I used to be a huge gamer, and PC enthusiast.. but this was many many years ago. I fell off the wagon and stayed strictly a console gamer. The last computer I built was probably 10 years ago or so back in HS... so things have changed dramatically in the PC world.
Well here I am, I have decided to get back into PC gaming, more than likely sell my iMac and build a machine to call my own. I love my Macbook and iMac but I cant help but just love how much better a windows system is for gaming.. and for the things I use my mac for, I can do the same on the right build of machine too..
My goal on this build is to create a decent gaming platform that will last me a few years before having to really upgrade a lot, yet still handle the things I did on my iMac - video editing, graphic design, even digital music composition from time to time..
so here is what I have come up with so far:
•Case: Coolermaster HAF X
•MoBo: ASUS Maximus VI Formula LGA 1150
•CPU: Intel i7-4770k Haswell 3.5GHz 1150
•GPU: "EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual Classified Hydro Copper
•PSU: "CORSAIR RM Series RM1000 1000W ATX12V "
•RAM: "G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2133"
•SSD: "1x Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F360GBGS-BK 2.5"" 360GB"
•HDD: "1x Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST1000NM0033 1TB 7200 RPM"
•OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
• I don't really need an optical drive as everything these days can be downloaded, mounted as a virtual disc, USB-Booted, etc..
• This motherboard offers a pretty decent audio setup, and I don't require anything crazy or a studio-grade audio card.
I have never built a water-cooled system so I want to give it a shot. I've been doing research (and still am) on which parts I should get, what everything does, and basically just learning along the way. I know I'm going to come across some hiccups and bumps along the way, but its all about the learning experience. The last time I built a computer, there really weren't "high performance" fans, or any kind of special cooler for the CPU.. You just found a decent heat sync, properly ventilated your case with a COUPLE fans, and you were set.
My water cooling ideas so far:
•CPU: Swiftech Apogee HD High Performance 4-Port CPU Waterblock
• The heat syncs on the board are already blocked by the "ROG armor" that comes on the Mobo, which is a nice touch.
•The GPU comes encased in a water block from the factory
• I haven't decided on radiators yet but I know I want to put a 360 in the top of my case with 5x fans (probably 3x 120mm fans on the bottom of the Rad, and 2 140mm fans on the top, in a push-pull) I also want to put a 240 Rad in the bottom, with 2x 120mm fans in a pull configuration.
• Haven't found a pump I want yet
• Haven't decided on a reservoir yet, but I have some ideas, I like those longer cylinder type res'
• I will probably buy 2 types of fittings.. The standard compression fittings to use with the flexible tubing normally used for cooling, as well as the special fittings needed for rigid acryllinc tubing. I LOVE the look of rigid setups. I know it's a lot of work but well worth the work put into it. I want to run everything with the flexible tubing first just to figure out how I want everything setup, and then run my rigid tubes - custom curving everything possible. I don't like when people do a rigid setup and only use straight tubes, and their bends are "cheated" by using 45° and 90° angle fittings.. If you are going to put in the work, do it right!
as far as other things I didn't list.. like monitors etc, I'll research those things after the build. I am looking to do this around tax return time early next year.. I have a bunch of other questions but I will save them for when it comes time to order parts and build.. like fan controllers, how they work and some other questions I have..
sorry for being winded but this is my intro