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I'm going to edit this first post with updated details as the parts and config changes etc, to cut down on posts.

Edit- Okay, so I've been looking more into GPU cooling (slaps self on head), and have exchanged some more parts and I think I could do it... Please give me a yay or nay to the following:

Loop draft - Res -> Pump -> Rad -> CPU -> GPU -> Res


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Coolermaster HAF X
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHZ (2x 4GB)
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Intel i7 2600k
Enermax Revolution85+ 1020W
EVGA GeForce GTX 590

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XSPC RX360 Radiator
EK-DCP 4.0 12V DC Pump
EK-FC580 GTX+ Acetal Nickel
XSPC RASA Black CPU Water Block
EK Perfect Seal Compression Fitting 1/2 ID
XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25” Bay Reservoir (Alu Front)
PrimoFlex PRO LRT Tubing (UV Blue 1/2" 3/4" 1/8") per metre
Edited by Em3xus - 6/7/11 at 3:44am
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post #2 of 13
Well right off the bat you can save $20 or so by just using distilled water instead of coolant. No need for that.

Also, I don't know prices in Australia, but $130 seems really high for the RX360, as it's around $95 here.
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Nice build, how is the performance of you water block and rad?
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If you're just cooling the CPU, you can go with much cheaper parts than that. I'm using an XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 kit on my i5 2500K with different tubing and the results are pretty good, keeping it to 65C max with 2x AP-14's in pull @ 4.6 GHz, ~62C average across the cores at it's highest temperature. Once I 4x AP-15's in push/pull it'll easily keep it down to 60C max in my setup, if not lower.

Point being, for just a CPU loop, you can easily spend 1/3rd less or more and still have a great loop.
    
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I'd like to place a GPU into the setup as well, but looking around, pre-constructed WC cards are extemely expensive, and I don't trust myself to take one apart and put a block on there... but possibly in the next year or so I might take the plunge, so I want there to be room to add it in without having to get better performance pumps etc.

Keeping that in mind, and from what you have said, I should be okay to drop it down to an RX240? I'd also like to get a less expensive pump, but have no idea what's good below the laing.

EK-DCP 4.0 12V DC Pump @ $60??
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Originally Posted by Em3xus View Post
I'd like to place a GPU into the setup as well, but looking around, pre-constructed WC cards are extemely expensive, and I don't trust myself to take one apart and put a block on there... but possibly in the next year or so I might take the plunge, so I want there to be room to add it in without having to get better performance pumps etc.

Keeping that in mind, and from what you have said, I should be okay to drop it down to an RX240? I'd also like to get a less expensive pump, but have no idea what's good below the laing.

EK-DCP 4.0 12V DC Pump @ $60??
I'm confused. Your top post was edited after this statement to include a GPU in the loop. I for one think that adding a GPU into a cooling loop is a great idea, since GPUs are loud as crap with stock fans, or even the aftermarket fans.

If you do put a 580 (or 590, as suggested in your signature "future build"), you should go with more cooling than the 240. I would say a RX360 at least. It's a bit more expensive, but in this hobby you'll quickly learn that it's best to get better stuff in the beginning rather than just spend more time and money selling and upgrading over and over again. You should be able to fit it just fine too in the HAF-X.

As for putting a waterblock on a GPU, it was scary to me the first time I did it, but it really wasn't bad, and was just as easy after that as it is to put on a CPU block or build a computer in general. It seems a lot worse than it really is, especially with so many people having good luck with watercooling GPU blocks, versus that batch of Acceleros (I believe it was them) that kept burning out people's cards. The only reason to get a card with built in watercooling is that A. you can afford it, and B. it's warrantied and built at the factory, so you know (hope) it's done right, and if it isn't they'll fix it.

For a pump, you could probably get away with the one you listed. I'd always recommend a MCP355 with aftermarket top and reservoir.

If you'd like to check out a HAF-X build, feel free to check out my rig in my sig.
post #7 of 13
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Yeah, sorry for the confusion Gumby! I'm still investigating different parts and my list is anything but final at this stage, so my setup and ideas are all over the place.

Currently I have decided that I WILL be doing GPU cooling, as everyone says do it right the first time, so that's what I'll be doing!

I'll go with the RX360 I think in the same setup. See updated details in my first post.
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post #8 of 13
I suggest you get the copper EK block instead of the nickel as there are a lot of people here and over at XS having problem with the nickel coming off.

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...ek-nickel.html
post #9 of 13
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Thanks for the input guys. This will help when finally getting around to creating the beast =)
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post #10 of 13
That list looks good! You haven't picked fans yet, but everyone loves Gentle Typhoon AP-15s if you can find them.

As mentioned, I definitely would NOT recommend getting EK nickle plated anything. (honestly I'd save yourself the hassle and not have to worry about it from any company, so my vote would be to go to all-copper blocks)

The rest looks good. I'd swap the positions of the fan controller and top CD drive as you may have some clearance issues with the CD/DVD drive and the fan on the radiator (from your original drawing; depending on how you set it up).
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