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Old 05-05-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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Default Watercooling and other upgrades

Im thinking of doing a few HUGE upgrades to my current computer but before I put down what im planning to do I want to explain my position here so no one flames me for going overkill.

So right now I'm a high school student in grade 10 (2 years away from graduating) and I work at best buy earning just over $800 per month. I have all of the money I'll need for university and a car set aside in a savings account right now and my dad wants me to build him his next comp (in august or so). so this is what im planning to do:
2x eVGA GTX 480s $519.99 each
Buying from memory express
Antec 1000W PSU $179.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817371012
eVGA E758-A1 $284.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813188039
Intel Ci7-930 $299.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819115225
G-Skill Turbulence 6x2GB 1600MHz CAS 6 RAM $399.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231354
6x Intel X25-M 80GBs in RAID 0 $119 each (i get them from an intel sales training site)

Total: $2518.95

and water cooling for the cpu and graphics cards. I'm planning to buy the ssd's as soon as they become available and then buy the gfx cards. Then i'm going to wait until august and sell my dad my current mobo+proc for his computer and then buy whatever the latest affordable ones are (hopefully the i9 and 1155 chipset).

I just have a couple of questions, would all of the wc stuff i would need fit in my case (antec 1200)? and how much would the wc cost? can someone plz help me find good rads, reservoirs, pumps and waterblocks?

thanks guys
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: Watercooling and other upgrades

There is a watercooling guide that Grant made in the Oc section. I added a bunch of recommendations for loops.

BTW, there is no reason to buy a GTX 480 unless you are trying to do stereo 3D. For everything else, you would do much better with a 5850 trifire setup, especially once you are done overclocking. They can get to 1000-1100 MHz easy. You could also consider a single 5970 on water. It can usually clock to 900-1000 MHz.

And why 6 SSDs?! That is just pointless imo. Performance seems to go down with more than two. Save your money.

EDIT: Here is the guide. http://computerforums.org/showthread.php?t=87071
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buy a 5850 and 470 ans set up the 470 as a phyx card
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buy a 5850 and 470 ans set up the 470 as a phyx card
That is a stupid amount of overkill for a PhysX card. A 9800GT could EASILY do just as well (as a PhysX card).

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^ What? Where do you see a Nvidia chipset?
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^ What? Where do you see a Nvidia chipset?
I have absolutely no clue. I just read EVGA and assumed. Well, you know what they say about assumptions I guess....
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Haha. I had the spec sheet for the X58 on a tab and was ready for soem pwnage xD.

I've made a lot worse mistakes. Nvidia chipsets aren't as flaky as they seem to you. Have you owned one before? If you have and had a bad experience I can see why you'd say it. They have their little quirks, but for the most part, are rock solid.
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That is a stupid amount of overkill for a PhysX card. A 9800GT could EASILY do just as well (as a PhysX card).

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for physX to not hurt performance, you will need more than a 9800 GT. Something with 128 CUDA cores is usually the minimum reccomendation for high end gaming systems.
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