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Hey everyone,
so I'm thinking about dabbling into the watercooling pool with my sig rig I would want to cool the CPU and two 5850 GPU's in Crossfire. My case is HUGE (ATCS 840) and supports a 360 rad on the top and a 240 rad vertically inside of it.

I don't know much about watercooling components, but my primary concerns are (in this order):
1)performance
2)quietness
3) appearance (I'm shallow, so kill me! )

I really just want a kickass loop that lets me OC my 920 and GPU's like a beast, but doesn't make it impossible to sleep (as I sleep in the same room as my PC). Oh, and, sexiness speaks for itself.

I was initially thinking about going with a closed-loop ALC like the Corsair H50, and then an independent loop to cool the GPU's. Would this be a good/bad idea, and why?

Anyone have any kick-ass component recommendations? Price is very flexible but lets start at 400-500ish.

Thanks, all!
post #2 of 15
Ek Supreme is a good cpu block
a full cover block that fits your cards
XSPC RX rads are always a safe bet
Low speed fans (or higher speed with fan controller)
655 vario is a solid pump (and will run a loop with multiple blocks and rads)
depending on what you like the looks of, some sort of res
silver coil - distilled water
don't forget to add a drain line to your loop
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If you care about looks get some colored Primochill tubing and a FrozenQ reservoir. For fittings, I suggest Bitspower Matte Black fittings.
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Get quiet fans and use a fan controller. Good quiet fans are GTs.

If you want to overclock a good amount, I would not go with an H50. Especially since you want a loop for GPUs anyway.

I would get an XSPC Rasa RX360 kit, and add a RX240 RAD. Probably less than $300 for it. Then two waterblocks for your GPUs. You will be in the $500 range, a bit less.
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Get quiet fans and use a fan controller. Good quiet fans are GTs.

If you want to overclock a good amount, I would not go with an H50. Especially since you want a loop for GPUs anyway.

I would get an XSPC Rasa RX360 kit, and add a RX240 RAD. Probably less than $300 for it. Then two waterblocks for your GPUs. You will be in the $500 range, a bit less.
This sounds great, I think I'll build my loop off of the RX360 kit + RX240 combo.

I'm having some trouble finding waterblocks for the 5850. Both of my cards are XFX 5850's, however one is reference design and the other is non-reference. Will this prove to be a problem as far as waterblocks are concerned?

Also, the 1850rpm GT's are not instock ANYWHERE, and when they are they are like 25$ is this normal?

As for tubing: thinking white Primochill PrimoFlex Pro tubing, 3/8in. ID with 1/2in. OD. Sound good?

thanks all!
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Cheapest for GT AP-15 fans are at Xoxide, but they're sold out as well. Let's just say that demand is much greater than supply and natural disasters slowed down their production of these fans.
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post #7 of 15
I'd get a RASA XSPC RX360 kit (This is the RS360 kit). The RX kit simply has the RX360 rad instead.
It's a good base system, and the X2O 750 pump does 750 Liters per Hour, which is enough to do a 360 rad, a 240 rad (GPUx2 rad, and CPU rad respectively), 2 full cover blocks, and a CPU block.
[EDIT] Just saw you already planned on doing that!

I'd highly suggest the 1,850 RPM SilentTyphoon fans, I've got 3 doing pull on my RX360 rad, and they're silent, and quite efficient! I've got 5 of them total doing pulls on my rads, linked to a Sunbeam Fan controller, and I'd definitely suggest them to anyone who cares about performance, but doesn't want a jet taking off in their computer!

With one GPU being reference, and the other non, you'll need to buy 2 separate waterblocks most likely- that's all. They'll be noted as for reference, or more likely for which company. Most companies have a tool for finding out which block you'll need for which card.
Edited by Diber - 6/8/11 at 6:34pm
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The top performing Block is now The CPU-370 by Koolance followed by the Apogee XT.
The EK Supreme and Heakiller 3.0 are a few degrees behind. FYI

Edited by PureOC Jim - 6/8/11 at 6:39pm
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Quote:
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I'd get a RASA XSPC RX360 kit (This is the RS360 kit). The RX kit simply has the RX360 rad instead.
It's a good base system, and the X2O 750 pump does 750 Liters per Hour, which is enough to do a 360 rad, a 240 rad (GPUx2 rad, and CPU rad respectively), 2 full cover blocks, and a CPU block.
[EDIT] Just saw you already planned on doing that!

I'd highly suggest the 1,850 RPM SilentTyphoon fans, I've got 3 doing pull on my RX360 rad, and they're silent, and quite efficient! I've got 5 of them total doing pulls on my rads, linked to a Sunbeam Fan controller, and I'd definitely suggest them to anyone who cares about performance, but doesn't want a jet taking off in their computer!

With one GPU being reference, and the other non, you'll need to buy 2 separate waterblocks most likely- that's all. They'll be noted as for reference, or more likely for which company. Most companies have a tool for finding out which block you'll need for which card.

I would not get the XSPC Raza. I have heard a few bad pumps and besides he has $400-$500 to spend.

I have a 930 with the Apogee XT, MCP 655 Thermalchill TA 120, Swiftech microres and I overclock 4.5GHz stable at mid 80's temps.... it only gets that high briefly. High 70's low 80's @ 1.44V to help ya. This is am awesome cooling setup.



Edited by PureOC Jim - 6/8/11 at 6:40pm
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You do not need 2 rads. 1 x 120.3 rad will sufficiently dissipate the heat on your CPU and 2 x ATI graphic cards. The cards hit 60 overclocked and overvolted with idle temps of 30. Mine does with 3 x 5870's no problems 4.5GHz. 2 rads would be a lil overkill but may cool a tad better. IMO, not needed.

I used the Danger Den summit which cools as good as EK full cover GPU block for less $.
Edited by PureOC Jim - 6/8/11 at 6:46pm
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