So this thread is about getting my rig together, and opting right for the water cooling parts to put in it. Mind you, this is a build stricktly for gaming, it has to do nothing besides it, and it is aimed to eventually help me jump to 1440p resolution (with possible DSR use) for gaming. As for the 'main frame', everything's here, and I did a quick setup under air to test the components for basic funtionality. Here it goes: Asus Rampage V Extreme Intel 5930K Noctua NH-D15 Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x4GB 3000MHz Corair AX1200i Asus 980 Strix dual SLI Samsung 850 Evo 120GB (system disk) Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (game disk) Corsair 900D case Here's a pic of the boxes as proof of purchase Putting stuff together I was... relieved to have it actually boot, besides a few little things I have experience. Here's a pic of how it looks with an open case, so far at least: This is all work in progress, and any input could be helpful. If the first post is way to long, boring, and useless for you, please scroll down towards the mid of the post, where you can read where I'm at currently. Things I have noticed so far: The case is just.... big. Never had that much space to put stuff in, but that comes with the downside of needing to look out for cable lengths. The case's own front fans are a bit tricky to hook up to the mainboard, but nothing's easier than getting extension cables for that. Also, I will have to (re)move a bit of furniture, but a friend of mine is moving soon and has little money, so she'll get those pieces where the rig will find it's place. Still, thanks Vet for the recommendation! The only true downside of the 900D is that it's hard to put the thumb screws for the graphics card back in. With a card 'rising' above the slot's height, you have to fiddle around with it, as you can't use a screwdriver (besides the drink helping calm down maybe), and the card's PCB and cooler itself is somewhat of in the way of letting me get my fingers there. This might change with a full waterblock though, which I already planned on getting for both cards. The other one was the Noctua cooler. I bought it in confidence it will fit with the mainboard and the large case, only to find out the Noctua site itself states it's not compatible with the Rampage V Extreme. Which isn't fully true, but as you can see on the pic above, it's a tight fit towards the first PCIe slot. Thankfully, you can mount that cooler in any direction you like, and with the fans mounted to blow the air upwards, I might just get away with it, although limiting my CPU and top GPU's overclock on air. This is only temporary, as it's merely meant to see if nothing got damaged while shipping, or is faulty from the start. When I first opened the Strix's box and took the card out I was a bit worried about it's weight, thinking it might sag and it does, but only 2-3mm at the furthest from the case's slots. I guess the backplate helps, and I hope that'll change with the full waterblock, once again. The stuff I have done so far sums up to: Assembling the rig as pictured above, with all necessary cable work for a basic test. In the BIOS I was able to quickly enable XMP for my modules, getting the 3000MHz with 125MHz strap. I'm not too happy with it, but for final use and 24/7 overclock I figured it won't be such a problem. To my shock but not so much of a surprise, I got the infamous 'bd' error, so I downclocked the RAM to 2666 MHz for now. I still have to losen the cooler a bit, or toy around with the voltage to see what helps, but both are things eventually made obsolote with the water cooling setup and the renewed tuning thereafter. Also, in BIOS, I set the CPU cooler's and the case's fans to 'quiet' operation. I even did a quick installation of Windows 8.1 on it, but only with the key currently in use on my HTPC. The gaming rig's still offline, and I planned on first setting up my current X58 rig as my new HTPC before activating this installation. Could I actually do some testing as in benching, if I should, with a non-activated Windows? Funny side note, besides the optical drive of course, the rig's very quiet, to the fact I couldn't hear it with the case all open and the side panels removed as I set two meters away at my current gaming rig... sounds like one of my goals, quiteness in idle, seems in arm's reach! So there I stand now, and that's where fellow guru's help would be welcome. I still got to test the second Strix card and see if it works, but I'm fairly positive this won't be an issue. Also, I plan on updating the mainboard's BIOS at the next boot, hopefully helping with that nuissance 'bd' error code. Also, I think I should at least see if SLI can be enabled, although it's hard to really test it with the Windows installation not yet activated. What I am more curious about is, what should I do next? Should I install all the drivers and do some benching, although I could do better under water? I'm not sure I want to go through the time and trouble needed to do it. Should I update the graphics card's BIOS already? Probably with a newer one from ASUS or a custom one? I thought about setting everything up on air and stock speeds / voltages until the water cooling comes into place, and maybe enjoy the benefits of the new hardware as I set up the current gaming rig as an HTPC and my current HTPC for my parents. But should I do that, or better not touch that thing until everything's done? That brings me to the next and final point, which would be the water cooling stuff. I may not be a total noob, building my own gaming rigs for about 12 years now, but liquid cooling is something way beyond my experience. Of course, experience comes with doing, but I would be glad to get some vital input on help on that subject. As the case has such large openings and mounting options it's tempting to go with two 480 (4x120mm) rads, on in the bottom's side, and one on top. The only thing making me wonder is that I have 12cm of clearance from the top to the edge of the mainboard, and 11cm from the side of the case to the PSU. Wouldn't a Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 480 rad be too thick for that? Being 80mm thick, it would most like only allow a single fan to be mounted, so there wouldn't be push / pull config. If that would be vital, I should opt for radiators not that thick, and there I would be open for suggestions. Please mind, the build is aimed for moderate temperatures, but I would very much like it to be as quiet as possible, under all loads with focus on quietness under idle. Also, I could as well opt for a 360 (3x120) rad up front, but I'm not sure it would make things any better, cooling and noise wise. Besides that, I have no bloody idea of what to get besides the rads (and I'm not even sure on those). I have somewhat picked the EKWB full cover blocks acetal / nickel for the GPUs, and the MOSFET and south bridge cooling for the mainboard, also in acetal / nickel, original csq. Should I get the matching backplates from EKWB too, or would the ones already on the Strix work with the waterblock? I am unsure of which CPU block to get, as it might be a choice of looks too... would I do wrong in going with the EK Supremacy EVO acetal / nickel, original csq? Everything else that I would need for watercooling, reservoir, tubing, fittings, liquid, liquid additives, and whatever I don't even know about.... I have no clue, to be honest. I would be very thankful for guidance to solving that problem. I remember people telling me that the D5 vario pump would be a good one, as well as to have a good fan controller would be useful, as there might be quite a few fans working on those rads and case openings. I still remember that water cooled fan controller Vet has in his rig, the most original idea to take care of that. I do have two 5.25" fan controllers (Scythe Kaze Master 2) that each could handle 4 fans, but that would only work with single sided mounting on two 480 rads, with the case fans hooked up to the mainboard, and the pump at the CPU fan header(s). Having wrote all this down, thanks for everybody that took the time to even read the (techno)babble I was giving here, I tried to keep it readable in form.... I hope you have a bit of time to explain a noob what's it all about, what to look out for, and possibly, what I've done wrong so far (but please don't tell me I should have waited with the GPUs or the CPU ). Hooray for guru3d!