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Ok, so ever since I got my 2600k a few weeks ago and OC'd it up to 4.8GHz, I've been obsessing over a water cooling setup. But having never even considered water cooling in the past I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm looking for advice and critiques of what I've picked out.

For the moment, this will only be looped to my CPU, but I plan to loop it to a moderately overclocked GTX 580 or GTX 680 (when Kepler is eventually released)

Planned loop at the moment:

Res: Koolance RP-452x2 - I know it's more than I need, but it looks so pretty

Pump: PMP-450S - Needed with my res

Radiator: XSPC RX360 - Is this a good radiator for a single GTX 580 and a 2600k with a substantial OC? I might get a 120mm res if it would be worth it.

Block: EK Supreme HF - I have no idea about this block. I really just want something that performs well and is black.

Tubing: 10 6 feet Primochill LRT White 1/2" - Again, no idea about this tubing. I just want something that's white and works with compression fittings.

Compression Fittings: 6x EK 13mm G1/4 - Will these work with my radiator and res?

Fans: 3x Scythe AP-15 Gentle Typhoon's

Misc I'll get a silver coil and distilled water, or is PT-nuke recommended over that?

Anything else? Do I need to buy O-rings/ should I buy extra O-rings just in case?

Is this a somewhat balanced setup for my needs, or will I be under-utilizing the hardware?

Thank you for your thoughts and advice!
Edited by Mithrandir8 - 4/29/11 at 9:39pm
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post #2 of 18
Looks like you did good research, it all looks to be good. The XSPC rads are some of the best AFAIK.
    
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post #3 of 18
fyi: the Koolance reservoir accepts any D5 pump.

4-6ft of tube is plenty unless your are planning to run something external.

The list looks good
post #4 of 18
That Koolance res that you selected will work with any D5 pump.
As wermad said, 10ft of tubing is plenty. 4-6 is fine.

You can use a silver killcoil + distilled + PT_nuke or just PT_nuke or killcoil.
Rad is great.
The Supreme HF block is a great block.
Tubing - For a tight fit over a barb, you can use 7/16" tubing over a 1/2" barb.
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post #5 of 18
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fyi: the Koolance reservoir accepts any D5 pump.

4-6ft of tube is plenty unless your are planning to run something external.

The list looks good
Thanks, I wasn't aware that it would accept any D5 pump. I wouldn't mind saving a few dollars with a different pump. Do you have any suggestions?
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post #6 of 18
The Koolance PMP-450 is just a re-brand of the Laing D5 pump which is commonly sold as Swiftech's MCP655. Therefore, you don't necessarily need the Koolance version.

Fittings come with O-rings. I've never had any break, but having a couple extra on hand couldn't hurt. Also, my preferred brand for fittings is Bitspower, but those EKs would be fine.

The tubing choice is fine. Distilled water and a silver coil is also right on.

I've used a RX240 and 360; they're great radiators.

The EK Supreme HF is a good block, but you could save ~$20 by getting XSPC's Rasa instead.
post #7 of 18
Quote:
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Thanks, I wasn't aware that it would accept any D5 pump. I wouldn't mind saving a few dollars with a different pump. Do you have any suggestions?
The Swiftech MCP655 is pretty much the same, just a different brand.
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The EK Supreme HF is a good block, but you could save ~$20 by getting XSPC's Rasa instead.
Is there any noticeable temperature difference between the two blocks? I've had a hard time finding comparisons between water blocks.
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post #9 of 18
The Supreme HF would give you a little bit better performance. Not a WHOLE lot.

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I guess it mostly comes down to looks vs price then for me. How would the Rasa compare to the EK Supreme LTX?
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