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Ok, this is my first time building a PC, and I have been reading on these forums for about a week or so and gotten some great ideas/feedback. I initially ordered a system from cyberpowerpc.com but after they delayed my order for two weeks (I even selected next day rush shipping/processing for 150 extra), I decided I can save a little bit of money and have more fun building it myself. Without further adieu, here is the list of parts I have purchased so far...

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Components:

Intel i7 2600K (298.99 shipped, Newegg)
Crucial C300 128GB SSD SATAIII 6Gb/s (229.99 shipped, TigerDirect)
(2x)Seagate 500GB SATAIII HD 7200-16MB-6Gb/s (RAID0) (88.72 shipped, TigerDirect)
ASUS P8P67 (164.29 shipped [still backordered] TigerDirect)
Corsair 850HX (167.99 shipped, Newegg)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (2x4GB) 1600MHz CAS8 (114.99 shipped, Newegg)
CoolerMaster HAF X Black (182.99 shipped, Newegg)
(2x)Apple 27" IPS LED Cinema Displays (already owned)
Sapphire Radeon HD 6990 4GB DDR5 (725.29 shipped, TigerDirect)

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Watercooling:
(performance-pcs.com)

EK-Supreme HF High Flow-Highest Performance CPU Water Block NK - Blue Plexi/Black
- Fitting Size: 1/2" Barb for 1/2" ID tube $79.95
XSPC RX360 Extreme Performance Radiator
- Nozzles: Add Pair Bitspower Compression Fitting 1/2" ID 3/4" OD $103.70
XSPC RX120 Extreme Performance Radiator
- Nozzles: Add Pair Bitspower Compression Fitting 1/2" ID 3/4" OD $68.70
XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir and MCP655 with speed control $136.90
4 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120 mm by Nidec Servo Corp. - Medium Speed - Sleeved $59.80
Scythe KM03-BK "KAZE MASTER PRO" 5.25" Bay Mountable 6 Channel Fan Controller - Black $39.95
2 x Bitspower G1/4 Matte Black Rotary Compression Fitting-ID 1/2" OD 3/4" $25.20
2 x 12" Cathode Light Kit Sleeved - Ultraviolet $20.99
15' PrimoFlex Pro LRT UV Blue Tubing -1/2in. ID X 3/4in. OD $33.75
IandH Dead-Water Copper Sulfate Biocidal PC Coolant Additive $4.99
IandH Silver KillCoils - Antimicrobial .999 Fine Silver Tubing / Reservoir Strip $6.99

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Total cost so far: $2574.31


If I'm missing anything, or if anyone has any comments, please feel free to post away. I will be posting screenshots as I start the build. And if anyone can come up with a name for my rig, I would be greatly indebted.
Edited by scubamp - 3/21/11 at 9:52pm
    
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Crucial C300 128GB SSD/2 Seagate 500GB RAID0 Asus 24x DVD-RW Win7 64bit (2x) Apple 27" LED Cinema Displays 
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Corsair HX 850 CoolerMaster HAF X 
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Crucial C300 128GB SSD/2 Seagate 500GB RAID0 Asus 24x DVD-RW Win7 64bit (2x) Apple 27" LED Cinema Displays 
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post #2 of 31
Go with the ssd and the 2tb drive and for someone who is building their first pc you seem to know quite abit about WC, UV and WC arent really the best of friends if your running UV your maintenance on the loop goes way up, anyway good luck with the build
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post #3 of 31
Jesus that's expensive. What do you plan on doing?
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post #4 of 31
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Mostly building this for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and X-Plane, but also love Battlefield 2 and the forthcoming BF3. That's probably about it.
    
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Crucial C300 128GB SSD/2 Seagate 500GB RAID0 Asus 24x DVD-RW Win7 64bit (2x) Apple 27" LED Cinema Displays 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 128GB SSD/2 Seagate 500GB RAID0 Asus 24x DVD-RW Win7 64bit (2x) Apple 27" LED Cinema Displays 
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Thats a solid build you've got there!

Id get a bigger ssd for a boot drive/commonly used games, and then get a 2tb dump drive.
I'm not sure on the watercooling, but I've heard that the RX360 is great value from some friends that own it.

Why dont you get UV tubing and use distiled water + silver? That will reduce the dye building up inside you blocks.
    
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post #6 of 31
That's certainly overkill then. You better return that 2600k and the GPU.
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post #7 of 31
you should call the build something epic like, DARK THUNDER! (lol)
    
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post #8 of 31
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cuad View Post
That's certainly overkill then. You better return that 2600k and the GPU.
I have a little extra money and a solid job, and would like to play with benchmarking and overclocking for fun, so I'm not concerned with the cost too much. I plan on buying a third 27" Apple cinema display, so the 4 mini display ports of the Radeon 6990 help out alot, as well as being the fastest video card in the world I do agree that the 2500K would have been sufficient, but for 70 bucks and the extra 0.1MHz, and HyperThreading if needed in the future, the 2600K was an obvious choice. Overkill is fun, btw, or I wouldn't be in a forum called "overclock.net"
    
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Crucial C300 128GB SSD/2 Seagate 500GB RAID0 Asus 24x DVD-RW Win7 64bit (2x) Apple 27" LED Cinema Displays 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 128GB SSD/2 Seagate 500GB RAID0 Asus 24x DVD-RW Win7 64bit (2x) Apple 27" LED Cinema Displays 
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post #9 of 31
Quote:
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Jesus that's expensive. What do you plan on doing?
LOL you should have told me that two months ago...

Thats a pretty epic set up man, but for your use, the Core i5-2500k will act exactly the same as the Core i7-2600k, I would save a bit of money there at the very least. I would definitely go for solid state, but I would bump up the size a bit for the money you would save on the processor. As a boot drive and a program drive, if you want a solid state that will be comfortable, 120 is perfect, coming from people I've talked to who have to deal with 80gb and under drives.
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post #10 of 31

Very solid build and similar to mine! I would suggest grabbing two GTX 570's and putting the rest of the cash towards a bigger SSD. You should be just as fast and save $100-$150. If you are going 100% blue, grab a blue 230mm fan for the front and two 200mm fans for the top and side if you like. 2 cold cathodes would be nice too (I have 2 UV cathodes)

I have a 64gb C300 and it is a night and day difference when it comes to booting. Just to give you an idea, when my system gets into windows (15 seconds) I can click on firefox and it opens immediately. Not even 1 second, immediately.

For the storage HDD, go for 2x f3 samsung spinpoints. Great drives at a great price!


Just my suggestion but let me know if you have questions!

If you really want the 3 display ports, then the 6990 is the best choice.
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