I am building my first custom water cooled system for gaming and minor 3D rendering, need advice.
Budget, there is not “really” a budget for this (but not looking to go insane) as I have dedicated the entire year to getting it done if that is what it takes.
Flexibility, I want to be able to expand on this later if needed, not looking to build the “beast system” if I will have to replace everything in the next year or two to upgrade.
Video, monitor is 120Hz with 2ms refresh 3D ready 1920 x 1080 res. But after reading all these forums (about 2 weeks planning) I want to leave room to consider a 3 monitor setup later.
Overclocking, yes as much as possible but remain stable, may need to get assistance. This also includes the Video card/s.
Case, I have yet to decide on case, there are so many options but currently looking at the new 900D, the D8000, or the trusted ole SWITCH 810 w/pedestal. Whatever it is, it will need to be large enough for an overkill dual pump system.
Power supply, Corsair 1200i, but that needs to change as the calculator indicates I will be cutting it close.
Reusing parts, will be bring over 1TB 7200rpm SATA Seagate data drive from old PC, everything else will be new.
Parts list, best I can come up with according to my readings…
Rampage IV Extreme (Bluetooth is a plus)
i7-3930K 3.2GHz Processor
2x Asus GTX-690 (readings indicate the Asus boards are better than the EVGA) I have read the arguments about 2x 690’s versus 4x 680’s, if I understand them correctly, 2x 690’s is quad SLI at 16 x 16. 4x 680’s is quad SLI at 8 x 8 x 8 x 8 and no room to expand (not to mention the extra water blocks).
OCZ Agility 3 480GB SATAIII SSD for operating system and games (Diablo mainly, though I am not used to a system that can handle much more so that may change with this build)
Memory, I am a huge Dominator fan; "I" believe it is the best on the current market, but they dropped the ball on this board so I am forced to go with G.Skill #2 in my book. I fear going above 1.5 volts after reading nightmare stories on forums about 1.65v on an Intel processors though.
Operating system is Windows 7 professional (reviews of windows 8 make me think it is more suited of touch screen and a huge learning curve moving from XP Pro.
Extra, "just because I want it"… Asus Xonar Phoebus
I don’t need to tell you I am a huge fan of this site, I have read many forum postings here and have learned a lot, I come to you now because I trust you know what you are talking about and I have exhausted every other recourse to get this system right. You know what I “think” I should have, would you set me straight please.
P.S. need to find the beginner watercooling section LOL.