Originally Posted by Insane569
Yea but it's best to lay out a nice build at the beginning than to change your mind and realize you want to go custom in like half a year.
The closest way to get to "_uture proof" is by buying products that will last you a long time. Like a quality and sturdy case or a really good power supply.
Getting a motherboard that will support SLI later will be helpful in case you ever do go SLI down the road. Sure it's not the best, but when you're video card gets kind of old, its a great way to keep up with the performance. Just ask all the people who use SLI GTX 550s or 580s or what not. Best buy it now, or spend more down the road.
the OP listed a set budget of $1400, blowing money on custom water cooling doesnt not net you way more performance, some cases you can end up spending the price of your rig, if not more.
yeah there are kits from xspc, but spending $300 shipped, thats the price of an i7!
buying hardware that wont become super obsolete as soon as you buy it is the aim of being "future proof" and spending money on higher end components that give you the best bang for your buck is the best way to do that. And you may argue that yeah water cooling a gpu will make them last longer, sure thats valid. but theres also an inherent hassle involved with water cooling, draining the loop annually is just one of those things.
also you can ask the guys that are running sli 580s that are in a custom loop how much they spent total, and if you subtract the cost of water cooling it would be able to pay for another graphics card.
Cutom water cooling is for people who are enthusiasts, and who are willing to spend a lot of money just to have a cool rig that is different.
Sorry im not trying to personally attack you, but are you doing a custom loop yourself?
but i do agree on a quality case, because that is something that you can keep for years and years, upgrade after upgrade. And also having the OPTION of being able to run multi graphics cards and such, but right out of the gate, would it be the best idea to go way overkill just to power a single 1080p monitor that is probably 60hz? no way man.