Hi to all.
I am new to this site and recently re-introducing myself to forums and the world of computers. I have little knowledge but am keen to delve into a build of sorts. The computer in question is a running X6 1090T on a Gigabyte GA-880G-UDH3 fully operational but with cheap PSU, case, no graphics card, 500GB HDD and 4GB ram. I want to change the case to either a Corsair Carbide 300R with side panel window or an existing Antec 300. The purpose for the PC will be to stream torrents, view web, run P95 or Folding@Home with an 8800GTX eventually or possibly something else and be a thrashbox for learning the infinite "PC ropes/loops". Not so much for gaming (I do little of that). I wish to have it on as much as possible and be a cool LED display under my desk (it's in a PC compartment roughly 14" wide, 42" long).
I'm willing to spend reasonable money on it in a long period of time bit by bit to learn about builds and related information. I'm keen to put a decent overclock on it although nothing "extreme". My next purchase is for a cooler for the CPU, as I said I want it on as much as possible and to enjoy looking at possible LED/fans. I'm tempted to water-cool it but am tied as to what route to take. I want to put as little maintenance as possible in and for it to be as reliable as possible. I know for this I should go a D14 HSF route, but I am really interested in water-cooling it. As I said I'm willing to invest money into it but slowly, smartly and taking into account the life-time of the existing parts. I know the motherboard is terrible for OC but I don't want to buy new parts I don't need too if I can help it...... I looked at the Corsair Hydro series and like the H100i type models as well as other brands like the NXZT Kraken X60. Also saw the Koolance DIY 120mm Liq. Cooling kit for AMD, 54mm radiator (ICM-PC54A). I also have seen Swiftek, XSPC and Alphacool and saw someone talking about a P5 block or something (can't remember and I am inexperienced in all this, as I said it's a learning process for me).
The biggest factors for me are not clock speeds, but low maintenance, reliability and durability (length of time it will last), it being quiet and LED bling (fan changing is not an issue, in regards to Corsair Software and stock fans). Also, if I'm not going to get decent performance out of the MOBO then an upgrade is possible, (I am wanting to water-cool this thing after all). The other factor to take in is the case options of a Carbide 300R with windowed side panel or Antec 300 for a fall-back, (Where I would like to display LED/fans where I can).Can I get a some input as to what cooling system would meet these requirements? Again I stress low maintenance, reliability and durability, low noise and LED aesthetics. I'm tempted for a long radiator Hydro/other brand on the top of the 300R case, but haven't seen that set-up much from my searches, is leakage really that much of an issue? And if it occurs what sort of damage should I expect compared to top mounted and side mounted on a 300R. I am not all that interested in putting a rear mounted radiator unless it is a much better option. Also can I get a "reasonably priced" DIY set-up that will require as little maintenance as possible? (reasonable=best bang for buck maintenance, durability and reliability wise, not performance wise).I am starting to look at how water-cooled set-ups operate but would like some feedback as well. Cheers for reading my lengthy post and greetings to all who are active here.