This is my first attempt at water cooling a PC, and it has been one heck of a ride so far. You can check out the full build log on LinusTechTips forum here:
When I decided I was going to build a water cooled machine, I kind of figured I would go all out, even though my needs are not actually close to the hardware I ended up purchasing. Here are some brief thoughts on the parts:
CPU - Intel i7-5930K - I wanted a processor on the new X99 chipset platform and I also wanted to be able to run two video cards in SLI at 16x/16x. In order to accomplish this I had to go with the 5930K vs. the 5820K to get all the PCI-E lanes (40) possible.
Motherboard - In my want to have a fully waterc ooled system, the ASUS Rampage V is one of the few (if not the only one) that has an EK waterblock available for the VRM and chipset.
RAM - Wanted to fill every slot and 16GB just didn't seem like it would be enough. Again, I don't have any compelling reason to have 32GB other than just because... And before someone says it in the comments, I know I really don't need to water cool them either, but I did... : )
GPUs - 2x EVGA GTX 980 Reference card models (they had the ACX 2.0 coolers on them). I figured these cards would do the trick since I was water cooling and should be able to overclock without issue.
Case - After seeing several water cooled builds using a CaseLabs case I couldn't see myself using anything else. The quality looked amazing and I wanted it for my epic build.
SSD - Samsung EVOs are very solid, picked up two for OS, light productivity and loading a few games.
HDD - Picked up a couple spinners to hold anything I might need on this beast for faster access than a NAS.
PSU - 1200 Platinum rated EVGA supply to ensure I had plenty of overhead for the GPUs, CPU, water cooling loop, and overclocking potential. This is still likely overkill, oh well...
Watercooling Loop - I have used a few different brands. Huge call out to Monsoon and their parts. The tubing was great, fittings are doing a phenomenal job, and the kit I bought paired with their online video tutorials helped me get the tubes bent right on the first try (most of the time <(O_o)b ). Bitspower compression fittings on the underside of my case are outstanding and I highly recommend them if you are doing a soft tube build. Virtually no way for them to leak if you use them properly and they look awesome. I went with two loops in this system, one for the RAM, CPU, Chipset, and MOSFETs, the other for the Video Cards. This allowed me to do a dual color config to match my OU Sooners theme.
Eye Candy (aka Monitors) - After looking around I landed on getting 1440p monitors from Korea through eBay. There are some great videos and explanations on YouTube about the monitors, especially from Tek Syndicate, that I highly recommend you check out. I hoisted these three bad boys onto an ErgoTech triple monitor stand, and I'm planning to add the one over three extension fairly soon to give me four displays.
Thank you for taking the time to read and please be sure to leave me comments (good or bad) and vote for my build if you enjoyed checking it out!