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Hi everyone,

I am making my first forray into the world of tech forums as an active poster, after spending countless hours searching extisting threads to find answers to my questions.

Basically I am building a brand new high-end rig from the ground up, and have all of the parts purchased except for the video cards. By virtue of the Kandalf LCS case and a Thermaltake M-5/M-2 cooling combination, I have a 2 pump/2 RES/ 2 Rad liquid cooling setup ready for whatever single or double loop settup I come up with.

I want to cool the crap out of my Q6600, and hopefully push it to around 3.8Ghz.

I want to either crossfire and overclock two HD 3870's with watercooling, or if they come out by say June 7th I would like to snag a HD 4870 and overclock/watercool it. (so I will have room to add 2 more HD 4870s later.)

If there are good memory water-cooling kits, I want to water-cool my DDR3ram to help overclock it.

And of course I want to run water through my motherboard, since it has the heatpipe/heatsink/wateblock combo to tie the NB, SB, etc together.

Here is what I have:

1) Asus Maximus Extreme Mobo (with watercooling block)

2) Q6600 quad-core G0 stepping

3) 4GB (2x2GB) Patriot Extreme DDR3 1600Mhz 7-7-7-24 stock

4) 1TB Hard drive. (2x Seagate Baracudda 7200.11 NCQ 32 MB cache raid0)

5) Asus lightscribe Sata DVD-RW combo drive

6) Silverstone 1000w modular power supply

7) Thermaltake LCS super-tower case (120x360 Rad/fans, res, 500 lph pump.)

8) Thermaltake Aquabay M2 5.25" drive bay 120x120 Rad/fan kit.

9) Thermaltake Aquabay M5, 500lph pump, res, temp sensor, fluid level sensor, digital LCD readout/alarm 5.25." drive-bay faceplate.

10) Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HighFlow CPU water block

11) All 3/8" tubing and compression fittings (that's what came with the kits.)

12) Hanspree 22 inch widescrren LCD, 2ms G2G, 1000:1 contrast ratio

13) About another $400-450 left to buy my video card(s) and associated GPU water block(s) with

I've dropped $2500 on it so far, and I am trying to stay under $3000 total. I will be posting a log once I start to build it in about two weeks.

I am looking for suggestions about how to best setup the case, watercooling, overclocking, and of course wether the 4870 is worth waiting for vs two 3870s

Thanks in advance for the help!
Edited by Shazaam977 - 5/13/08 at 1:33pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 2.4Ghz @ <3.8+ is goal> Asus Maximus Extreme Water-Cooled Haven't decided yet Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2gb) DDR3 1600Mhz @ 1800Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB 2X 500G Barracuda 7200.11 NCQ in Raid 0 ASUS LightScribe 20X SATA DVD-RW Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Hannspree 22in Widescreen LCD 
PowerCase
Silverstone Strider 1000W modular Thermaltake Kandalf LCS 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 2.4Ghz @ <3.8+ is goal> Asus Maximus Extreme Water-Cooled Haven't decided yet Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2gb) DDR3 1600Mhz @ 1800Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB 2X 500G Barracuda 7200.11 NCQ in Raid 0 ASUS LightScribe 20X SATA DVD-RW Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Hannspree 22in Widescreen LCD 
PowerCase
Silverstone Strider 1000W modular Thermaltake Kandalf LCS 
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Originally Posted by Shazaam977 View Post
7) Thermaltake LCS super-tower case (120x360 Rad/fans, res, 500 lph pump.)
8) Thermaltake Aquabay M2 5.25" drive bay 120x120 Rad/fan kit.
9) Thermaltake Aquabay M5, 500lph pump, res, temp sensor, fluid level sensor, digital LCD readout/alarm 5.25." drive-bay faceplate.
10) Alphacool NexXxos X2 Bold HighFlow CPU water block
11) All 3/8" tubing and compression fittings (that's what came with the kits.)
You could do better, a lot better............
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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Thanks billbartuska, but "You could do better, a lot better............"isn't exactly advice, so could you be a little more specific?

There are always better, more expensive parts out there, so I am mainly looking for the best way to set up what I have, and possibly suggestions for what upgrades to consider first for the future.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 2.4Ghz @ <3.8+ is goal> Asus Maximus Extreme Water-Cooled Haven't decided yet Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2gb) DDR3 1600Mhz @ 1800Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB 2X 500G Barracuda 7200.11 NCQ in Raid 0 ASUS LightScribe 20X SATA DVD-RW Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Hannspree 22in Widescreen LCD 
PowerCase
Silverstone Strider 1000W modular Thermaltake Kandalf LCS 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 2.4Ghz @ <3.8+ is goal> Asus Maximus Extreme Water-Cooled Haven't decided yet Patriot Viper 4GB (2x2gb) DDR3 1600Mhz @ 1800Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB 2X 500G Barracuda 7200.11 NCQ in Raid 0 ASUS LightScribe 20X SATA DVD-RW Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Hannspree 22in Widescreen LCD 
PowerCase
Silverstone Strider 1000W modular Thermaltake Kandalf LCS 
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Reply
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Originally Posted by Shazaam977 View Post
Thanks billbartuska, but "You could do better, a lot better............"isn't exactly advice, so could you be a little more specific?

There are always better, more expensive parts out there, so I am mainly looking for the best way to set up what I have, and possibly suggestions for what upgrades to consider first for the future.
Since you seem to have a rather large budget and want to OC as far as possible I's strongly suggest piecing together a WC system from the many available high end WCing parts available.

There are two ways to spec a WCing setup:
Ask for suggestions of forums...not a good idea as very little actual "data" will be presented, mostly anecdotal stuff like "I use an XXX and it's good"

Determine the heat load the Wcing must dissipate, then review data on waterblocks, pumps and rads and calculate what they will do.
See this a good description of the process. Note that Marci is "Mr. PA"

good luck.........
Edited by billbartuska - 5/15/08 at 5:51am
My System
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
  hide details  
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