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Old December 19, 2009, 09:32 PM
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So a co-worker and I are brainstorming some ideas for a build for him, and I am posting what we have so far. He is now just looking for more input - so everything is appretiated! He is not a real big modern-day gamer, but is still looking for some power and to get into th water cooling scene. He is wanting it water-cooled but after telling him how much it can become price wise, he decided he only wants the CPU, and GPU cooled. His biggest attraction to water-cooling is the look of it

CASE: Undecided, but needs to hold a 120.3/ 360 Radiator internally.
CPU: Intel Core i5 750
MOBO: ASUS P55D Pro or Gigabyte P55A-UD3
RAM: 4GB G.Skill RipJaws 1600MHz
PSU: Corsair TX750W
GPU: ATI 4890 or GTX 260
HDD: Western Digital 640GB Caviar Black
SSD: OCZ 60GB Vertex

Resivoir: EK 150 - 250
Pump: MCP355 w/ xspc top
Radiator: PA120.3 or GTX 360
CPU Block: Heatkiller 3.0 or Enzotech Sapphire
GPU Block: aquagratiX 4890


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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
1. There is no real specific task this computer will be used for, but gaming (again, nothing to modern) will be the first priority.
2. There is no budget set in stone, but his wife probably wants it budgetable.
3. Canada, and maybe the USA
4. No preferance.
5. Monitor and Periferals.
6. Yes, there are other i5 builds etc. but nothing that is "right"
7. Yes, this i5 750 will be under water
8. Q1 2010

Any changes we should make, or does this look decent?
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Old December 20, 2009, 01:18 AM
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Looks solid, I'll make a few suggestions:

The CM ATCS 840 is great on a moderate budget if you need a 360mm rad. It's got loads of room for watercooling, I think it can even fit push-pull 38mm fans internally on a radiator above the motherboard. Don't quote me on that, but I'm fairly sure it can.

I'd say go with a 5770. It's about the same price as what you mentioned but it has all the latest and greatest technology i.e. Eyefinity and DX11. Also, if he decides to add another one, the scaling is off the freakin' chart; some benchmarks have >100% scaling. God knows how that works, and he doesn't especially care.

Also, I'm a WC noob myself, but I'd say the Apogee GTZ or XT with an 1156 backplate would be the best CPU block there.

Also, I'm not entirely sure why you're putting an SSD in there with the rest of those components. From what I can see SSDs are nice, but they're not essential and unless you have a very large budget they're not worth it at the moment.
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Old December 20, 2009, 01:36 AM
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Your build is great and well balanced. For the case I can only say +1 to the ATCS. I use one of these monster and I can't go back now. For the rest carry on with that it's a great and solid build.
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Old December 20, 2009, 11:26 AM
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He really wants an SSD so might as well put it in there. As for the 4890/ 5770 cards, I'll do some research on those. Thanks for the input!
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The 5770 does support Eyefinity and DX11, but keep in mind that it's still a fair amount slower than the 4890. What resolution will he be running at?
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Radiator wise, maybe look at the HWLabs Black Ice SR1 360, XSPC RX360 and EK Coolstream XT 360. All will do nicely with low to medium speed fans. They also are a bit cheaper than the PA/GTX. Personally I would pass on the GTX360 since I don't like noisy fans.

CPU block, definitely Heatkiller IMO. They just look amazing and perform very well. My other choice would be the EK Supreme LT.

GPU block, why not a matching Heatkiller one? Though I'd be careful with the HD4890s since a lot of them don't follow reference design anymore, so getting a proper fitting block may be difficult.

PSU, I'd grab the HX750W instead, or the 850W. Modular is always nice, especially since he seems concerned with looks.

Video card, why the GTX260 as the other choice? GTX275 would be wiser IMO, and probably is easier to find. However I'd drop the SSD and get a HD5850/5870 with the savings...

Case, Corsair 800D? That thing is a beast.
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2 x 5770 FTW lol. Ive got a pair of V2 models and they are better then my single 5870.
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@ jdrom1, the 260 is the closest thing in price to the 4890 on the NVIDIA side. The 275 is almost $100 more. Anything can happen though
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@ jdrom1, the 260 is the closest thing in price to the 4890 on the NVIDIA side. The 275 is almost $100 more. Anything can happen though
I thought prices were lower...

Stupid NVIDIA
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Old December 21, 2009, 10:35 AM
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Hm... Maybe a single 4870 then. It would be much easier to find a waterblock for it, and the HK 4870 block is damn nice.
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