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Old September 27, 2011, 01:45 PM
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Default Overclocked System Build With 2600K - Thinking about Liquid Cooling

This is a question from AndrewJ1981:

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hey man thanks for all the videos!
i have been watching them quite a bit but i'm still not informed enough to build myself a good gaming system. the problem is that i'm trying not to overspend, but i want a gaming system that will be able to run any game on its max settings. i don't care how the system looks, but i want it to have awesome cooling because my room tends to get pretty hot so i was thinking about liquid cooling, but then again, there are so many options for that that i'm very very confused!
i called your sales department and well, the guy kept having to check with a tech guy about my system build and i didnt feel too confident in his advice so i thought i'd ask you for some help.
i was looking at the vesta 5350OC which is a NCIX overclocked build.
i know it's overclocked at 4.0 GHZ, but i wanted a bit more juice out of there, and all the supporting hardware and cooling as well as case to support that. could you help me please?
this is what i initially built, but i'm not sure how well it will all go together and if you would recommend any changes there.


1 x Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core HT Unlocked Processor Overclocked to 4.0GHZ - NCIXPC Vesta OC Only
1 x Coolit Systems Eco CPU Water Cooling System AUTO-REGULATED & Maintenance Free LGA1366/1156/1155/AM3
1 x Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
2 x G.SKILL F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR Sniper SE 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-28 1.5V Memory Kit
2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 DS Superclocked Fermi 797MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card
1 x Cooler Master Haf 932 Advanced Full Tower EATX Case 7X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT USB3.0 eSATA 1394 Black
1 x Coolermaster Silent Pro 1000W Modular Power Supply SLI ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC PCI-E 135mm Fan
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
1 x Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 64MB Cache 7200RPM 3.5IN SATA Internal Hard Drive OEM
1 x * Please Set The SSD AS Boot Drive - 60GB or Higher IS Recommended
1 x Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SSD SATA3 Solid State Disk 555MB/S Read Sandforce SF-2200
1 x LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM
1 x LG BH12LS35 Blu-Ray Writer 12X BD-R 16X DVD+R Lightscribe 3D Ready SATA
1 x nGear Flash Card Reader 3.5IN Internal USB Black CF/SM/SDHC/MMC/MS/XD 18IN Cable
1 x Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard USB Programmable Backlit Keys USB Audio
1 x Steelseries Ikari Laser Ergonomic Professional Gaming Mouse USB *IR-$6.99*
1 x Please Use The Onboard Sound Card Integrated On My Motherboard
1 x Intel PRO/1000 CT Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter PCI Express NIC OEM
1 x PC Assembly and Testing With 1 Year Limited NCIX System Warranty (PRE-CONFIG WIN. OS If Purchased)


i would appreciate any help you can give!

thanks in advance!

Andrew
Right now you've got a very good looking build there. I don't see many things that I would change, but here are a couple of comments:

1. I would think long and hard about whether you want DS cards or external exhaust cards. The HAF 932 is a great case for cooling, but those 580s will output a lot of heat. Lots of consideration should be given to the way you want airflow to work for your system. If you decide to use the CoolIT Eco as an INTAKE (so you're not using recycled hot air to cool the CPU), then DS cards should work just fine and you can use a negative air pressure cooling approach. Just remember that it'll get dustier that way, so you should clean it out once in a while with a can of compressed air.

2. You don't really need an add-in NIC. The onboard NIC is also gigabit. That said, MMO games have been demonstrated to benefit from a dedicated NIC... Hard to say how much of it is smoke and mirrors though...

3. Personally I have a couple of brands that are higher on my list in terms of PSU recommendations. Corsair and Antec come to mind.
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