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So after a while of research and waiting and money issues I'm finally going water loop. I was thinking of a kit and looked at the ek, xspc and swiftech kits. I have set a budget of around 350$. I like the kits for various reasons but came across a deal I could not pass on. Keep in mind I was really leaning toward the swiftech kit for the 655 pump since i eventually want to put a block on my 480. So the deal I came across is the Swiftech 655 pump 240 rad apogee xt block and micro res all for 140. Basically the whole kit minus tubing and coolant for 120$ less. So my question is what else do i need to complete my loop? I ordered tubing, 7/16 ID, since all parts have 1/2" barbs. I'm gonna use distilled water for coolant. I was thinking screws for mounting the rad and I wanted to use a shroud this one to be exact http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...tl=g30c107s156 so was wondering what screws to get? also I was thinking of an EK d5 top but was wondering what its advantages were? And i know the obvious thing to get with the money I'm saving would be the 480 water block my only thing is if the 240 rad will be enough I had in mind that I would need an extra 120 rad to help out the 240 with the 480 block. Anything else that I may need I appreciate the help and I'm really looking forward to my loop. Oh as far as screws I'm curious as to what diameter to get. the length is not important as I can always use my new dremel to cut them down to size.
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I'm not sure about the possibilities, but considering people use LN2 I'm sure it's possible:

Instead of distilled water, use Vodka (or any other high-alcohol content drink) or possibly salt water.
Both Vodka and Salt water can be cooled further than regular water (or distilled water) and cool easier and quicker than water aswell.

It's just an idea..

But I've never watercooled, so I have no help for you otherwise.
post #3 of 10
hi, a 240 rad wont be enough for cpu and gpu cooling i am affraid

i have just put a loop together and something similair should fit your system to.
it was 218 euro so you can prolly get it for around 300 dollars. you could add a gpu block later but i dont know if this loop can handle it either

here is the list:


It got extra tubing and fittings so you can play around with it all a bit and dont come short.


Mini work log here


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Thanks for the help I think I'm gonna stick with the distilled water. Still not sure about the screws i really need to know the size
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I agree with Farih about 240mm rad not enough for cpu and your gpu,need more rad imo.

Guy in 2nd post,no offence but...i think you may have been drinking vodka to suggest salt water,corrosion springs to mind

Stick with distilled water and use silver kill coil in your loop to stop any growth/algae,or PT Nuke bocide.
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So just picked up the rad. res, pump and block. Will post pics up soon. Think ima give it a shot today at putting it together.
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Originally Posted by McMogg View Post
I'm not sure about the possibilities, but considering people use LN2 I'm sure it's possible:

Instead of distilled water, use Vodka (or any other high-alcohol content drink) or possibly salt water.
Both Vodka and Salt water can be cooled further than regular water (or distilled water) and cool easier and quicker than water aswell.

It's just an idea..

But I've never watercooled, so I have no help for you otherwise.
Salt water conduct electricity. The whole reason behind distilled water is to NOT HAVE MINERAL SALT AT ALL
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Originally Posted by McMogg View Post
I'm not sure about the possibilities, but considering people use LN2 I'm sure it's possible:

Instead of distilled water, use Vodka (or any other high-alcohol content drink) or possibly salt water.
Both Vodka and Salt water can be cooled further than regular water (or distilled water) and cool easier and quicker than water aswell.

It's just an idea..

But I've never watercooled, so I have no help for you otherwise.
Do not use any advise he gives you. Do not use salt. Just use distilled water and PTnuke and a Kill coil. Don't use dye's use colored tubing.

As far as screws, use this.

The 240 radiator wont be enough. Not for cpu and video card. You will saturate the water temp with to much heat. You need a 360 or equal imo at least. A 240 with a 120 would help.

I would do:

Res-Pump-240-CPU-120-GPU-Res

That would give you a ton of flex ability with placement of your parts. You could even move the 120 to the otherside of the GPU if your case requires you to. Just dont add it directly after your 240.
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Thanks guys. So I set everything up with no major probs. Just ran my first prime test with the loop about 2 hours Max temps were 69,66,67,65 pn the 4 cores respectably. this is how I ran the set up res>pump>block>rad. Idle temps really had no change at all 44,42,43,41
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Originally Posted by Azarah View Post
The whole reason behind distilled water is to NOT HAVE MINERAL SALT AT ALL
Okay. I didn't realise it would be such an issue and was only thinking of the sub-zero cooling benefits. As my post said I'm new to this kind of stuff, and was only contemplating the use of such fluids without the need to post my own thread.
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