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I'm planning on building nearly exact the same thing, but there are some things where I'm confused, mainly because I have never made a water cooled build, but I think it will be cool to learn, and I pretty much know exactly what to buy thanks to LinusTechTips.

However, there are some variations that I'll make and is where I need help such as the memory, because those Linus used are expensive and I don't think they are worth it. So I think I'd rather go with a 2133 or 1886 mhz ram, but not sure if i should go for G.Skill or Corsair plus I want 32GB (and I want them to be black or red, as that's the colours I'll be using).

Also, where I'm mostly confused, is in the rad/fans setup. First, I don't want those noctua fans, I want to go for the AF/SP Series from Corsair, because they look good and the reviews say the are good as well. Obviously I have no idea how water cool thing works, but based on what Linus did, most fans (I could say all,), are in a pull configuration, extracting hot air from the radiators. Is that the best idea? [for example, in the top, first goes the radiator, then the fan on top of it, pulling air out, but in other builds I've usually seen other configuration such as first the fans pushing air, and then the radiator, and then either the case (which is what I'd rather do), or another fans pulling [push/pull] (which I rather avoid, because I don't want more fans, in this build there's already 17... of them xD) but I know this option is better (and will do it if you guys tell me I should.

I also don't want extra noise, so I was going to go for those SP120 Quiet Edition, but there's also the High Performance Edition, and I'm not sure which one should I go. I plan on buying a fan controller, so is it best to go for the high performance, and then decrease the rpm when I want it to be quiet (and will that give me the same performance as the quiet edition). or should I go for the quiet and then increase the rpm if I need to? plus, I've also heard that to "push air" trought the radiators, a decent RPM is needed, so with low RPM fans, it's better for pull (perhaps that's why Linus went for the pull thing as well, since he's also using low-noise rpm fans). I want to overclock things, but with so many radiators, I don't think I have the neeed to go extreme and make the fans go nuts. So if the SP120 Quiet Edition are fine for pushing (or pulling if that's best), then that's good. Also I'm not sure where I should use the "AF120" fans (or use them at all), since most fans will be used in the radiators, and the front 3 fans are blocked by the HDD cages, so perhaps I should use the static SP120 there as well.

I know there's already 17 fans already, but if I can add more (and still keep the system with low noise), then please let me know where I can put them and I'll do it. As long as it's to get better performance, and I can do it without increasing drastically the noise then I have no problems).

Things I'm going to use (because I already have them and seems pointless to replace them)
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
SSD: Samsumg 840 PRO 512GB (for the new rig I'll buy another one to do raid 0)
Hard Drive: Western DIgital Caviar Green 2TB
Monitor: Benq 24" 3D (for the new rig I'll buy another two 24" benq to go for triple monitor setup)
Keyboard: Logitech G19
Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei
Headphones: Senheiser PC 360
This is my current rig, but it will be gone to my guest room now (I've removed the main things I'm going to use in the new rig, and replaced them with things that I was not using from another build)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850
Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67
CPU Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
GPU: 2-WAY EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB SATA III
Fans: 4x COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200mm Red LED Case Fan
Fans: 1x 140mm RED fan
Edited by j9xcm3 - 9/24/13 at 12:54pm