I've recently made the move from a console and this is my first gaming rig. I've always built my own PC's, just never a gaming one. It's not quite finished, I need to add a cooling set up now and also some sleeved cabling to tidy everything up. I've been running at stock to date and still actually have the stock cooler on the CPU. It will also obviously be my first time water cooling and I'm in two minds. On one hand I really have no idea just how much I want to over clock things, and to be honest I really don't need to at the moment. So with that in mind do I just buy a closed loop cooler from Corsair and save myself about £350, or do I build a custom loop to include the 780ti?
If I do go full loop then this is what I've decided on:
XSPC EX 360 & EX 240 £102
Photon 170 tube Res £38
D5 Vario pump and Acetal top £81
Raystorm CPU Block £51
Full cover 780ti Block and back plate £120
That's over £390 before I add the tubing, fittings and coolant, so probably £450 total. That's £350 more than a H100i or H105.
A couple of questions really...Initially I purchased both a 120hz Benq gaming monitor and also a 1440p resolution Dell. I wanted to see for myself what gaming on both would be like. I actually thought the jump from 60hz to 120hz wouldn't affect me and I'd favour the 1440p over the two. This was probably the main reason for getting the 780ti in the first place to play at this resolution at max settings. It turns out I can't stand 60hz any more! It's just night and day difference when it comes to gaming and not just FPS either. For me at least anyway. I know there's the Asus ROG monitor out shortly, but for that kind of money I'd want an IPS panel I think. The Benq will do me fine for now. So with all that in mind, when would I need to overclock the 780ti playing at 1080p 120hz? I could probably just add another and go SLI in 12 months-18 months if it started to struggle on new games, so do I really need to water cool it? It seems to most people it's a hobby rather than it being essential but there's no doubting it looks amazing.
Here's a few pics of my setup to date. (Sorry quality is poor, taken on my mobile)Edited by Jumbosausage - 4/1/14 at 11:25am