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Utilizing a DD External Rad Box.
2x RX360 Radiators
6x AP-15 120mm Fans
1x DD RAD res
1x MCP35X Pump
4 QDC (2 leaving the rad box, 2 on a PCI insert going into my system)
1x EK Supreme HF Full copper - Nickel Plated
1x DD GTX580 (on a 570) GPU Block - Black Chrome - Nickel (still not 100% sure on this)
Primochill 1/2" Clear Tubing
Silver Kill Coil.

So first up, couple of questions.
  1. Kill coil placement, on the input to the res is ok? Better place to have it? I dont need pt-nuke with this right, or should i run both?
  2. Single MCP35X enough?
  3. Connectors. This is where I am lost a bit. Barb or Compression and how many? I am thinking Black compression.
  4. how do i work out what mounting screws to use for the rads/fans ? Guessing rads mount from the back, fans on the front.
  5. Going with pull on the rads, will be putting a filter between the rad and the box, this shouldn't affect things too much right? (have a very fluffy white cat, need to filter)
  6. Trying to keep the number of elbows down, thinking i will need 2 coming into the case (it's a FT02, vents out the top and cables run inside a cage up there)
  7. plan to add a second GTX 570 SC before the end of the year, I think I have sized appropriately for another card. thoughts?

any improvements or comments welcome. this will be my first watercooling setup.
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Priced it all out, damn thats expensive. Going to buy it over a few weeks I think.
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See my non-expert comments bolded below.

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Originally Posted by Zate View Post
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So first up, couple of questions.
  1. Kill coil placement, on the input to the res is ok? Better place to have it? I dont need pt-nuke with this right, or should i run both? Kill coil placement is fine, make sure you uncoil it enough so it can't pass through into the res, though it's not the end of the world if it does...
  2. Single MCP35X enough? Should be
  3. Connectors. This is where I am lost a bit. Barb or Compression and how many? I am thinking Black compression. Black compression fittings can be had for around $5-7 a pop. More if you go bitspower, less if you get something on the generic side. Barbs are far less expensive (think $2-3) but you lose some of that "bling" factor and some don't like the looks of clamps (worm, spring steel, plastic etc).
  4. how do i work out what mounting screws to use for the rads/fans ? Guessing rads mount from the back, fans on the front. The rads should come with screws that match the rad threading that will work with 25mm thick fans (standard), but you always want to double check before possibly puncturing your rad... I imagine the actual mounting to be something like screw head - rad box - fan - into the threading of the actual rad.
  5. Going with pull on the rads, will be putting a filter between the rad and the box, this shouldn't affect things too much right? (have a very fluffy white cat, need to filter) I would do push with the AP15, but at full speed (1850rpm) it shouldn't really matter that much either way. If you plan on using a fan controller to undervolt, then I can see why you'd go with Pull. That said, a filter shouldn't be too much of a hindrance, depending on what kind it is
  6. Trying to keep the number of elbows down, thinking i will need 2 coming into the case (it's a FT02, vents out the top and cables run inside a cage up there) That sounds like a reasonable plan to keep the elbows needed down, but why not just punch out the back below the PSU? No elbows needed for that, I would imagine.
  7. plan to add a second GTX 570 SC before the end of the year, I think I have sized appropriately for another card. thoughts? That loop should be plenty for an OC'd CPU and two high end video cards.

any improvements or comments welcome. this will be my first watercooling setup.
Good luck!

*edit*
Computer hardware and modding as a hobby in general are not cheap. Like cycling, golf, or any other hobby really, you can go bare minimum and get by or go all out and spend upwards of $5k. Just be glad you're not modding cars, that gets VERY expensive in a heartbeat.
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^ yeah i moved from cars to computers.. lol just hard to swallow throwing down >$750 less than a week after buying the system.. need to trickle it in to keep the wife happy

thanks for the input.
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Quote:
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^ yeah i moved from cars to computers.. lol just hard to swallow throwing down >$750 less than a week after buying the system.. need to trickle it in to keep the wife happy

thanks for the input.
No problem.

I have too many hobbies that suck up my money including cycling as of late (no cars needed in NYC haha)... I'm trying to decide if I need a new system with a good WC loop or to put together a carbon road bike...argh! Have to go piecemeal in order to keep my cash flow from being decimated haha. Bought a case and pump. Next purchase will probably be the res, cpu block, and rad. GPU block and better fans later.
    
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Looks good. Those radiators are more than enough for what you need nd so they should last you well into the future.

One thing i could recommend if you want the best temps possible would to put the radiators (or one radiator) between the pump and cpu, the pump will put in something like 10W into the water. This will only really be tiny tiny effect,but justify you want the best temps possible

I have used both barbs and compression fittings, needless to say i don't think i will ever go back to barbs. Compressions just work, don't leak, and look great.
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