Hello all, long time reader, first time poster I recently became a full-fledged member so that I could participate in these forums rather than simply read them, and I must say that I have learned a TON from you all! This is one of the friendliest "enthusiast-level PC" forums I have ever come across, and I am so happy to be a part of that now! The reason I am posting in this thread, apart from introducing myself, is twofold: 1) because I recently had the urge to pull out my first self-built PC from the dark corners of my electronics storage area and pull it apart to try and get it working again, and 2) because I am looking to be building a new PC, and have been for a while now (while waiting for funds to accumulate), and oh man have things changed in the past few years! I skipped the Core i3/5/7 generations (and thus the past few generations of everything else) due to being wrapped up in school and work, but I am ready to get back into the game. One of the main reasons I am trying to get my old rig back "online", so to speak, is to get back the "feel" of assembling, troubleshooting, and even modifying a PC. With the launch of the 7xxx Radeon series, the 6xx GeForce series, and the impending Z77 chipset AND the new Ivy Bridge 22nm Core i5/i7 chips, I feel as if my timing was quite good! So, to save space on the forum's servers, I am condensing two "threads" into one... First off, I would very much appreciate some thoughts, advice, tips, etc, on the new build I have planned for ~2mo after the widespread release of Ivy Bridge (here in the US). This will be my first water-cooled build in years (like, 4.5-5yrs) and the first H2O-rig that I have done entirely by my lonesome. I have been filling up my piggy bank () and these are the basics of what I am looking to get, though it is not by any means a comprehensive list so any and all input would be very much welcome and appreciated! *Goals with the build are basically to make a high-end Gaming and HD Video/Audio (and photo to a smaller degree) Editing machine with a high-level of "future-proof-ness" (or as much as is possible) by allowing as much expansion as possible; I am also far more interested in Ivy Bridge than SB-E as I do not find the benefits of 6-Cores + Quad-Channel RAM to outweigh the costs in regards to the usage of the machine (a few seconds or minutes extra for HD Video Decoding/Encoding or Uncompressed Audio Editing is not worth the extra money to me). **I have been saving money for a while now (over 18mo) so do not factor in cost as the primary concern, although a better component for less is always okay with me "IVY BRIDGE-to-the-FUTURE" BUILD Primary Components: - Intel Core i7-3770K 4core/8thread CPU (hopefully OC'd to ~4800-5200MHz) - ASUS Maximus (V?) Z77 Motherboard - PCI-E3.0/USB3.0/SATA6Gbs/etc - 16GB (4x4GB-or-2x8GB) G.Skill DDR3-2133 RAM 10-11-10-30-1T - nVidia GTX680 2GB -OR- AMD/ATI Radeon HD7970 3GB - 1 GPU to start but SLI/CF-X will definitely be a future happening- OCZ "Fatal1ty"(?) 1000W (-OR Seasonic 1200W) Modular PSU with Individually Sleeved Cables *Open to other suggestions for equal-or-better PSU but must be modular, fully-modular is a big bonus, as are sleeved cables, especially individually-sleeved - I HATE sleeving cables myself! Secondary Components: - OCZ Vertex3 120GB Solid State Drive SATA6Gbs (hope to add a second for RAID0): OS - 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Drives 7200RPM/64MB Cache (eventually will become 4x for 4TB RAID10 array): Storage -*Maybe* 1-2x WD Velociraptor 600GB 10,000RPM HDDs SATA6Gbs (RAID0 ideal): Games/AV Editing/Similar Software- Slim Internal Blu-Ray Burner - SATA - Slim Internal DVD Burner - SATA (slim because I want 2 Optical Drives in one bay) - Slim Internal Multi-Card Reader (SD/SDHC/etc - pulling files from cameras and such) - High-End Audio Card (HT Omega Claro Halo?) Case: - CaseLabs M8/M10 with 85mm Extended Top (ventilated), Left Side Full Window, Right Side Ventilated, 2x Drive Bay "Kits" (2x 4-Bay kits), Casters, Fully Set-Up for potential Huge Water-cooling Capacity - I have been IN LOVE with this case since I first laid eyes on it, and I just cannot see myself building my "dream rig" in anything else; it is the only case I have ever seen that I truly believe will last a lifetime - PLUS I have seen some of their work in the Medical Field, and it is ASTONISHING (my field is Psychopharmacology)*Cable management will be important, esp on MoBo side due to window Cooling: *I want my water-cooling system to be as modular as possible so that I can continue to add to it as I go; cooling>noise to me but PWM would be really nice for fans/pumps when high-quality sound is needed - CPU Waterblock (Swiftech Apogee - the newest one - seems the best to me?) - GPU Full-Cover Waterblock (Swiftech?) - Chipset Waterblock (xxx?) - 2x 360mm Radiators mounted internally (Swiftech? DD? XSPC?) - 12x 120mm Fans for Push-Pull on both Radiators (Cougar? DELTA???) - 3x120mm Radiator Shrouds (ideally for both sides of each radiator if it will fit)- 2x Pumps - internal (Swiftech MCP355X2? seems excellent to me... Redundancy is something I live by) - 2x Reservoirs - internal (Swiftech MCR35 Reservoir? The cylindrical ones that mount atop the pumps?) - 1/2"ID (3/4"OD) UV-Reactant Tubing (the highest-quality available) - Anti-Kink Wound-Wire Metal Tubing thingamajigs - 1/2"ID Barbs and Quick Disconnects * I have also considered getting a "chiller"... but I am leaning towards a more traditional setup Case Fans: - 6x 120/140mm Front Intake Fans, 2-6x 120/140mm Bottom Intake Fans, 4x 120/140mm Rear Exhaust Fans, 3-6x Side Intake Fans (?), 2-3x 120/140mm HDD/SDD Fans, wherever else I can fit them... (rads will be in the 85mm "upper chamber", both sides, and will exhaust upwards so that's essentially 6+6 more exhaust fans) - Fan Grills: Metal "Standard-type" (looks like a bulls-eye...) for Case Intake/Radiator Exhaust fans - 2x Fan Controllers (one for H2O, the other for Case Fans) - I am thinking Cougar fans for everything but maybe radiators, in which case PWM Delta Fans would have huge static pressure and CFM compensating for the higher amount of intake vs exhaust fans in the case (plan to mount with rubber/silicone mounts and pads) - I do not expect to get them all at once, but rather start with a good amount and build from there, stopping when the returns become nil I have begun collecting bits and pieces, and some of the above are things I already own (peripherals, smaller stuff), and I plan to grab stuff as it goes on sale over the next 60-90 days (say, Shell-shocker Deal at the Egg or Clearance at Microcenter). I am hoping that the release of Kepler cards will push down the ATI/AMD ones, which will make everything go down in the GPU world, and I also have been watching as HDD prices seem to be (slowly) declining as the tragedy in Taiwan is cleaned up and factories restored. I have also been noticing some crazy deals on Solid State Drives, with High-End ones like the Vertex 3 being ~$1.00/GB and mid-range like the Agility 3 being ~$0.80/GB... SEEMS TO BE A GOOD TIME TO LIKE PC's!! Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and I very much appreciate ANY and ALL input and advice you may have! I will be posting another thread, as I have decided to try and get my first self-built rig (AMD FX-51/ASUS SK8V/ATI X800XT-PE/1GB Corsair XMS3200R/Thermaltake XaserV/etc) back up and running, both for nostalgia and for practice! After taking apart the PC, though, I am strongly considering springing for a ~$75-or-less case as the older Thermaltake one only holds 80mm fans and has terrible ergonomics... Anyway, since this thread is so long, I'll make that a separate one. Again, THANK YOU! Sincerely, nleksan PS: If anyone has an old Socket-940/-939 AMD FX-53-to-67 board/CPU they want to sell, I WILL BUY IT!!!