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Hello to anyone reading, I've built a few PC's over the years but nothing as high end and expensive as now so I'm looking for some input from fellow enthusiasts (btw I haven't posted here in a while). So here's what I'm currently looking at, please feel free to criticize constructively just don't post any troll rants ty:

MOBO:ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme
OR
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (only reason I'm thinking about the Extreme is because of the Lucid Hydra mmmmmm)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

RAM: 2xG.SKILL PC3-16000 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-2000 CL7-9-7-24

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5

PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 800W

HDD: Primary
- OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB
Secondary
- WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 64MB Cache

Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black E-ATX

Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70 (I want to water cool my GPU as well so I may get a different water cooling kit)


What do you think? Recommendations? What do you like? What would you change?

P.S. Keep in mind that I live in Toronto so things aren't as cheap north of the border, plus I'm going to be price matching everything to save some $$$

Thanks!
    
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post #2 of 12
Looks good though more memory would be a good idea. Think that your choice of an H70 is good for cooling though you may want to consider, if you want to watercool you cards later, to go ahead with the H70 and have a separate WC setup with reservoir pump and lines for your vid cards. Just a thought.
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Thanks for the quick response BodyShield. Got any suggestions for water cooling 1 or 2 video cards?
    
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Samsung 200GB SATA LG CD-RW+DVD-RW Combo Drive and Samsung DVD-ROM Windows XP Professional SP2 LG L194WT 19" Widescreen 
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Well, yeah buy a small to medium size reservoir, a couple of Zalman waterblocks, some nonconductive thermal paste, the tubing needed, and a decent pump. The Swiftech MCP-650 or 655 would work great.
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Originally Posted by BodyShield View Post
Well, yeah buy a small to medium size reservoir, a couple of Zalman waterblocks, some nonconductive thermal paste, the tubing needed, and a decent pump. The Swiftech MCP-650 or 655 would work great.
...Zalman waterblocks

I'd try to look for the XSPC water cooling kit and buy some PVC tubing from a hardware store (home depot if you have them)


For your rig, I'd get an intel/nvidia set up instead for a similar price

X2 of these gtx 460s http://ncix.com/products/?sku=54626&...SI%2FMicroStar

i5 750

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=54753&...l&promoid=1253


mobo

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=48019&...nufacture=ASUS


psu

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=36263&...ufacture=Antec


cheers
post #6 of 12
Stay clear from zalman blocks unless using Aluminium rads.

But for top notch I would be looking at crossfired 5870's, 8GB Ram. Nice choice on the SSD.
post #7 of 12
Well, I'd use Zalman, the aluminum rads, some OCZ Blue, and a thermal pads as well as lapping the waterblocks. Works better than most people think and reviews dont do it justice.
post #8 of 12
If you want water cooling upgradability, look at the XSPC 120/240/360 kits. Their prices aren't too far off from the H70, tops maybe $50 more.

Since you're going AMD, it's a good idea to use 5870s, or 69xx cards. Intel/Nvidia is my route of choice, but it's gonna alter prices to hte upper side, definitely. If Intel, go i7 or Sandy Bridge.
 
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post #9 of 12
Lucid Hydra isn't all that great based off some benchmarks I've seen, I'm not sure if it warrants the price premium.
The 1090T is an awesome processor, it's superior to intels offerings at the same price.
For ram I'd get a 2x4gb kit instead of two 2x2gb kits more modules = more stress on the memory controller and right now the 2x4gb kit on newegg doesn't cost you any more.
The Psu that Morizuno posted would be a better choice for the rig you posted, if you want to go CF in the future maybe get the 750 version of the Truepower New.
post #10 of 12
4x2gb of DDR3 2000 ram.
Only one thing to say. It won't oc while at 2000. Maybe 3.8ghz max.
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