way I got the nod of approval from the boss). Everything will be on standoffs and nothing will be directly mounted to the wood. The top will be glass/plexi and I havent decided on coolant color or lighting as of right now. First build a solid system then worry about it looking pretty

I want to build the system that I can upgrade and tinker with as my knowledge grows. maybe switching out the fans for gentle typhoons, etc.

And...as if this wasnt complicated enough for me I am also contemplating using my current rig (q6700, 8gb ram, dg33tl, 9800gt) as a NAS on the other end of the desk, but I cant find any pieces to watercool that so it may not even be an option.

As you can tell I am not really a pc gamer aside from World of Tanks but I primarily run a ton of media, as my current system serves up media for my entire house and tablets/laptops when out and about.

Sorry for this being so lengthy but I wanted to get as much information to you as possible as well as a decent introduction since Its my first post.

Any and all criticisms are welcomed...I'm a big boy and if something I suggested is stupid then feel free to correct me.
post #2 of 4
I have a very similar system to the one you are building and I contemplated several pieces before I finally made a conclusion.

I recently swapped some parts due to my mobo failing after the move to Hawaii. I use to have an x58 sabertooth and with a w3520 (i7 920 equivalent).

Now I run:
ASUS M5A99fx Pro R2.0
AMD FX 8320 (OC to 4.6 still messing around with stabilization)
120GB intel SSD
2TB 7200 HD
8GB GSKill Ares 1866 RAM
XSPC EX360 with the D5 Vario Pump/Res combo kit.

I was looking at the Sabertooth board, but I saved about 40 bucks for the PRO R2.0 which shares many similar specs except that the warranty is 3 years, the heatsinks are not ceramic coated, and it can't do tri-sli / crossfire. Most of this I didn't need. I also picked up the 8320 for 145 on Amazon about a week ago. Prices seemed to jump back up.

As far as the WC kit, the parts look good. I did have one issue with the pump/res combo leaking at the top seal, but XSPC and frozencpu fixed that pretty quickly. mailing me a new res with an improved design. So the new kit you order should be good to go from the start. I haven't looked much into the hdd blocks. Just ensure that the loop isn't mixing copper and aluminium. So the Raystorm CPU block and the EK block should be fine together.

As far as upgrades, There should be another processor being released by AMD on the AM3+ socket. It is still in speculation for release, but chances are we should see at least one more chip before the socket would be considered dead.
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Awesome!! I'm going to change to the gskill area ram too as I've heard it's better with the Asus boards. How are the fans on the pump? Should I swap them for some gentle typhoons/Yates or are they fairly quiet?

I remember reading about mixing metals (not to) and was wondering if that applied moreso to copper aluminum mixing or to all combos (ex copper and brass, copper and nickel)
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Originally Posted by ShortyDoo View Post

Awesome!! I'm going to change to the gskill area ram too as I've heard it's better with the Asus boards. How are the fans on the pump? Should I swap them for some gentle typhoons/Yates or are they fairly quiet?

I remember reading about mixing metals (not to) and was wondering if that applied moreso to copper aluminum mixing or to all combos (ex copper and brass, copper and nickel)

The fans that come with them are fairly quiet I use them on the Sentry Mesh fan controller and on the lowest setting they're virtually silent.

The mixing metals really only applies to copper and aluminum which will cause corrosion.

Here's the link to where I bought it from. Great customer service in general and for RMA

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=33590

It gives you a few more options: fan speed, upgrade lighting color, tubing and fitting size.

Although I would check the competition on which is cheaper after shipping and check for some promotion codes as well.
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