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3 years ago#11
The thicker 120mm CLC's work well too if you can't fit a dual rad.

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3 years ago#12
Dillinger7311 posted...
also make sure you have a gigantic case that will fit a 280mm Radiator in it, and you get 2 extra 140mm pwm fans for push / pull.


So I'd have to go with a full tower case then?

Dillinger7311 posted...

When it comes to sockets I just decided to go with 1150 for the 4770k.


The only reason I considered using 2011 was for the 6 core i7s, but they seem far more expensive.

By how much does the wattage requirement go up if you overclock? So far I have a Corsair 850W, just so I'll be still good if I end up getting another GTX780.
3 years ago#13
You should probably check with someone else, but I think a 850W will be fine for 780 SLI and a decent overclock.

As far as cases though, you just need to make sure it has mounting for a 240mm or 280mm radiator. If you decide to go with a full-sized closed loop water cooler I have to recommend the Corsair Air540, which is easily the most spacious and user friendly case I've ever owned. It was designed for water-cooling enthusiasts, but it doesn't have the extra features you'll get out of a decent full-sized tower, such as fan switches, LED lights, or abundent 3.5" HDD bays and external drive bays.

But man, it's pretty unique and sexy, IMO.

http://blog.cyberpowerpc.com/2013/07/17/corsair-carbide-air-540/

I try and pitch it to everyone who asks for a case recommendation. The full-sized window is like a museum display case, with your components as the artwork. But hey, it's all about whatever suits your needs.
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3 years ago#14
shdwdrgnix posted...
Dillinger7311 posted...
also make sure you have a gigantic case that will fit a 280mm Radiator in it, and you get 2 extra 140mm pwm fans for push / pull.


So I'd have to go with a full tower case then?

Dillinger7311 posted...

When it comes to sockets I just decided to go with 1150 for the 4770k.


The only reason I considered using 2011 was for the 6 core i7s, but they seem far more expensive.

By how much does the wattage requirement go up if you overclock? So far I have a Corsair 850W, just so I'll be still good if I end up getting another GTX780.


Here is a link for cases that are compatible with the Kraken X60
http://www.nzxt.com/uploads/downloads/manuals/Kraken_Compatibility_Guide_09.4.2013.pdf

Also a 850w PSU should be fine. I use the Corsair AX 860i, full load with OC's is about 770w.
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3 years ago#15
I don't understand why everyone is so wary of real water cooling loops.
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3 years ago#16
thanks for the input, this is all really helpful.
3 years ago#17
MasterDonGero posted...
I don't understand why everyone is so wary of real water cooling loops.


Much more complicated to set up, more expensive, more maintenance, higher risk of a leak, research can take extra time. Plenty of reasons.
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