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I am looking to spend some money, which is no object, on building a custom gaming PC. I know it is always cheaper to build than to buy but have no experience in building a PC.

That being said, anyone out there willing to tell me what would be the top of the line stuff i need. I am talking a complete rig here minus tower. I am looking for power supply, video/sound cards, hard drive (have no clue what SSD is) memory, mother board, processor, i know i want liquid cooling.

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(February 6th 2014, 02:15 PM)Theodyne Robillard Wrote: I am looking to spend some money, which is no object, on building a custom gaming PC. I know it is always cheaper to build than to buy but have no experience in building a PC.

That being said, anyone out there willing to tell me what would be the top of the line stuff i need. I am talking a complete rig here minus tower. I am looking for power supply, video/sound cards, hard drive (have no clue what SSD is) memory, mother board, processor, i know i want liquid cooling.

Annnnnnnnd GO!

Just do some quick research on products. A good rule of thumb when it comes to this kind of thing is you get what you pay for (not always, but its not a bad place to start). When it comes to the power supply, it depends of what parts you get and the power requirements for them so be sure you take that into consideration. Sound cards are kind eh anymore. Most boards have really good sound cards already, so unless your after audiophile grade audio, I wouldn't really put too much thought into it and some people don't even get independent sound cards anymore.

Also SSD stands for solid state drive. Its really just a hard drive but instead of using spinning hard disks and magnets, it uses storage similar to flash drives and has no moving parts and are more stable (less likely to fail) than HDD's, but come with a higher price tag in return.

Also again, if money is no object for you, I would look into liquid submersion for cooling (where the entire board and components are completely submerged in non-conductive coolant.)


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I personally am no expert on computers (yet) so I'm not exactly one to give advice but you should probably keep in mind where you buy your PC parts.

This is a good place to get parts if you want my advice.


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(February 6th 2014, 02:15 PM)Theodyne Robillard Wrote: I am looking to spend some money, which is no object, on building a custom gaming PC. I know it is always cheaper to build than to buy but have no experience in building a PC.

That being said, anyone out there willing to tell me what would be the top of the line stuff i need. I am talking a complete rig here minus tower. I am looking for power supply, video/sound cards, hard drive (have no clue what SSD is) memory, mother board, processor, i know i want liquid cooling.

Annnnnnnnd GO!

Are you going to be putting this together on your own? If so, you might want to avoid liquid cooling until you are a little more comfortable with building a PC.

And how much do you want to be liquid cooled?
Just your CPU?
CPU and Video Card?
CPU Video Card and MB?
CPU, Vid, MB, RAM, PSU?

How big are you willing to allow?
How heavy can it be?
How loud can it be?
How much heat do you want it pumping into the room?
How many graphics cards do you want to run? 1? 2? 3? 4?
Do you want top of the line for everything?

You should set a budget even if you are loose on the money front, as i could easily consume $15,000 on a PC build if money really was no object.


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I'm going to throw a few designs together to serve as an example for you. Please note they are in Australian prices, so wherever you end up ordering the parts they will likely be a bit cheaper.
Also note, these are some quick designs i have thrown together from one site that i know well to give you an idea of what you can do. You will certainly find much better prices on a US site and even better if you source your parts from several different retailers based on who can provide the cheapest deals for each part.

Build number 1 is a modest gaming rig that will play any game on top settings today, but might struggle after a year or so.

Intel Core i5 4670 - $255
ASRock Z87M-PRO4 Motherboard - $125
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 - $109
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Dual SC ACX 4GB - $499
Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD - $229
Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001 - $139
Corsair TX-650M Modular Power Supply - $139

Total $1495

Build number 2 is what i would call a top end PC for your average gamer. It will run any game on max settings, and will manage max settings for at least a few years.

Intel Core i7 4770K - $399
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-HD3 Motherboard - $179
ADATA XPG V2 Gold AX3U2400W8G11-DGV 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 - $225
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked 3GB - $889
Intel 530 Series 240GB SSD - $229
Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001 X2 and in RAID 1 for data safety - $278
Corsair CX-750 Modular 80+ Bronze Power Supply - $135

Total $2334


The next one is a build i would call over the top for most gamers, but if you want over the top then this is for you!

Intel Core i7 4930K - $685
EVGA X79 Dark Motherboard - $499
G.Skill Trident X F3-2400C10Q-32GTX 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 - $479
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked ACX 3GB X2 in SLI - $1818
ASUS RAIDR Express 240GB PCI-E SSD - $479
Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001 X2 and in RAID 1 for data safety - $278
Corsair TX-850M Modular Power Supply - $190

Total $4428


These are all of course with no water cooling.
If you are set on water cooling your video card as well as your CPU, i would recommend getting one or a few of these:
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Hydro Copper 3GB - $799
It is not the fastest card on the market, but because it comes water cooled out of the box it means you will not void your warranty by removing the stock cooler to install an aftermarket cooling block.
Also being water cooled it will have plenty of head room for overclocking. EVGA often provides you with software that is great at overclocking and often even has some pre-made overclocking profiles you can just switch on and away you go.

Same goes for the motherboard, some do come with water blocks pre-installed, like this one:
ASUS Maximus VI Formula Motherboard

Water cooling your CPU is easy.

Depending on what you want to do with your water cooling system, how much room you have to work with and how much you want to spend will ultimately decide what you can choose.
If you wanna go the whole hog and even use a water cooled PSU, Koolance used to make one but they now only sell refurb models:
Koolance 1000W Liquid-Cooled Power Supply (Refurb)


I hope that gives you some ideas :)
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