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Hey guys

I want to attempt a custom watercooling system this summer, I'll be willing to spend about 500-600 on it. I live in Canada so shipping costs suck but as long as I can get it here its not a big deal.

I have an 800D case, asus sabertooth x58 mobo, evga gtx580 superclocked graphics card, i7 950 cpu which is overclocked to 4.02ghz, 6gb of corsair dominator ram, hx750w corsair psu, 2 corsair force ssds and a caviar green 2tb hdd.

I really have no idea where to start so I cant start buying parts or anything so if anyone wants to help me get started that would be great. This pc was my first build so I wanna take the next step and get it all watercooled.

I want to cool the cpu gpu and maybe the ram and chipset. If anyone has links on where to get started or wants to give me a hand after I get some research done on my part that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the read guys.
post #2 of 25
1. Sabertooth X58
2. 580GTX
3. i7 950

There is no block for the sabertooth.
I would recomend a Koolance 580GTX block for your gpu.
The cpu i would recomend a Koolance-370
The Ram, i suggest u get a ram fan.
The radiator i would recomend a MCR320 class, unless you want quiet...
Which means the rad will cost double then.


I recomend a Koolance PMP-400 as your pump, because its the only DDC u can open without voiding warrenty.
I recommend a EK DDC top with a Koolance Tube Res.
Tubing use something cheap at start, because all new LCers love tweaking, and tearing down / resetting up loops. Cheap tubing can save you here.

Use the expensive Primochill Tubing once u finalized how ur loops is going to stay.

The 800D can support 1 120x3 radiator up top, you dont have much heat load... so you will be good on 1 radiator + 1 single loop.
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post #3 of 25
I would start here, and as you go you will see and ind many more videos, help guides, tutorials, etc. Get to know fittings and sizes, as well as tubing.

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l-threads.html

Take a look at this kit so that you get a basic idea of the components:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-rs-rx120.html

Another good thread:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post11984918

Good luck! Have fun! And get ready to learn a lot!
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DazModes is a Canadian company, and I think you don't have to deal with all the duties ( learnt this 2 weeks after I purchased everything). Granted they may not hold everything you need, in which case you'll have to look into those US based companies like froencpu, performancepcs and aquatuning (euro).

GL and take pics!
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post #5 of 25
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Okay so I checked out all the parts that you listed and they look pretty slick. I'm going to have to figure out fittings and tubing which is quite confusing to me I'm definitely going to have to read in to it. Can I ask why a tube res instead of a bay?

These parts dont even seem that expensive. I have a ram fan with the corsair airflow pro on it its just loud so I wanted to take it out.

I have 2 gentle typhoons on my h70 right now 1850rpm and they seem great so if i get a triple rad could I just buy a third one of those or do I need higher rpm?

I think I may need a fan controller for all these fans as well.

Ill also need to learn how to apply thermal paste with these blocks.
post #6 of 25
Tube > Bay when u have room.

Bay > Tube, when space is limited.

800D is not limited unless u go crazy in loops.


Tim... depends on what..
If the Die has an IHS... a metal shell like a cpu... then a rice line in the middle so when u apply pressure u get a good imprint.

If the Die has no IHS... so its just a Die.. like ATI gpu ... then you need to apply a thin layer over the die so its entirely covered.

I dont use TIM on ram... there are only a few blocks u can do so.
But id rather use a PAD, as it wont help you any in OC on a Pad vs pure Tim.

Koolance blocks can not be applied with TIM only, u need to use a pad on the VREGS + RAM.
The gpu is the only thing that doesnt require pads.
Edited by NaeKuh - 6/10/11 at 1:27pm
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post #7 of 25
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Some terms in there I didn't get haha, tim? And ihs? Thanks for all the help with this, ill post the links to the stuff I'm gunna get then if you wanna help me add other stuff ill need that would be gnarly
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Some terms in there I didn't get haha, tim? And ihs? Thanks for all the help with this, ill post the links to the stuff I'm gunna get then if you wanna help me add other stuff ill need that would be gnarly
TIM = thermal interface medium... that paste u put on top.

IHS = integrated heat spreader... its the metal cover ontop of a die.
Usually found on CPU's and Nvidia GPU's.
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post #9 of 25
For a first time water cooler, a lot of people recommend an XSPC RASA kit. They're cheap, have decent parts, and actually have some room for upgrading. With a 360 kit, you should be able to cool both your CPU and a graphics card. Comes with almost everything you need in one bundle; you'll just need a graphics block (the one recommended above would be fine), some type of biocide to prevent algae growth, and I've seen a lot of people recommend getting new tubing as the stuff that comes in the kit kinda sucks. With your budget, money shouldn't really be an issue, so the biggest benefit here is making sure you get all the parts you need easier.
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For a first time water cooler, a lot of people recommend an XSPC RASA kit.
i dont...

Because i dont like the pump / res bay.

I feel you can get more if u custom it, and have it only cost a bit more.

Yeah u wont get all those fancy manuals... but trust me, if watercooling is as difficult as people think, it wouldnt of progressed to what it is now.
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