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Hi everybody,

I've decided to try water-cooling in order to begin overclocking my system.

I'm getting a Cooler Master HAF X (lots of space) and was going to buy a Swiftech H20-320-EDGE for ease of use, then buy a custom block for my GTX470. However, a look on this forum suggests I can do better for the same money (£260 plus about £70 for the GPU cooling addition over here in the UK).

I'm currently looking at this set up for the same money - could someone tell me if this will work?

Swiftech MCP655 pump - £72.99
XSPC RX360 - £76.70
Swiftech MCRES-Micro Reservoir Rev2 - £18.99
XSPC Rasa CPU Waterblock - £38.25
EK-FC470 GTX Waterblock - £52.99
Tygon R3603 Hose 1/2" ID - 3/4" OD - 3m - £24.21
3x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm - 1850 RPM - £34.98
PrimoChill ICE - UV Blue - £9.82

Once I've added on VAT (sales tax), it's £405.55, which is a lot: £60 pricier than the Swiftech one. Plus, I have no fittings. Should I go for barbed or quick release fittings?

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could get the price down? I do quite want to build my own rather than use a 'kit', and I've heard that the H20-320-EDGE is really noisy. I want this to be as quiet as possible.

Thanks guys.

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Looks good, but I'd suggest holding off the EK block until next week. Some of their nickel plated blocks are having flaking/corrosion/erosion problems and they're releasing an official statement in a couple days.

If they end up issuing RMAs, go for it. If they screw their customers and blame us, stay away

Regarding fittings, barbs are sufficient if you don't mind hose clamps. Quick Disconnects are nice, but are not necessary throughout the loop. A set low in the loop can help with draining though. I prefer Compression fittings over barbs, but they do cost a bit more.
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post #3 of 25
Remove the coolant, it's unecessary and is dyed, which could cause possible problems.
Try looking at a pump / res combo piece, it should save you money..

Instead of coolant, use distilled water and use coloured tubing if you need colours.

but don't forget to either get a Silver Killcoil or PT-Nuke (I believe it's called, it's an anti-fungal additive for your fluid)

Other than that, shop around for the parts, look for a second hand CPU block or Rad, as they're on practically every W/C system, and so must be a pretty popular second hand item.

I'm also pretty sure I've seen 120mm Gentle Typhoons going second hand for £4 a fan..

EDIT: In regards to Tubing & Barbs / Compressions fittings.
Some people claim that using 7/16" ID tubing over 1/2" Barbs provides a very secure seal.
Edited by McMogg - 6/4/11 at 1:55pm
post #4 of 25
If you really wanted to shave some of the price off you could get rid of the res and just run a t-line. Also Swiftechs 360 rad is a bit cheaper that the XSPC 360 rad is almost just as good.
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For a quiet loop you need a fancontroller and decoupling for the pump. Like this, this or this.
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Thanks guys.

Having sat down and thought about this, I reckon that if I'm going to do it, I ought to do it properly.

Do you think water-cooling my GPU is necessary? If not, then I can get rid of that and save a bit there.

I'm otherwise going to add/change a few things:

1. I'll hold on to see what the news with EK is if I choose to continue with GPU water-cooling.

2. If I go for compression fittings, how many do I need? I count 6 different 'holes' for the tubing (or 8 if you include the GPU) - does that mean I need 6 sets of compression fittings or just 3?

3. I would like a nice blue or green coolant colour. Is it OK to use PVC tubing to achieve this or will it look rubbish? If it's going to look bad, is there a coolant I can use which won't pose a problem but still look cool?

Thanks

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MMMmmmmmm HAF X
Sorry, but that's a yummy case ;D
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Dyed coolant eventually can gunk the system. Best to use is distilled water, biocde and silver coil.
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What site are you purchasing from?

If you're willing to buy from multiple sites, Chilledpc does coloured tubing, and they have UV Blue in clear and solid colour in 7/16" and 1/2" diamaters.

7/16": http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/inde...ath=44_116_148

1/2": http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/inde...ath=44_116_147

and regarding other coolants with dyes in, it's supposedly a general issue with dyed coolants, not just with that particular type.. I'm sorry about that, I'm sure you could use it, but I hear it needs more maintenance (Cleaning / flushing the system to remove any precipitate)

What temperatures does your GPU currently get? If they're acceptable I think you could leave the GPU alone for the time being.. This also means you can buy a 240 rad instead and save more money, but limit your chances to upgrade (Or just stick with the 360 so you can add your GPU later)
Edited by McMogg - 6/4/11 at 3:15pm
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Thanks guys.

Having sat down and thought about this, I reckon that if I'm going to do it, I ought to do it properly.

Do you think water-cooling my GPU is necessary? If not, then I can get rid of that and save a bit there.

I'm otherwise going to add/change a few things:

1. I'll hold on to see what the news with EK is if I choose to continue with GPU water-cooling.

2. If I go for compression fittings, how many do I need? I count 6 different 'holes' for the tubing (or 8 if you include the GPU) - does that mean I need 6 sets of compression fittings or just 3?

3. I would like a nice blue or green coolant colour. Is it OK to use PVC tubing to achieve this or will it look rubbish? If it's going to look bad, is there a coolant I can use which won't pose a problem but still look cool?

Thanks

hcetech
I'm watercooling my 2 GPUs and there has been a dramatic difference in temps. At load both of them peak at 39C which is awesome and makes it totally worth it (to me).

1. Just watch out on anything nickel plated

2. Just depends on who you buy them from, some places sell by the pair and some sell individually. Keep in mind compression fittings will bring the price of your build up a lot.

3. I would, and much of OCN would, advise against dyes. Just get colored tubing.
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