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    Build Recommendations and LCS

    Good day!

    I am new to this forum and I am building my very first personal PC. To this date, these are the parts I already bought :
    NZXT Phantom 410 chassis
    Cougar 500ST power supply
    ASUS B85 Pro Gamer motherboard
    Western Digital Blue 1TB hard drive

    I am now about to purchase my processor. I am considering Intel Pentium G3258 20th anniversary edition.
    Within the next two months I am also planning on buying an 8 or 16GB GSkill Ripjaws 1600MHz DDR3 and an ASUS STRIX GTX 960 2GB video card.

    What I need to know is is this build good enough? This is a budget build as I don't have that much money and prices are a quite high
    here in Cebu City, Philippines.

    Also, being a newbie, I would also like to ask if purchasing a closed loop LCS would be better than a custom loop.
    I am planning to replace my processor with an I5 haswell refresh early next year so I am considering LCS.
    I am puzzled with the choices that I have and I do not have any experience in building LCS. If I go with a closed loop for my CPU, would I be able to use it should i decide to custom loop and also cool my gpu?

    Thank you and God bless.

    Jess

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    Hi archangeljess

    Good enough is hard to answer without knowing what you want to do with the PC...but in general terms yes...will be a good budget build. You wont be able to max out settings on all games but with a few adjustments like high instead of ultra settings you will be OK.

    A closed loop cooler in general can not be integrated later into a custom loop so decide carefully. Custom loop will always be better but will be a lot more expensive. A closed loop cooler on CPU and air cooled GPU will work great and is better for the wallet...

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    Thank you Arne for the reply.

    I am into gaming but I don't intend to max out all the settings. I will be running my games on a 1080p monitor so the most that I need is on high settings and not on ultra.
    As for the games I will be playing, these are top on my list:
    Euro Truck Simulator 2
    Cities: Skylines
    Battlefield 4 (offline single player)
    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (multiplayer)
    DOTA 2
    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
    Spec Ops: The Line
    Injustice: Gods Among Us

    With regards to a custom loop, would I be better off if I customer loop my CPU first then expand from there? Will the cost be that huge against a closed loop?
    What can you recommend for a closed loop?

    Thanks a lot.

    Jess

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    Here is a price list from a local reseller of LCS parts. Can somebody point me to the right items that I should need? My idea is to have a custom loop for my CPU first then later on include the GPU and the ram.
    If this is a bad idea, well maybe layout all of them so i can have an good idea on what items to buy and how much would it cost me. I have an NZXT Phantom 410 chassis which is kind of cramped so I would appreciate if someone can layout for me what goes where inside.

    Here is the link to the price list: https://drive.google.com/folderview?...jA&usp=sharing

    Thank you

    Jess

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    Starting off I would try something like this https://shop.ekwb.com/ek-kit-l240-1

    You will have to measure up inside your case carefully however to make sure things can fit...maybe remove drive cages etc.

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    Thanks Arne

    The product you recommend is above my budget for now but I guess that will be the best way to go for me. According to this site, http://www.altex.com/SpotlightEK-Kit-L120L240.aspx it will fit nicely in my chassis so I will have no problems mounting them.

    I'll be posting something when I procure the product and how my build goes.

    Thanks guys.

    Jess

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