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Hey all, after a week of receiving priceless input and advice on my first water setup Ive decided to post up a list of components ive more or less decided to go with (if you feel like there is still stuff I could improve feel free to post your advice ill start of with the rig itself that Ive got already and then post what ive picked for my dual loop

CPU: Sandy Bridge i7 2600k @ to 5ghz for 24/7 , 5.3ghz for 3d benching and 5439mhz for 2d benching

Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme rev. 9

Ram: 2x4gb G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 2133mhz cl9 @ to 2220mhz 9-11-9-28 cooled by the dual fan provided by G.skill
Video cards: 2x XFX 6990 @ to 960/1500

PSU: Corsair AX1200 Professional Gold Series

OS drive: OCZ Vertex 2 120gb SSD with windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Hdd's: 2x1tb Seagate Baraccuda

Case: Corsair Obsidian 800d


CPU block:
Koolance CPU-370
http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Ko...AM3_20190.html

Gpu blocks:
2x Koolance VID-AR699
http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Ko...990_20573.html

Video Connectors:
2x Koolance Dual VID Connector Adjustable 1 Slot Spacing Black
http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/cust...pid-13605.html

Radiators:
XSPC RX480
http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/XS...Black_732.html
+
XSPC RX240
http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/XS...-Black_96.html

Fans: 10x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm - 1850 RPM
http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Sc...0-RPM_945.html

Pump/Res combo:
Koolance RP-452X2 Dual 5.25"
https://www.koolance.com/water-cooli...roduct_id=2025

2x Pump, PMP-450 [13mm, 1/2" ID]
https://www.koolance.com/water-cooli...product_id=493

Tubing:
Primochill tubing PrimoFlex Pro 19/13 (1/2\\"ID) clear
http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Pr...-1m_18419.html

Additives:
Thermochill EC6 Non Conductive Coolant - Red
http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Th...-Red_1387.html

im trying to get my head around fittings (not having much luck, brain functions are slowly going in to stand by mode

btw this is how the pc looks atm:




Edited by Khalam - 6/29/11 at 12:44am
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OCZ Vertex 2
2x1tb Seagate Baraccuda
PrimoChill UV Red PVC Hose Clip

im trying to get my head around fittings (not having much luck, brain functions are slowly going in to stand bay mode
Get a Crucial/Micron M4/C400 SSD instead of the OCZ, just imo.
I think Seagate is a little less reliable than WD, but just imo.
The hose clips check out Lamptron ones. I have found the plastic pinch clips to be total crap because when you go to pinch the thing shut it's possible to inadvertently twist the fitting, thus making it loose. Then you'll end up jacking around with the whole thing, wasting time. It's much easier to apply the necessary clamping force with a tool rather than your hands or pliers. I've used these Lamptron ones for a while now and would never go back to plastic pinch clips. Other than that your option would be compression fittings (expensive) or zip ties or barbs with no fittings.



You need to diagram your loop and visualize it in your system then draw out the tubing scheme. Goto the vendor websites for all of your parts and make a spreadsheet of all the fittings sizes. My loop is all G1/4 other than the radiator which is G3/8. Then figure out the bends and buy the correct fittings. It's not really that hard make sure to get the price, angle (0, 45, 90), OD type and screw threading all right. I recommend you just use barbs where a custom angle isn't needed and then use compression fittings where you need a custom angle. It's a lot cheaper that way.
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Don't those things cost $4 a pop? A regular fitting costs $2-$3 adding the expensive clamp, costing about $6-$7.... so your just better off getting a compression fitting for a tiny bit more IMO.
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I actually dont mind spending more money just for the sake of an easy install etc so if compression fittings are the way to go then ill do just that
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This is going to be a monster build... all ready is but it just looks boring currently with the air cooling.
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I'd love to see how you plan to mount those rads.
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I'd love to see how you plan to mount those rads.
There are many examples already.

Takes a little cutting is all
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ay im gone have a friend who's got a steady hand cut the bottom hdd cage out so I can fit a rx240 or the thermochill one and cut a bit of the top out so a 480 fits since ive got the dual bay fan controller and im gone get the dual bay res ill have to take the optical drive out for the 480 to fit and use it as an external when im gone need it (which doesnt happen to often anyway thanks Nick, took a bit of saving up to get it to the current point, that full custom water is gone be the finishing touch
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just realised 2 things:

1. That koolance gpu block is only one side, not full

2. Since im gone use the Thermochill EC6 Non Conductive Coolant I can get ek blocks and not be bothered with the nickel flecking issue or am I wrong?
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just realised 2 things:

1. That koolance gpu block is only one side, not full

2. Since im gone use the Thermochill EC6 Non Conductive Coolant I can get ek blocks and not be bothered with the nickel flecking issue or am I wrong?
You mean the back plate?

I think that's always sold seperatly...
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