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Hi everyone, I attempted to build a computer about 8 years ago and that went horrible so I bought a custom gaming rig from Digital Storm as my next PC. It's been five years and I have begun having problems with it so I figured it was time to teach myself how to build another one.

I'm going from an X58 Classified with an i7 980x extreme overclocked to 4.1GHz and two GTX 480 in SLI to an Asus Z170 Deluxe with an i7 6700k and starting with a single Asus STRIX GTX 980 TI GB OC. I'll buy a second one and go SLI when they become available again.

I wanted to take my time and learn how to build a liquid cooling system so I purchased a Corsair H100i GTX CPU cooler to hold me over til I buy all my LC components. I want to build a fully modular LC system so I don't have to deal with the hassles of draining the system every time I want to upgrade or have problems with my components.

Wish me luck! I'm definitely going to need it. LOL
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Good luck on the new build. Remember Youtube is a great tool for building a PC. A few years ago I had no idea how to build a computer and basically used a bunch of different videos on Youtube to make that happen. And of course you can always use the forum here if you have any specific questions!
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Thanks! I've probably spend triple the time on YouTube than I have in my case. I've run into so many questions that are not covered in the manuals for the case or motherboard. I will be taking pictures when I get home in hopes that others will be able to look at them and help answer questions I can't already find online.
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post #4 of 7
That would be the best route to take in my opinion. Just take a picture of the issue post it on here and Im sure someone will know the answer.
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"I basically started a fire the first time I built a PC so for my second attempt I want to do the most difficult and screwup-prone thing there is to do in the world of PC building and run a custom loop"rolleyes.gifthumb.gif

Make sure you use the rigid tubing and bend it yourself. That's even harder. Hell, make your own blocks! Go pick up a CNC machine.
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As others have said You tube and the internet is def your best friend in building a computer.... My first build was an athlon processor brought on a whim in a computer store and then taking it to a local computer shop and asking "i need the rest of the bits to build that up please" and promptly getting a chuckle from the guy at the counter... although they did help me out a lot and even offered to build it for me but i wanted to do it myself.

Cue 10 mins of excitement on getting all my new bits unboxed, followed by the realization that i had no clue what to do but I soon realised that I knew basics from upgrading modems and ram and that if it dont fit together its probably not meant to go together... an hour or so later i was nervously pressing the power button watching the system for flames or similar death throws but it booted fine and i was installing the mighty windows 98!!

Water cooling needs time and patience if your going the custom loop route, i can confidently recommend the EK water blocks kits they have everything you need in one box and they are all quality components with no corners cut to meet a price bracket. I built one only a few weeks back for a friend to cool a 980ti and a heavily overclocked i5. Id also say if you keep your cooling loop simple then there would be no need for disconnects as they are just expensive for what they are and introduce more connections to go bad and possibly leak... research is key give jayztwocents a watch on youtube if you want good watercooling advice hes got reviews on the EK gear there too. Even with quick disconnects your going to have to prime the system and bleed the air out of the system that the new part will introduce so its not something i would do it would only save a few mins here and there and if you use soft tube you can just get a hose clamp from a car spares place to save any excess fluid loss.
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post #7 of 7
If you are building for the first time, and you use a custom loop, you are insane. I guarantee you will screw up and kill a part, if not all your parts.

Go air cooled for your first build.
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