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I've watched the videos in the essentials thread and read a bit about water cooling but now I want to get some actual advice.

I've been looking at this particular unit for a couple years actually, I just got a job where I will be able to afford it though. My new apartment is way too hot for air cooling on top of things, I was playing Oblivion yesterday and my GPU reached 95 Celsius before I noticed and quit the game. Thankfully no artifacts were popping up.

I won't have enough money to straight up build a new computer yet, so I've got to upgrade the one I have in a way that I can easily transfer the upgrades. This is what I have, and below is what I'm looking at buying.

AM2 Socket (Future upgrade will be to i7 or faster)
EVGA Nvidia Geforce 9600 GSO 512


1.) Exos-2.5 (EX2-1055) Cooling System, Aluminum [no nozzles]
URL: https://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?product_id=1171 (Specs Available, I just don't know what ones might be needed)

I know I want to get compression nozzles, but I don't understand what size I should get or need. If I understand the manual correctly I start with the largest and work my way down. It is a little confusing though before it forks off at certain places. I want to cool the CPU and GPU

2.) EVGA 03G-P3-1591-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Hydro Copper 2 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
URL: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130665

So I am looking at around 1,100-1,300 on the first installment. I am wondering mostly about the tubing. There must be a specific way to run tubing and split the water to go two ways and then merge it again. So if anybody can help me to understand the most efficient way to run the tubing I would be very grateful.

Any additional tips will be appreciated.

Thank you and hello to everyone; first post.
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That koolance unit looks nice but it's totally overpriced and made of aluminum, which will give you corrosion problems with all copper water blocks. All of the blocks with good performance now are either copper or nickel plated copper.

Have a look at the xspc rasa kit with triple 120 radiator. It'll cost you less than half of what that koolace kit does, and it comes with a very good water block.
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Okay, I figured it was a bit over priced. I will check in to the one you posted once I get at a computer.
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You can use that Exos system with the proper coolant and it won't do a bit of harm to your copper blocks etc. I've personally always thought the Koolance unit was pretty darn sweet looking. Do a bit of research on it and see if it's worth while; the good thing about it is that it's very easy to migrate to a new system or if your current case isn't any good for water cooling. No idea if it's as efficient as a full custom loop, but I think performance wouldn't be bad seeing as though it's mounted outside of the system... meaning the radiator will always have ambient temp. air running through it and surrounding it.
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Originally Posted by chorner;14475694 
You can use that Exos system with the proper coolant and it won't do a bit of harm to your copper blocks etc. I've personally always thought the Koolance unit was pretty darn sweet looking. Do a bit of research on it and see if it's worth while; the good thing about it is that it's very easy to migrate to a new system or if your current case isn't any good for water cooling. No idea if it's as efficient as a full custom loop, but I think performance wouldn't be bad seeing as though it's mounted outside of the system... meaning the radiator will always have ambient temp. air running through it and surrounding it.

Thanks for the heads up. I think I will do that instead of piecing together my own. A day or two ago I was thinking about it, and remembered that koolance does sell coolant so thought I would ask about that and the corrosion. Looks like I don't need to now though.


Back to the original questions though.

"There must be a specific way to run tubing and split the water to go two ways and then merge it again. So if anybody can help me to understand the most efficient way to run the tubing I would be very grateful."
What are the best practices to consider when making a custom loop. I don't know if the radiator and reserve count as part of the loop or not. I just mean the tubing.

What do people suggest when it comes to tubing? Tips tricks, whatever. I want the coolant & Heat to flow efficiently. So if that means doing things counter intuitively by having a smaller tube exiting the reserve/pump then split it into two larger tubes then converge them after they run past their respective areas. I just want to know. I don't want to go through 80$ worth of tube or something ridiculous like that.

Even just mention the different types of tubing I should consider given the koolance system. and what the types of fittings and splitters might actually be called. I am a water cooling virgin, just looking to make sure I know what I am doing before I pop my cherry. Last thing I need is it popping open and spraying water all over my hardware after a trial went fine.
Edited by Sagenth - 8/10/11 at 12:42pm
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