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I've considered liquid cooling, but never really looked into it; does anyone know how much I could expect that to cost? Also, will the cooling that liquid offers be as efficient/less/more efficient than air cooling?
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if you do decide to go liquid/water cooling make shure you buy a good cooling system. Some of the cheapo water cooling systems is just like a fish/water pump with hoses and water blocks. I would go with a high quality water cooling system that has radiators.
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Great site for water cooling.There very beginner friendly http://www.koolance.com/
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Thanks for the help, here's my final build. I intend to start buying parts this week, so can someone look it over quickly for critical problems? Thanks.

Case- ThermalTake VA7000BWA SHARK Black Series ATX Full Tower
PSU- ThermalTake Silent PurePower 680W Power Supply
Mobo- DFI LanParty NF4 SLI-DR
Processor- AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice Core
RAM- Corsair 2GB DDR400 XMS3200 DIMM Memory w/ Black Heat Spreader
Video Card- Sapphire Radeon X800 XL
CD Drive- Lite-On 52x/32x/52x CDRW
DVD Drive- Pioneer DVR-109 Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer
HDD- Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB (x2)
Sound Card- Creative AUDIGY 2 ZS Platinum Pro
Monitor- ViewSonic G220fb
Keyboard- Saitek PC Gamers' Keyboard
Mouse- Logitech MX518
Speakers- Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System
Joystick- Saitek Cyborg Evo
Gamepad- Logitech RumblePad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad

Yes, it is without water cooling, as w/software and peripherals it comes to 2999.50...
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Nice stuff - top shelf.

Couple few comments for you to think about.
1. Zahlman, Thermalright or Thermaltake CPU heatsink & fan - better than AMD OEM
2. Spend the extra bucks now and go with XMS extra low latency dual channel - there's a big reason for the price difference
3. CDRW - why not a plain DVD drive - your DVDRW will do CD's just fine and then you have the potential for copy on the fly

Only mention these to stimulate your thinking - you have picked out some very nice components.

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Spend the extra bucks now and go with XMS extra low latency dual channel - there's a big reason for the price difference

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The RAM I have listed is XMS and dual channel, is there something different you meant?
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looks good :tazz:


What kind of cooling are you going to use on the CPU?
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Yes ...........

XMS extra low latency dual channel

Sorry, thought you would understand there is quite a difference.

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edit: Let me look that up for you. My Bad - I glossed right over the 2 gigs.

Edited by Rockster2U, 07 June 2005 - 01:39 PM.

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Here's the XMS I would recommend. 2-3-3-6 CAS2.

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I was intending to use OEM cooling for the CPU, but don't know the other options and the costs.
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Look at that Thermalright copper with the heatpipes or the copper Zahlman. The Thermalright will probably knock you a couple of degrees lower with the right fan but the Zahlman will keep you plenty cool with hardly any noise. Both are superior to the stock cooler.

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Again - not trying to preach here - you have done an excellent job - just consider this as more food for thought. What you have listed above is all top shelf.

Edited by Rockster2U, 07 June 2005 - 02:13 PM.

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I was intending to use OEM cooling for the CPU, but don't know the other options and the costs.

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I was just asking because you didnt post it ;)

If you buy a retail CPU it will come with the HSF :tazz:

It should do fine if you keeping it a stock speeds or a mild overclock
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Do you plan on overclocking? If you do, buy a better heat sink/fan. If you don't then slash the mobo/ram/power supply for less costly versions that don't support ocing as much.
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Do you plan on overclocking? If you do, buy a better heat sink/fan. If you don't then slash the mobo/ram/power supply for less costly versions that don't support ocing as much.

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The stock fan is great, i have a AMD Athlon 64 3000+ OC to 2.2 GHz (My first overclock) and idle its about 35 and in games like cs source it reachs about 45. I wouldnt worry to much about a new HSF. By the way AWESOME parts *droools*!
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