Hello folks - I am in the process of budgeting for a good single-CPU, single-GPU full custom water build with the primary focus on silence and would appreciate some help.
I am coming back to a PC after a few years as a Mac Pro user. Last time I attempted to use water it was when the first single-rad EXOS external models were available and now I am finding the choice very bewildering.
The PC I am building will be a single R9 290X and 4770K gaming PC and I am interested primarily in quality and quiet components. I have what I consider to be a very good budget for this so will be looking for premium parts and case throughout. Overall spend will be in the region of £2600 to include Windows licence (£150) and Dell U2713H 1440p monitor (£600) but does not need to include storage as I already have that from my current machine. I reckon the budget for the box itself minus drives should be in the region of £1850.
So far I have pencilled a spec as follows but have no idea on the appropriate wattage of PSU and amount to allocate for the water kit and case fans.
PSU - fully modular platinum, 650W to 850W which should probably be loaded to about 2/3 of capacity
CPU - Intel 4770K with moderate OC depending on the luck of the draw with the CPU I get. Not de-lidded.
GPU - AMD R9 290X, moderate OC
Motherboard - Z87, no idea of brand yet but one that can WC (Gigabyte?)
RAM - 2x8Gb 1600
Case - premium - I am used to high quality Al cases but colour is unimportant
There will only be two 2.5" 7mm SSDs (Samsung 840 PRO) and one 3.5" drive internally so any drive cages can be stripped out for air flow. If I can get away without an ODD I would like to.
I had thought that the budget for the case would be in the £140-180 range. I had provisionally earmarked £400 for full water blocks, rads and so on but have no idea if this is even in the right ballpark.
So, to get the ball rolling, could you lease help me sanity-check the initial component list and budget. Remember, I would rather pay more now for the right stuff. I can wait a little longer if I need to save more and will be doing the bulk of the purchase online at places like Scan for the regular stuff and specialist WC shops for the enthusiast WC parts.
Thanks for the help...