I'll be updating this project log over the coming weeks as I put together my new system. I hope to achieve a build that runs stably at 4Ghz (& possibly beyond) with absolutely minimal noise. I have ordered most parts but not everything has been delivered yet. For now, a first sneak peak at the core components. More details and photos will follow soon... [16th July] I've used ASUS mainboards for many years but EVGA's Classified won me over. It's an awesome motherboard and seemed just right for my plans. Core specs are: EVGA X58 Classified Socket 1366 Intel Xeon W3520 Corsair Dominator GT 6GB DDR3 1866Mhz EVGA GTX 295 1796MB WD 1TB Caviar Black Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W Lian Li V1110 Case I have pondered quite some time over water cooling options. There are some wicked mods on this forum but in the end I felt cutting holes into the Lian Li was not for me. I also want this build to be as quiet as possible and getting 7x120mm radiator cooling power inside a mid tower case with good air circulation... maybe not?! b@llZ0r pointed me into Aqua Computers direction and they had the perfect product for my needs. The Aquaduct is an external cooling tower with two triple radiators, pump, reservoir and control electronics all integrated into one unit. Made in Germany, the Aquaduct is well engineered and built - pump with ceramic bearing, fan & pump speed controlled based on sensor input. Can run automatically or be tweaked to preference. More details are on the product page http://shop.aquacomputer.de/product_info.php?products_id=2185 Lian Li's V1110 is actually not a small case but the Aquaduct dwarfs it sitting side by side. [20th July] More water cooling gear has arrived and I realized I've ordered the wrong pump adapters. Doh! Hopefully it won't take too long to track down the right ones.. In the end I decided for 3/4" OD hose with 1/2" ID to restrict flow as little as possible. The matching fittings are supposedly "black sparkle" but they look silver in real life. Still good looking and well made, they go nicely with the waterblocks. The water cooling outfit was selected from Aqua Computer, Koolance, Watercool and Bitspower products. Still need to decide on a low fpi single 120mm radiator that goes on the back of the case. Kinda the dot on the i =) I'll draw up a diagram of the WC system a bit later this week. Koolance X58 Classified Block Koolance GTX295 Single PCB Block Watercool Heatkiller 3 (might get this nickel plated to match) Aquastream XT Ultra Pump (as 2nd pump) --Ceramic Bearing --12V powered --Controlled via USB --Internal pump + water temp sensor --External flow + water temp sensor --Fan controller --Sits on a 'Shoggy' sandwich |neoprene|sponge|neoprene| Primochill Red Hose Bitspower Fittings 3/4" - 1/2" (various, mostly straight) NoiseBlocker Multiframe S3 fans --NanoSLI bearings --Rubber mounting corners [30th July] The Xeon and Dell screens arrived today. Looking forward to the weekend [5th August] Got the Heatkiller backplate and pump adapters now as well as some other goodies... Ummm.... I think I got everything now. Hang on one huge parcel is inbound from the US of A. It's not really a typical component, anyone wanna take a guess?