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Hey guys,

I made a post not too long about asking some questions in regards to a first loop, but it was going to be months away so it was mostly theoretical. I've decided I'm going to do it sooner, start ordering some parts.

So here are my thoughts...

I have an i5 2500k and two PNY GTX 580s in SLI (believe they are reference cards..) and want to hit those components with the loop (if anyone else things ram or mobo is necessary let me know.. ram already has an air cooler mounted).

At the moment, I'm thinking I'd start with the rasa 360 kit, and a 120 rad to go on my rear exhaust port. Atm I'm thinking loop would go res>360rad>CPU>120rad>GPUS>res. Does this sound good? I've never set up a loop before but it seemed alright to me...

Also, components? I'd obviously get the rasa kit, but which 120 rad? I need it to work with the rest, and I'll probs need an SLI bridge or something, and some budget bloocks for the GPUs. I also need some smexy UV blue tubing, some more fittings and clamps, etc. If anyone could help me build up a product list I'd love them forever.

Keep in mind, I'd like to hit a stable clock of at least 4.6ghz with solid temps, and over clock those 580s a good bit

Thanks,
GA
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For the GPU block I'd recommend the Koolance VID-NX580. It's one of the more expensive GPU blocks out there but its definitely worth it, my GPU hits 45C max with 1GHz core clock. I'd also get an SLi connector to connect the 2 blocks.

It doesn't matter too much how your loop is setup because the water is flowing so fast that there'll only be a 1-2C difference in water temps throughout your loop. The one important thing is that the water from your res goes directly into your pump, this'll make it easier to fill since your pump should never run without water in it.

You have 2 options when it comes to fittings. The first is compression fittings. These definitely look nicer than barbs and will last you quite a bit longer. Your second option is barbs and clamps. If you decide to go with barbs then make sure that you order lots of extra clamps, they're made out of really cheap plastic and break/crack very easily.
Edited by Shozzking - 7/29/11 at 12:47am
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Those blocks are really nice... but dear god they are costly . Perhaps someone could point me towars some nice but cheaper blocks?

Also, is the built in pump in the rasa360 kit could enough to power that whole loop?

Cheers,
GA
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swifttech makes some respectable blocks (and their website shows compatibility with specific models.) The thing is that full blocks are just large and therefore more pricey
    
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Also, what fans should I get? I was thinking I'd do a push pull on the xpsc 360 rad, aerocool sharks for the push, the stock fans for pull. If you suggest any fans, try to make sure they are available from newegg.com, i haz store credit.

Also, what rad would you guys recommend for the 120?

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Also, what fans should I get? I was thinking I'd do a push pull on the xpsc 360 rad, aerocool sharks for the push, the stock fans for pull. If you suggest any fans, try to make sure they are available from newegg.com, i haz store credit.

Also, what rad would you guys recommend for the 120?

Thanks
GA
I like low noise fans like Noctua or Xigmatek crystals. Newegg sells the Xig fans. If noise isn't a factor then high rpm fans should provide some added heat dispensation. Push / pull is a good idea. I understand that by doing so you can get pretty close to the performance of using a shroud with having to. For the loop as mentioned above just ensure your pump doesn't run dry so Res>Pump is key. I run a 120mm and 360mm rad set up right know and the temps aren't bad but then my 120mm cools just the cpu and the 360 cools my gtx590.
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Well I'll be using the rasa 360 kit for starting a starting point which has a pump built into the res so that really shouldn't be a problem...

Do you think my AX850 PSU will be strong enough to power those about 11 fans, the pumps, SLI 580s, and my i5?

Might want to pick up an auxillary psu for fans/pumps etc.

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Well I'll be using the rasa 360 kit for starting a starting point which has a pump built into the res so that really shouldn't be a problem...

Do you think my AX850 PSU will be strong enough to power those about 11 fans, the pumps, SLI 580s, and my i5?

Might want to pick up an auxillary psu for fans/pumps etc.

Thanks,
GA
The pump in the kit will not be optimal for 3 blocks and a couple rads. Better off with a different setup unless you want to run 2 loops.

I know people have run it with sli+cpu before, but in the long term you would want a stronger pump.

PSU will be fine.
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For the GPU block I'd recommend the Koolance VID-NX580. It's one of the more expensive GPU blocks out there but its definitely worth it, my GPU hits 45C max with 1GHz core clock. I'd also get an SLi connector to connect the 2 blocks.

It doesn't matter too much how your loop is setup because the water is flowing so fast that there'll only be a 1-2C difference in water temps throughout your loop. The one important thing is that the water from your res goes directly into your pump, this'll make it easier to fill since your pump should never run without water in it.

You have 2 options when it comes to fittings. The first is compression fittings. These definitely look nicer than barbs and will last you quite a bit longer. Your second option is barbs and clamps. If you decide to go with barbs then make sure that you order lots of extra clamps, they're made out of really cheap plastic and break/crack very easily.
i am curious as to how a compression fitting lasts longer than a barb??
    
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What pump would you guys recommend I grab then? Also, would I be able to simply slap in a new pump in place of where the current one goes?

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