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Old 4th January 2008, 12:53   #1
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Hello there

I've been following the forum and reading the site for some time now and it looks like really nice place. So I've decided to join, at first, mainly to get some help.'
I've got experience from the past when it comes to building systems but I lack some for the past 3 years as I was working with something else. That's why I come for advice here for you guys seem to know what you're talking about.

So, I'd like to make myself a really capable computer that will be mainly used as workstation for all sorts of programs like 3d/2d, sound and video editors. Preferably a quad core cpu, good mobo, 4g ram (not sure what kind), fast hd. I'd like it quiet and overclocked but nothing hardcore (q66 @ 3.5 something like that). The comp will be loaded to full very frequently so I need good cooling. I thought of water cooling system as it's fun to build and I like challenges.

Every piece including hd's would be water cooled so I thought of dual pump running on lower speeds and splitting the system into two for something like gpu + cpu, and chipset + hdd. This plus some nice triple or quadruple fan radiator with good fans.

Would cooling overclocked (not extremely) computer with a setup I outlined be efficient and quiet ? How about using two pumps and two radiators ? What are your thoughts on this guys ?

Thank you in advance, Veldi.
 
Old 4th January 2008, 13:18   #2
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welcome to the forums veldi

you basically have all the major components already lined up, Q6600 Intel CPU, X38 or P35 based motherboard, would only go for 2x2gb if you're planning on using 64-bit OS.

regarding cooling, I can confidently say air cooling will definitely suffice, a larger tower cooler for the CPU and Passive cooling for VGA will keep your system cool & quiet without any operating risks
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Old 4th January 2008, 13:26   #3
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Thanks for reply and indeed I have most components in mind. The mobo would be Asus Maximus Extreme. But, are you saying I can clock that cpu to 3,5ghz on air and it will be quiet ?
How does noise level compare to full WC ? Wouldnt it be almost silent ? I'm really keen to do it as I do have the skills and tools required

Oh and one noob question. Can i run DDR2 ram on this mobo ? I'd prefer to wait for price drop
 
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Asus Maximus Extreme is a DDR3 board, wouldn't go for that at this time.

regarding air-cooling, one of these tower heatsinks will take care of the Q6600 heat with silent 120mm fan(s).
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Old 6th January 2008, 12:46   #5
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So, after extensive reading looks like I'm way better off with 100% air cooling. As far as I saw, I would need to build really high end wc system for it to be silent. T'would take quite some time, also, and as we all know time equals money, which would add to the overall cost; likely to be quite high.

Thanks for chilling down my intentions, I'll save some cash and still keep my comp near silent :P
 
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and use that cash to buy a bigger LCD screen?
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Old 7th January 2008, 16:50   #7
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Damn right :P. I'm looking at HannsG 28" atm but can't find a retailer.

Anyway, hard to pick something good these days. Which forum should I start "Help me with new comp" thread at? :P
 
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you can continue in this thread
where do you live?

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As you might expect, while the monitor hits all the right spec marks, including a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 3 ms response time, and 800:1 contrast ratio, it doesn't quite hold its own against similarly-sized, and significantly more expensive monitors. The biggest problem, it seems, is the monitor's poor gamma curve and dark color performance which, when combined with the utter lack of any extra features, make the monitor tough for them to recommend. On the upside, it apparently does have good fast-motion performance, and there is that price, but it sounds like you may want to wait for some of the competition to go on sale before taking the plunge on this one.
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I live in Belgium but please save french and dutch; still learning. Are you on IRC jmke?

And yeah I was about to get a read on that lcd.

As for the hardware I still can't decide on mobo and memory. I'd prefer ASUS for mobo. To go with good ddr3 and some cheap modules for now and swap for faster later or just stay with good ddr2 and some good modules for now and swap the whole later on?

The cpu will be q6600 and I'd like 4gb memory. But the problem i have is actually buying them in 2x2gb pack. I looked at Crucial Balllistix but can't find such config.

Happy to be here guys btw, you're really nice and helpful

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Old 7th January 2008, 19:14   #10
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Hell, I'll give you my list and I'd love to hear from anyone about it. To me it is well balanced choice for now, mind my 2 year break in PC knowledge. This is what I came up with after few days of benchies reading :P

I'm not sure about the mobo and memory as i said before. Also to pick the WD hdd i did or the Seagate 500Gb one but with 32Mb cache (but bigger plate)? Also some advice on PSU would be nice

Mobo ASUSTeK Maximus Formula
Cpu Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Cooler cpu Zalman CNPS9700 NT
Ram Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2 Go (Kit 2x 1 Go)
Hdd Western Digital RE2 500 Go 7200 RPM 16 Mo
Gpu ASUSTeK EN8800GT TOP
PSU Cooler Master Real Power Pro M850
LCD Samsung SyncMaster 226BW
Case Cooler Master Cosmos 1000

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