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Building my third PC. Need some opinions please.

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  1. Honda New Member

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    Hello everyone I have been a long time member and lurker (new username) of this site and I have used this site to build 2 gaming PC's in the past. I am now looking to build my 3rd gaming rig and I would like to go with water cooling this time around. I have been out of the loop for quite a while so go easy on me, also this will be my first water cooling rig EVER. :eek:

    The system will be mainly used for gaming. I am undecided on my case selection right now. Currently I have the Antec Nine Hundred Two and the Antec 300. I may consider another Antec case or even a Lian-Li case.

    Budget: $1500 (maybe a bit more)

    Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 (ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6...) $239.99
    CPU: Going to wait for Ivy Bridge
    Graphics Card: XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB (XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB ...) $579.99
    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 x2(G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR...) $59.99 x2
    HDD: Patriot Pyro SE PPSE120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB SATA (Patriot Pyro SE PPSE120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB SATA II...) $159.99
    Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750A...) $169.99
    Water Cooling: As stated above I have no experience with water cooling. I am going for a quality build trying to stick with top notch components, so please throw suggestions my way. In the mean time I will continue doing research.

    Total as of now: $1,269.94

    What are your thoughts on this setup?
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    Hey Dark,

    is that memory a big difference from the one I have posted? I havent been keeping up with whats hot and whats not lol

    Also for CPU I wont use anything until the Ivy Bridge processors are release which shouldn't be too far away. I am in no rush really to put this together but I will start ordering soon.
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    For memory - since z77 is only dual channel higher speed matter and i dont think the price diff. is that big, and ofcourese is more futureproof.

    So you are saying you will buy all this but the cpu ? Seems to me like a better ideea to buy all of them at once.
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    Ahh ok I got you now, yea I was going to but it seems like everything except the mother board should be in stock when I am ready so I may just hold off and get it all at once when the processor becomes available.

    Thanks I will switch the memory to the one you suggested :D
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    if you like to oc http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=159320
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    Hi

    You seem to have chosen a couple of great gaming cases primarily built for air cooling, yet you have mentioned that you would like to go with H2o [water cooling] this time around

    good return on your $ for an H2o Case that will give you ample options and room to spare have a look at this in the gallery http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/switch_810

    nb: If I did not own an Obsidian 800D I would own the Switch 810

    You may also find this of interest -
    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=148999

    atb (all the best)

    Law-II
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    Hi Law,

    The two cases mentioned above are my current cases that I own now. Wow the 810 looks awesome I will do some reading on it thanks!

    Hmm now to decide if I want to leave the all black thing I have going with my current cases and go for the white version of this case :D it seems to look more pleasing to the eye than the black one.
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    Broken link, is this one right?http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/switch_810
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    Depending on where you are exactly in Jersey, you can stop by a Microcenter in Paterson off route 20 North. I live basically right next to it so I can arrange some sort of purchase for you if you'd like and you can come and we do a local pickup from there :p
    By the way, sick setup you got going there :D

    I would recommend getting a Corsair AX 750 PSU...it does wonders for many peoples systems.
    And I suggest a different SSD really, I will look up some for you.
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    I live down in the Jersey Shore area but its funny you mentioned Microcenter because I used to work 15 minutes away from there. Looks like Microcenter's prices are higher than Newegg's pricing.

    The PSU reviews and specs look promising as well so I will go with the suggested one.
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    And actually I was looking to sell my SSD cuz I want something a little bigger. It's in my system specs on the left, Corsair 180GB SATA 3. It's real fast and responsive to it's rating read/write speeds.
    It also has great reviews on Newegg here: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180G...
    Let me know. Message me.
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    With the price of 2 of those, you can have my 180GB. Maybe less if you want to strike a deal with me ;)
    You can just make a partition for both the OS and apps/games with a large SSD. Better too, less hassle if there is something wrong with the system.
    And did I mention my SSD has the highest speeds and best size ratio of any SSD out there right now? :)

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