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I'd really appreciate so help from the experts to put my mind at ease. I will be embarking on my first water cooled build, probably within the next month. You can see my system specs in my sig block. The primary focus of this build is to make it as comfortably silent as possible (so a bit of noise isn't a big deal).

The only two components I will be cooling at this time are:

Intel Core I7 2600k and
EVGA GTX590 Hydrocopper (already comes with waterblock)

I've worked out (with the help of others here) that I can do this on one loop. So far, I have decided on the following components.

EK-Supreme HF - Full Nickel CPU Water Block http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=WC-080-EK
Black Ice SR1 360 Rad http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...d=1523&subcat=
XSPC Dual 5.25†Bay Reservoir http://www.xs-pc.com/products/reserv...oir-alu-front/
swiftech mcp655 pump http://www.scan.co.uk/products/alpha...-connectors%29
6 fans for push pull config - Noiseblocker BlackSilentPRO PK-3 120mm http://www.thewatercoolingshop.co.uk...n-1400rpm.html

I have a problem choosing the right tubing. I think this fits. Am I right?

TUBE ClearFlex 12/16 http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ac...lex-12-16.html

And as for the fittings??????? I would like Compression fittings. What would fit from this link?

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ac...-fittings.html

And finally, have I missed anything? Do I need a top for the pump for example?

Really hope you can help me.
    
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post #2 of 10
Most people use 1/4 inch tubes.I would guess that goes with 1/4 fittings. Just make sure the rad is secure and the fans are placed well in push/pull. For best performance, you could run the rad outside the case. Most people like to build the cooler up and test it for 12 hours or so outside the rig to check for leaks! Do not use any die products for the water, use colour tubing if you want colour. I say this because the die can kill pumps and cause issues to the rest of the cooler over time for that matter. Good Luck!
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1/2 in tubing for no compromise flow rates, 7/16 to save a little money.

Look for Tygon R-3603 tubing if you can afford it.

... and the proverbial, "forget the rez".
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Thanks for the help guys. Anyoen else able to help with the fittings?
    
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Bitspower fittings in my opinion are the best out there. I personally use 3/8" ID (don't use anything less than 3/8" ID, 1/2" OD) however others like 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD.

Anyway, here's the link for 3/8" ID: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...l=g30c409s1032

PS: Primochill is the best tubing if your into colors and such, tygon is probably the best but you're usually stuck with black as the color.
Edited by Zmanster - 5/4/11 at 4:19am
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Thanks Zmanster. I'll be going for clear tubing and probably clear liquid. I asked earlier about a 'top' for the pump. As I am only on one loop, do I need one?
    
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Thanks Zmanster. I'll be going for clear tubing and probably clear liquid. I asked earlier about a 'top' for the pump. As I am only on one loop, do I need one?
Then definitely buy PrimoChill tubing. As for your top, if you want to change to different inner diameter tubing (e.g, 3/8") and for better head pressure (especially if you plan to add more blocks to your WC loop, like another GPU block or mobo block....very restrictive) you should purchase a top (if you're sticking with 1/2" ID, you won't need a top but I suggest you buy one):

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ek-d5...etal-g1-4-rev2

Also buys some killcoil, ptnuke and use distilled water.

EDIT: I noticed you're buying 1/2"ID, 5/8"OD. I think you should change it to 3/4"OD.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...?tl=g30c99s172

This is the best clear tubing out there, plus it's flexible considering the inner and outer diameter.
Edited by Zmanster - 5/4/11 at 4:46am
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Np top needed.Tubing size doe's not matter much between 3/8 and 1/2.Both will work and perform good.Your build looks fine.In the compression fittings I like them because they are easy to use over clamps.Gives a cleaner look.Personally I use 3/8 vinyl tube from Lowes.It's .25/ft.Black and shinny.I have 2 build with it and looks great and performs well.
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I have heard that most compression fittings are for 1/2".

I'm new to watercooling, but I have picked up some info along the way

The 1/2" compression fittings from here is the ones I use, and doesn't cost a arm and a leg Although I bought them from aquatuning.de, but they have a branch in uk which is this link.

Wish I came upon the first site sooner, as some stuff I have purchased would been cheaper there because of less costs in shipping for me.
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Thanks very much guys. Thats a lot for a noob to get his head around. I'll ponder over this and get back with any more questions. Really appreciate all the help.
    
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