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The details of my current rig are listed below. I'm looking to start collection the parts necessary to upgrade. Mainly, I want to switch to a quad core processor, increase my RAM, and add the ability to support 3-4 monitors. I work as a revenue manager and spend much of my time doing intensive work in Excel so I'm thinking a quad core should help improve my performance. I already have nearly 3 TBs in HDDs, a 40 GB SDD, and 2 DVD drives that I would like to still use. Also, I have recently moved to Las Vegas where (obviously) heat is an issue. How hard is it to build a watercooled setup?

In my free time I occasionally game, but processing power is more important than graphics for me at this point. Would getting a second GPU to match my current one be a good idea?

Any suggestions at all would be helpful, thanks.
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well if u can afford it get an i7 2600k and an ati 6950 for the triple monitors and u will need maybe an extra 4gb of ram,its just wat i would do....oh and i remembered if u get the 2600k the motherboard will most likley have a 16x pci-e slot and an 8x one so u could get another 9800gtx+ and do sli coz u cant do a triple monitor setup with 1 nvidia card u need atleast 2 in sli or just 1 ati card
Edited by TehStranger? - 4/13/11 at 9:18pm
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2500k and 6950 / unlocked shaders and OC to 1GHz/6GHz
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What you're basically going to end up doing is a complete system rebuild. Since you haven't stated a budget, I'm going to reccomend either a Core i7 2600k or a Core i5 2500k. Either of these will suit you very nicely. As for a motherboard, an ASUS Sabertooth P67 should match in nicely. This would roughly run you about $500 US.

Then you have to take the RAM into consideration. I'm not even going to bother finding a set because there's just so many. As for a GPU, I give my vote to the 6950. You can unlock it if you really want, but it is extremely powerful even on its own. RAM might cost you maybe $150 max, and the GPU costs slightly under $250.

Basically you're looking at close to $900 in upgrades. All your other existing parts look fine to me. They won't need upgrading for a couple years.

Hope I helped.
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Originally Posted by shinigamibob View Post
What you're basically going to end up doing is a complete system rebuild. Since you haven't stated a budget, I'm going to reccomend either a Core i7 2600k or a Core i5 2500k. Either of these will suit you very nicely. As for a motherboard, an ASUS Sabertooth P67 should match in nicely. This would roughly run you about $500 US.

Then you have to take the RAM into consideration. I'm not even going to bother finding a set because there's just so many. As for a GPU, I give my vote to the 6950. You can unlock it if you really want, but it is extremely powerful even on its own. RAM might cost you maybe $150 max, and the GPU costs slightly under $250.

Basically you're looking at close to $900 in upgrades. All your other existing parts look fine to me. They won't need upgrading for a couple years.

Hope I helped.
Very helpful indeeed!

Will my current power supply be enough to handle a system like that? Also, would fan cooling be enough or should I serious consider water cooling?
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Oh yeah, your PSU is more than adequate to power the system I suggested. I'm running my sig rig with a 750W, and I don't seem to have any problems. You could even go crossfire with 750W easily.

As for cooling, for a set up like that, its not necessary. I run my system on air and there isn't any cooling problems. My CPU, although at stock settings, idles at 24-26C, and on load barely hits 55C. The case temperature idles at roughly 26-28C. So, no, you don't need water cooling. Unless you want to do some extreme overclocking, which in that case is a completely different story.

Personally, I think my personal strength is air cooling when it comes to PC building. So if you have any air cooling questions, fire away. As for liquid cooling, I'm definitely not the right guy to ask.
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Originally Posted by shinigamibob View Post
Oh yeah, your PSU is more than adequate to power the system I suggested. I'm running my sig rig with a 750W, and I don't seem to have any problems. You could even go crossfire with 750W easily.

As for cooling, for a set up like that, its not necessary. I run my system on air and there isn't any cooling problems. My CPU, although at stock settings, idles at 24-26C, and on load barely hits 55C. The case temperature idles at roughly 26-28C. So, no, you don't need water cooling. Unless you want to do some extreme overclocking, which in that case is a completely different story.

Personally, I think my personal strength is air cooling when it comes to PC building. So if you have any air cooling questions, fire away. As for liquid cooling, I'm definitely not the right guy to ask.
Okay. Another question - do you have a recommendation for a good case that is larger than my current one? I could use another drive bay plus having some extra room to help with airflow and whatnot would be useful. Space isn't really an issue for me since it sits on the floor.
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Originally Posted by nemlich22 View Post
Okay. Another question - do you have a recommendation for a good case that is larger than my current one? I could use another drive bay plus having some extra room to help with airflow and whatnot would be useful. Space isn't really an issue for me since it sits on the floor.
Maybe I'm biased here, but I can't be more happy with my Cooler Master HAF 932. The thing is massive... you can fit any thing you could every think of in there with room to spare. Currently I have 6 HDD's running in there all the time, and none of them go over 28C. Here is a link to the flickr page of my build:
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjtykhAy
Just for conveniences sake, here is a normal idle temperature of my system - don't mind the circle, its was for another thread.


And after a lighting mod:
http://flic.kr/s/aHsju8FNPi

Seriously though, the 932 has more holes than swiss cheese... that thing is massive airflow.
Edited by shinigamibob - 4/13/11 at 10:00pm
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Power plugs off the PSU for video cards on that 750w unit?
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Power plugs off the PSU for video cards on that 750w unit?
Its a TX series PSU, I wouldn't worry about the amperage or anything on those. The TX series is rock solid - I would even say that its the most popular PSU on OCN.

PS: Welcome to OCN!
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