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This is my very first attempt at water cooling a PC, I’ve always steered clear of it as I’ve had this notion that water and electronic components don’t mix very well. However, I’ve done a lot of reading and most of the experts have indicated that as long as you’re careful and methodical the risks are low so I’m biting the bullet and going for it.

Let me try and explain my planned setup and some of my initial thoughts. Firstly I’m opting for the Koolance RP-452X2, this is a dual 5.25" Reservoir, I’m going to be fitting this with two D5/MCP655 pumps in series with a combined CPU/GPU pumping loop, I figured this is the best layout as it will provide some redundancy should a pump fail. I also opted for this Koolance reservoir as it’s neat and tidy and looks cool from the front of the case.

The other components I’ll be using are:

CPU block - Cuplex Kryos HF or Heatkiller Rev 3

Top Rad - Black Ice X-Flow Exteme 360

Bottom Rad - Coolgate Copper Radiator 240mm

GPU - EVGA GTX 580 in SLI fitted with AquaComputer AquagraFX or if I can get hold of a pair I’ll go for two EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2

Display/fan control - Aquaero 5 XT Touch LCD Fan-Controller

This is all going in the Corsair Obsidian 800D case along with an Asus Maximus IV Extreme, a Core i7 2600K, 8gig of RAM and OCZ 240 Vertex 3 SSD.

I thought I might attempt a build log in the forums here, if for nothing else other than recording for myself what a pain in the butt it’s all going to be.

Any feedback on the above would be greatly appreciated e.g. alternative components, comments like “don’t waste ya time mate” etc etc.

Let me know if the attached layout looks OK.
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post #2 of 17
The layout that you attached looks fine.
Though the fans on the rad up top, you will want them pushing air out, not in.
The bottom rad will be bringing cool air in from the bottom, and the top rad will be pushing hot air out since heat rises.
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I applaud the text, goes easy on my eyes lmao.. thanks for a great thread lol. Welcome to the water cooling club! Hope you learn well. I still am too!
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Originally Posted by mbudden;13597431 
The layout that you attached looks fine.
Though the fans on the rad up top, you will want them pushing air out, not in.
The bottom rad will be bringing cool air in from the bottom, and the top rad will be pushing hot air out since heat rises.

If I have the fans on the top rad pushing air out won't I be passing warm air over the rad? Should'nt I be passing the ambient room air over the rad?confused.gif
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post #5 of 17
Watercooling has gone long way now and risks for getting flood in PC case are minimal if you follow instructions. Perform leak test before start up!

Your setup looks nice though.
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If I have the fans on the top rad pushing air out won't I be passing warm air over the rad? Should'nt I be passing the ambient room air over the rad?confused.gif

The rad at the top of my case pulls air in, I have 2 fans on the back that exhaust the warm air out. This setup keeps air moving across the memory sticks. Your loop looks great, I use that same res and have great results running 2 D5 pumps. The added redundancy is a nice touch.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sniffsunderclouds;13597559 
If I have the fans on the top rad pushing air out won't I be passing warm air over the rad? Should'nt I be passing the ambient room air over the rad?confused.gif

Is the radiator that gets warm so if the fans is pulling air down the warm air just trap inside the case. Warm air rises so having the top fans exhaust going to get the warm air out the case.
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Originally Posted by mike597;13597617 
The rad at the top of my case pulls air in, I have 2 fans on the back that exhaust the warm air out. This setup keeps air moving across the memory sticks. Your loop looks great, I use that same res and have great results running 2 D5 pumps. The added redundancy is a nice touch.

Thanks for the feedback on the res, and rad positioning, I'm also going to have a couple of fans on the back of the case to remove warm air. I'm gonna be using Corsair Dominator memory, I think they come with a fan so that will keep the sticks cool.

My next decision is do I go for clear red UV opaque tubing to match the Asus board or black tubing?
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Just a thought about my setup, image attached. I think it might be a good idea to put a drain point in. Any ideas about how I might do this, presumable it needs to be at the lowest point in the loop, but that's where my second rad is. Any suggestions.
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Hi, a bit of an update. Changes to the following:

CPU block - Heatkiller Rev 3

Top Rad - Coolgate CG-360 120mm Triple Radiator : CG-360

Bottom Rad - Coolgate CG-240 120mm Dual Radiator : CG-240

GPU - EVGA GTX 580 in SLI fitted with Koolance VID-NX580

Fans - Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 1450 RPM

I'm going for UV Red Primochill PrimoFlex Pro 1/2" ID Tubing and black compression fittings.

Anybody got any thoughts on the update is the Koolance vid cooler OK, will I get better perfomance from the Heatkiller CPU cooler and do the rads look alright, will they be OK with those Gentle Typhoon fans?
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