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post #1 of 12
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Hi guys! I'm going to be building a custom gaming PC in the next few months, and I'm planning to watercool the CPU and GPU, but I am new to watercooling. I've been researching, and I have a list of the parts.

PC Parts:


Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Matte Black)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC LGA 1150

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K 3.5 Ghz LGA 1150

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN SuperClocked 6GB

RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB (2x8 GB) 2400 Mhz DDR3

SSD: Samsung 840 Series 250 GB

Hard Drive: WD Green 2 TB HDD

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W



Watercooling Parts:


Radiator: EK CoolStream 420 XTC Series

CPU Waterblock: Heatkiller Rev 3.0

GPU Waterblock: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan Hydro Copper

Pump: Alphacool Lighttower Reservoir/Pump Combo

Tubing and Fittings: ???????


Please give your opinions and tell me what I should change!
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by LegendaryBro14 View Post

Hi guys! I'm going to be building a custom gaming PC in the next few months, and I'm planning to watercool the CPU and GPU, but I am new to watercooling. I've been researching, and I have a list of the parts.

PC Parts:


Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Matte Black)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC LGA 1150

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K 3.5 Ghz LGA 1150

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN SuperClocked 6GB

RAM: Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB (2x8 GB) 2400 Mhz DDR3

SSD: Samsung 840 Series 250 GB

Hard Drive: WD Green 2 TB HDD

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W



Watercooling Parts:


Radiator: EK CoolStream 420 XTC Series

CPU Waterblock: Heatkiller Rev 3.0

GPU Waterblock: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan Hydro Copper

Pump: Alphacool Lighttower Reservoir/Pump Combo

Tubing and Fittings: ???????


Please give your opinions and tell me what I should change!

1. Get a Black or Blue WDD drive. Green falls asleep to 'save power' which probably won't be good for your use if you're gaming which I assume you are.

2. I wouldn't use a junky bronze PSU on that system. Get a Rosewlll Capstone 750 Gold Modular if you want to stay in the budget range. Do not cheap on your power supply in this system.

3. You may be better off on G.SKILL's better Trident-X series RAM. Someone else can chime in on this.

4. EK's Titan block is WAYYYY better than eVGA's Hydro Block.

Not familar with that pump or res...
Edited by PowerOver9K - 3/9/14 at 1:27pm
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hey man, I'm thinking of getting a Cooler Master V1000 PSU instead. Didn't know that about the Hard Drive;
Do you think that a 2TB Seagate Barracuda would be better?
post #4 of 12
I use the 2tb WD green. I have it setup so my os/apps run off the ssd and the desktop/picture/music/documents/video/downloads locations can brr configured to the WD green.(basically all the seeable folders in user directory.) Then turn off the cache file on the ssd and turn it on for the WD green. There is also a DOS program called wdidle3 that allows you to change the settings for the head parking on the WD green. After all that I haven't noticed any lag
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OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
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XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
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3770k
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 980x Asus Rampage II Extreme XFX ATI 7970 24Gb G-Skill F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTC140 D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Swiftech mcp655 RayStorm GPU 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Samsung 226BW Corsair TX950W Custom Desk Case 
Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 XFX ATI 7870 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 Wd Green EK SPIN DUEL BAY SWIFTECH MCP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
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LG W2343T LOGITECH G11 XFX PRO1000W Cooler Master HAF 932  
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post #5 of 12
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I use the 2tb WD green. I have it setup so my os/apps run off the ssd and the desktop/picture/music/documents/video/downloads locations can brr configured to the WD green.(basically all the seeable folders in user directory.) Then turn off the cache file on the ssd and turn it on for the WD green. There is also a DOS program called wdidle3 that allows you to change the settings for the head parking on the WD green. After all that I haven't noticed any lag

I know about Widdle but the MTBF(Time Before Failure) is longer on a Black/Blue as well as the warranty is better on a Black 5 vs 2 year on Green & Blue. It's also better off to just buy the drive thats right off the bat without having to use 3rd party software.
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That's true, out of my 10 WD greens I already RMA 2 of them before.
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3770k
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Intel I7 980x Asus Rampage II Extreme XFX ATI 7970 24Gb G-Skill F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTC140 D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Swiftech mcp655 RayStorm GPU 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Samsung 226BW Corsair TX950W Custom Desk Case 
Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 XFX ATI 7870 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 Wd Green EK SPIN DUEL BAY SWIFTECH MCP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG W2343T LOGITECH G11 XFX PRO1000W Cooler Master HAF 932  
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My System
(18 items)
 
3770k
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 980x Asus Rampage II Extreme XFX ATI 7970 24Gb G-Skill F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTC140 D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Swiftech mcp655 RayStorm GPU 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Samsung 226BW Corsair TX950W Custom Desk Case 
Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 XFX ATI 7870 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 Wd Green EK SPIN DUEL BAY SWIFTECH MCP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG W2343T LOGITECH G11 XFX PRO1000W Cooler Master HAF 932  
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post #7 of 12
I would stay away from Seagate provided my own experience working in IT for almost 20 years as well as http://www.pcworld.com/article/2089464/three-year-27-000-drive-study-reveals-the-most-reliable-hard-drive-makers.html

I will note WD owns HGST ( Hitachi )... I would just buy a WD Black if you want Spinning Disk and Samsung's EVO line if you want SSD.
post #8 of 12
Has the 4tb disks been even out for 3 Yrs?
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3770k
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 980x Asus Rampage II Extreme XFX ATI 7970 24Gb G-Skill F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTC140 D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Swiftech mcp655 RayStorm GPU 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Samsung 226BW Corsair TX950W Custom Desk Case 
Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 XFX ATI 7870 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 Wd Green EK SPIN DUEL BAY SWIFTECH MCP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG W2343T LOGITECH G11 XFX PRO1000W Cooler Master HAF 932  
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My System
(18 items)
 
3770k
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 980x Asus Rampage II Extreme XFX ATI 7970 24Gb G-Skill F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTC140 D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Swiftech mcp655 RayStorm GPU 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Samsung 226BW Corsair TX950W Custom Desk Case 
Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 XFX ATI 7870 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 Wd Green EK SPIN DUEL BAY SWIFTECH MCP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG W2343T LOGITECH G11 XFX PRO1000W Cooler Master HAF 932  
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by hell167 View Post

Has the 4tb disks been even out for 3 Yrs?

No and they aren't ranking that one.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by LegendaryBro14 View Post

Hey man, I'm thinking of getting a Cooler Master V1000 PSU instead. Didn't know that about the Hard Drive;
Do you think that a 2TB Seagate Barracuda would be better?

There is really no reason to buy a 1000w PSU for that system unless you plan on adding another graphics card sometime in the future, i would recommend around 750w like the Cooler Master V700 or the Rosewill, PowerOver9k recommended. This will leave you leave you with plenty of overhead to play around with.
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Core I7-2600 Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3 GTX 470 4x2 GB Kingston DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD Blue Seagate Barracuda Kingston SSDnow V300 WD Blue 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 Home Premium Syncmaster 225mw Syncmaster 225mw Asus VG236H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G19 SeaSonic 750W Fractal Arc Midi r2 Logitech G602 
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