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post #1 of 11
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Right gentlemen (and ladies), I'm looking at going to a "real" Water cooling setup and before I pull the trigger on it I just wanted some opinions about it.

I was thinking of going with the XSPC RS240 kit and getting a pair of
Heat killer GPU-X3 full coverage blocks (Powercolor's tech support said in they should match up with my card)


my questions are essentially as follows:

What else will I need besides additional tubing?
What fittings would be best for this setup?
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post #2 of 11
You'll need a lot more radiator volume than just an RS240 if you plan on having 2 GPU blocks and a CPU block. You'd also need a more powerful pump.

If you're looking to have 3 blocks, you probably will need to make a custom loop rather than buying a kit.
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post #3 of 11
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Yeah I had a suspicion that that would end up being the case! I was hoping to get away with getting a complete kit setup and adding the GPU blocks to it. Rather than to start completely from scratch, being that this will be my first trek into actual water cooling.
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post #4 of 11
Well a kit really isn't that much different than making a custom loop except it's less expensive. Going with a custom loop will generally be much more expensive, especially if you're like me and refuse to cut costs by buying mediocre parts.

But it isn't too terribly hard to pick out your own parts. I actually have my first water cooling loop shipping to my house right now. You just want to make sure you have someone else double check that all of your parts are compatible. I accidentally ordered the wrong diameter tubing for my compression fittings, so I had to make another purchase (I found out just after my first order shipped).

But a custom loop is just that, custom. You can tailor it to your exact needs, and that will give you optimal performance.
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post #5 of 11
You could go with an RX360 kit (narrowly) if you're not overclocking your 6950s. It'll be a tight fit though honestly. If you've got room for an additional 120 radiator somewhere, that would help a lot.

I honestly would recommend either watching the for sale forum here for a while and getting a great deal on used equipment or building one custom (though yes, the price of the XSPC kits can't be beat, except by used prices). You'll be happy with a 360 kit+120 or 240 though (RX series) I believe. Up to you. Get the kit first, save up for the blocks and radiator.

You may not have the room for all of it in your case, but the case is one of those things that has to be upgraded often when moving up in the world of watercooling. I know I had to :-/
post #6 of 11
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Appreciate the Info, I suppose its back to the drawing board.... And to convince my other half that a new tower is in order too!
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Gillymonster View Post
Appreciate the Info, I suppose its back to the drawing board.... And to convince my other half that a new tower is in order too!
That's always the hardest part..... "*** is this giant box FedEx is leaving on our doorstep!?"

Let me know if I can help further!
post #8 of 11
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New plan
1) XSPC Rasa 750 RS360
2) 2x EK Radeon HD 6970 Block - Nickel + Acetal Non - ref card (it lists my model number as a physical match) with four 3/8 x 1/2 Compression Fittings
3) 15ft of tubing (Is this going to be enough?)
4) try and save the current 240 radiator from its closed loop setup and use that if possible.
5) HAF 932

total cost ~$600
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post #9 of 11
I would try to avoid the ek nickel atm untill the issue with it flaking has been sorted
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post #10 of 11
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I saw that thread, which was why originally I was looking at the Heat killer GPU-X3, however those aren't confirmed to match my cards, where as the EK was a physical match.
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