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If you arent into super extreme liquid nitrogen benchmarking, then i suggest steering away from the maximus extreme (and even the formula (for mostly other reasons) ) and try out the Hero board, unless you are just buying the extreme for the e-peen value of being able to say you have the most expensive republic of gamers board wink.gif check out my review for the hero on here, it might change your mind and make your wallet say thank you.
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@vaporizer

Seasoned or not, I really appreciate your input! smile.gif

A friend of mine is thinking of doing his first build on a haf xb or something similar wink.gif I have spent the last week wracking my brain looking for something really nice that can also be massively upgraded and kitted out. It is more than likely that, if I ever replace the system, I will be doing so in the same case. In terms of upgrading to things like 3 way SLI 780's... I definitely will do that at some point, but will have to wait to get the 3 monitors that I plan to put in to a surround system, along with my current monitor that I'd use as an auxillery. (As such, the extreme might be the way to go afterall)

I'll definitely have to look at the power supply option. Becuase, while I will be upgrading... It might very well be atleast 6 months after I finish the original system before I do so... So the aditional power will be wasted for some time.

I definitely agree about the soundcard. At the moment I'm not even using a surround sound speaker system (5.1 headphones though) and the extreme's on board sound card might be more than I need.

I'll be getting a full copper water cooling system if I can, as I definitely don't any kind of corrosion in my system by mixing metals. As for the waterblocks etc, they're mostly personal choice, and I've heard the Koolance 380i is great.

Thanks for all your input, it's all stuff I want a second opinion on and I cannot wait to start working away at this thing.

I am kind of on the fence about cases though. I have been thinking about not going for the air 540, but instead to go for the Corsair 900D, which I know is ENORMOUS but it really has all the space I could ever want. I'm currently experimenting with different watercooling loops for now, and the future... smile.gif

check out the fractual design LX R2,,,i just got one for the same reason as you,,i,m gonna start puting together a loop as I can afford it,,,this case is huge,,,,,the bitfenix shinobi is another good one,,,,NZXT switch 810
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post #13 of 18
here are some clubs for you to visit to help make decisions:

[Official] Cooler Master HAF-XB Club!

[Official] Corsair Obsidian 900D/800D/700D/650D/550D Club

Corsair Carbide Air 540 Owner's Club +Gallery

good luck and i hope it turns fun for you as it did for me. i find myself staring at my case asking myself "what can do next".

edit:
here are some for the future.

[Official] nVidia Surround

[Official] NVIDIA GTX 780 Owner's Club

Martins liquid labs he has great reviews
Edited by vaporizer - 8/15/13 at 6:58pm
post #14 of 18
Trailer Park Boy is right about those cases. They look great and have tons of room plus they are easier for WC.

I really am not sure if you will notice too much difference between x8, x4, x4 vs. x8, x16, x8 unless you are doing some serious benchmarking. I just don't see the value in the Extreme board if you are just gaming. Of course, you need to get what you believe is best for you. We will always be here willing to help you out with advice though. I'm still waiting for a sweet build log on your awesome new rig!!! ;-)
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Trailer Park Boy is right about those cases. They look great and have tons of room plus they are easier for WC.

I really am not sure if you will notice too much difference between x8, x4, x4 vs. x8, x16, x8 unless you are doing some serious benchmarking. I just don't see the value in the Extreme board if you are just gaming. Of course, you need to get what you believe is best for you. We will always be here willing to help you out with advice though. I'm still waiting for a sweet build log on your awesome new rig!!! ;-)

i agree with this once you get close to picking your parts. start a build log in this thread. just change the title and turn it lose for a build log. don't worry about not finishing fast as i have seen some build logs go for a year.
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Wow getting lots of replies smile.gif Thanks guys!

Oh wow I really like the look of that NZXT switch 810. Definitely will have to put that down on my list of possibles wink.gif

@vaporizer I've actually been looking through a lot of that stuff already and it's so damn hard to choose a case when everyone is always building such beautiful systems in them all frown.gif haha!

When I start my build log I might ask to have the thread moved to the build log section for convenience, who knows!


Just a random change of mind here, but I have only really though about a colour scheme recently. Green is by far my prefered choice for this build, because it's my favorite colour, and I don't see it very often in computer builds (usually red/orange/white/black). I know I can spraypaint the Corsair SP fan rings with green spray paint, I can get/make green and black sleeved cables for the PSU, but I was thinking the ROG red/black would clash a lot with green. What are peoples thoughts on the Gigabyte G1 sniper series of boards (particularly the G1 Sniper 5)? I know their green and have a buttload of features, and the built in sound card looks like a nice option, though I could always buy an after market sound card.

I have also thought about what are the best ways to build this system. My initial thoughts were to get the parts listed above, have one loop for the GPU and CPU through various radiators and then wait maybe 6 months, when I am going to put in fresh water and maybe change the tubes if they're cloudy. By that time I'd be able to get a second/third 780, and watercool the GPU and RAM (possibly, I know it's almost entirely asthetics but I like how it looks) in one loop and the CPU, MOSFETS/north/south bridge in a second loop.

I was wonder if people think it would be better to do the build this way, or if waiting another 2 months to start the build, until I can afford 2 more 780s and 3 new screens for a surround gaming rig.

Thanks for all the input guys! I'll definitely have a well documented project log either way smile.gif
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by ChickenMacNugget View Post

Wow getting lots of replies smile.gif Thanks guys!

Oh wow I really like the look of that NZXT switch 810. Definitely will have to put that down on my list of possibles wink.gif

@vaporizer I've actually been looking through a lot of that stuff already and it's so damn hard to choose a case when everyone is always building such beautiful systems in them all frown.gif haha!

When I start my build log I might ask to have the thread moved to the build log section for convenience, who knows!


Just a random change of mind here, but I have only really though about a colour scheme recently. Green is by far my prefered choice for this build, because it's my favorite colour, and I don't see it very often in computer builds (usually red/orange/white/black). I know I can spraypaint the Corsair SP fan rings with green spray paint, I can get/make green and black sleeved cables for the PSU, but I was thinking the ROG red/black would clash a lot with green. What are peoples thoughts on the Gigabyte G1 sniper series of boards (particularly the G1 Sniper 5)? I know their green and have a buttload of features, and the built in sound card looks like a nice option, though I could always buy an after market sound card.

I have also thought about what are the best ways to build this system. My initial thoughts were to get the parts listed above, have one loop for the GPU and CPU through various radiators and then wait maybe 6 months, when I am going to put in fresh water and maybe change the tubes if they're cloudy. By that time I'd be able to get a second/third 780, and watercool the GPU and RAM (possibly, I know it's almost entirely asthetics but I like how it looks) in one loop and the CPU, MOSFETS/north/south bridge in a second loop.

I was wonder if people think it would be better to do the build this way, or if waiting another 2 months to start the build, until I can afford 2 more 780s and 3 new screens for a surround gaming rig.

Thanks for all the input guys! I'll definitely have a well documented project log either way smile.gif

I have never owned a gigabyte product,,but that looks like a sweet board,,pretty much the high end model
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post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by ChickenMacNugget View Post

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Wow getting lots of replies smile.gif Thanks guys!

Oh wow I really like the look of that NZXT switch 810. Definitely will have to put that down on my list of possibles wink.gif

@vaporizer I've actually been looking through a lot of that stuff already and it's so damn hard to choose a case when everyone is always building such beautiful systems in them all frown.gif haha!

When I start my build log I might ask to have the thread moved to the build log section for convenience, who knows!


Just a random change of mind here, but I have only really though about a colour scheme recently. Green is by far my prefered choice for this build, because it's my favorite colour, and I don't see it very often in computer builds (usually red/orange/white/black). I know I can spraypaint the Corsair SP fan rings with green spray paint, I can get/make green and black sleeved cables for the PSU, but I was thinking the ROG red/black would clash a lot with green. What are peoples thoughts on the Gigabyte G1 sniper series of boards (particularly the G1 Sniper 5)? I know their green and have a buttload of features, and the built in sound card looks like a nice option, though I could always buy an after market sound card.

I have also thought about what are the best ways to build this system. My initial thoughts were to get the parts listed above, have one loop for the GPU and CPU through various radiators and then wait maybe 6 months, when I am going to put in fresh water and maybe change the tubes if they're cloudy. By that time I'd be able to get a second/third 780, and watercool the GPU and RAM (possibly, I know it's almost entirely asthetics but I like how it looks) in one loop and the CPU, MOSFETS/north/south bridge in a second loop.

I was wonder if people think it would be better to do the build this way, or if waiting another 2 months to start the build, until I can afford 2 more 780s and 3 new screens for a surround gaming rig.

Thanks for all the input guys! I'll definitely have a well documented project log either way smile.gif

i would get the rig up and running on air first then add the water cooling in two months when you get your second and third 780. that way you have time to tinker with the settings and get your overclocking down and figure out your tubing routes and extra fittings you'll need, etc. in case you blow something up, you don't have to remove all the watercooling stuff. once you get you watercooling in the rig, push oc's even more. devil.gif
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