View Full Version : My First WC System Help Appriciated

03-24-09, 12:53 AM
Well hello, I am currently serving the Armed Forces and the time has come to consider going back to the old school tower based setup for gaming.

*(I have been using a Clevo M590KE w/ AMD TRx2 TL-66 cpu and NV 7950GTX's laptop for gaming)*

Anyway, enough with my wonderous laptop lol, she still gets the job done :soda:

The following are my system specs of the future tower I plan on building. At first I was going to use all air cooling but due to have an apt, it wouldnt hurt to try water cooling for once. I only wish to cool the two whopping nuclear reactor ready Sapphire Radeon 4870x2's. The CPU will remain on air cooling, the chipset I will determine in the near future but probably will be air cooled as well.

Starting with the tower:

NZXT ZERO 2 Crafted Series CS-NT-ZERO-2 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Critical Hardware:

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe ATX DDR3 AMD Motherboard
Chipset cooled by stock heatsink w/o fan, plan to buy mini fans for both N and S bridges.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W
Cooled by: ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

1x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive ---For MISC files/extra games

2x Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive ---Raid 0 for OS and Gaming

2x OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit
Cooled By: Stock Heatsinks

Video Solutions:

SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Cooled By: --To be WC--

Powered By:

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
:confused:Hope that this will be enough for this proposed beasty.

I will not list the price of how much I am going to spend on the system, its just a knack I have. My first computer was made from almost 80% junk parts from school as I didn't have the $ for the higher end systems my friends had. Learned alot from this though in the long run and now its finally to spread my wings now that I got some extra greens in my pocket from Uncle Sam.

I do not OC due to the saying

"The Candle that burns twice as bright shall burn half as long."

and I don't like the risk behind it, though for those that have the skill, but all means go for it.

But for those that are curious, my first system was a

Shuttle motherboard w/ an AMD900 Slot card cpu w/3D NOW! capability.
1gb of SDRAM
250wt psu?
ATi Radeon VE w/32mb DDR memory
built it out of the shell of an old Gateway P5-100 Desktop Horizontal tower.

Any suggestions to cooling solutions will help greatly along with what connectors I will need. As stated, I am new to WC, dont want to mess this up with these types of parts at hand.

03-24-09, 09:57 AM

For a start. The guide is pretty good.

Your looking at ohh $350 to $400 for good cooling for the CPU/GPU.

03-24-09, 05:56 PM

For a start. The guide is pretty good.

Your looking at ohh $350 to $400 for good cooling for the CPU/GPU.

sounds about on par, i'm thinking closer to 350.

this is for 1x 4870X2 correct?

03-25-09, 12:09 AM
Actually it will be for 2 4870x2's. Thanks again for the pointers on the cooling. :)