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post #1 of 5
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So I am looking into doing some custom water loops in my PC, but before I do that I want to see what components I should upgrade so I don't get a loop and then after to upgrade right after. You can see my PC in my sig, if you have any questions let me know.

What I'm thinking for upgrades are
a better motherboard(don't ask me why I went with that one, the one downfall of my build)
Another HDD
Fan controller w/more fans


After that I want to water cool, both CPU and GPU, so if you have any recommendations for that let me know.

Thanks in advance. thumb.gif
post #2 of 5
Any budget for the upgrades?

Honestly worrying about the HDD upgrade s a bit pointless at this point, no matter what the cooling solution drives are easy to upgrade, switch, etc. So I'd forget that one unless you need it right away.

As for the fan controller, for proper help we'd need a budget, however since I'm not the expert on those I would wait until someone else chimes in on that.

And the mobo also really depends on the budget, I would agree that for a proper overclocking experience you do want to change the board. But yeah, depends on the budget. There are some really nice cheap-ish Z77 boards such as the gigabyte UD3 and UD3H, the Z77 mpower is also pretty great as is the Z77-OC Formula from asrock. Just depends a bit on your budget and what sort of features you want.

(btw I also made a bad choice when it came to my mobo back when I was making my first build, happens to all of us tongue.gif )
 
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post #3 of 5
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I'm thinking about $150-250 for the motherboard would be a good range. I'm not sure about the fan controller at this point. Just want to know what good controllers are out there. It sucks only being able to have 3 fans available with this motherboard.
post #4 of 5
$219 Z77 OC formula: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328
same mobo open box for $186: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328R

^ one of the very best overclocking boards for Z77, however a bit limited on other features.

$199 Z77 Mpower: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660

^ Also one of the best OCing boards, somewhat more filled with other features as well. Though some people don't like MSI's bios that much. I don't really care though.

$239 Z77 sabertooth: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821
$179 open box: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821R

^ Mainly if you like the looks. It's basically a mainstream asus board with a new coat of paint and a plastic cover.

$259 ROG Z77 V Formula: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131854R

^ Most balanced for extremely good overclocking and also gaming features, however costs a bit more.

$109 UD3H: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544

^ a bit lower end but still very overclocking friendly and able to keep every air/water cooled CPU at as high frequencies as the more expensive boards
 
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2x 5870, 5850, 5830, 5770 2x 3870x2, 3870 GTX Titan, GTX 480, GTX 590 GTX 285, GTX 260, 4x 9800GT, 8800GTX 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
4x4GB vengeance, 2x4GB predatorX, 2x1GB OCZ DDR2 Intel X25-M 80GB LD PC-V2 SS Phase Change OCN Marksman 
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2x 5870, 5850, 5830, 5770 2x 3870x2, 3870 GTX Titan, GTX 480, GTX 590 GTX 285, GTX 260, 4x 9800GT, 8800GTX 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
4x4GB vengeance, 2x4GB predatorX, 2x1GB OCZ DDR2 Intel X25-M 80GB LD PC-V2 SS Phase Change OCN Marksman 
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2x old tek slims (GPU) Various watercooling stuff win7, winxp AX1200 
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post #5 of 5
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$219 Z77 OC formula: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328
same mobo open box for $186: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328R

^ one of the very best overclocking boards for Z77, however a bit limited on other features.

$199 Z77 Mpower: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660

^ Also one of the best OCing boards, somewhat more filled with other features as well. Though some people don't like MSI's bios that much. I don't really care though.

$239 Z77 sabertooth: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821
$179 open box: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821R

^ Mainly if you like the looks. It's basically a mainstream asus board with a new coat of paint and a plastic cover.

$259 ROG Z77 V Formula: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131854R

^ Most balanced for extremely good overclocking and also gaming features, however costs a bit more.

$109 UD3H: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544

^ a bit lower end but still very overclocking friendly and able to keep every air/water cooled CPU at as high frequencies as the more expensive boards

I think I would go for either the MPower, OC formula, or the Sabertooth, in that order. Out of those 3 which has the best features that don't deal with overclocking. The way i'm looking at it now is the Mpower only has 2 Sata III ports, the Sabertooth has 4, and the OC formula has 6. That makes the Formula sound like the more long term motherboard, and the Sabertooth being the next in line. (tbh I never really liked how the Sabertooths look, I don't think it would look good inside my case either). The MPower would only last me one more additional SATA3 HDD, while the others would give me much more expansion options with HDDS and SSDs.

Now onto fan support-ability; Mpower has 1 CPU and 4 Sys, Sabertooth has 2 CPU, and 6(YES 6) Sys ports, while the Formula has 2 CPU and 4 Sys. There is nothing wrong with having a **** ton of fans in your case, keeping your temps low and also being quiet with low dBa fans.

What it is probably going to come down to is available features that the boards come with.
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