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Im planning on building a WC loop for my next upgrade, which will be whatever the highend 32nm chips are from intel. Without info, i know its hard to say whether or not these new chips will run as hot as the i7's, but i need some advice picking out some parts. What can i say, i like to plan ahead. I'll be upgrading the main 3, cpu, mobo and ram at that time, and i'll probably keep my GTX 570 for a while, maybe upgrade shortly after the new rig is complete and whatnot.

Current temps on air
GTX 570 - Idle: 38C Load: 60C
Q6600 - Idle: 35C Load: 50C

Heres the parts im planning on WC:
CPU - Sandy or Ivy 32nm
GPU - GTX 570 (reference PCB)
NB - x79 chipset
Case: Antec 1200

Plans: Single loop, as simple as possible, smallest rad as possible. I have 2 exhaust fans on the back of my case, and im hoping i can cool all this with a 240, if not, then i'll have to case mod and stick it on top where the 200mm fan is.

Parts:
EK Supreme HF Plexi CPU Block
EK GTX 570 full waterblock Plexi
Black Ice GTX 240 rad
Swiftech MCP655 Pump
Res? In bay vs out of bay?
Tubing? Primoflex good?
Fans? High cfm and static pressure, under 40-45 dba?
Barb fittings? Wanna go cheap, but dont want leaks.
Distilled water?

My goal here, is to be able to cool the components down better than my current air cooling config, without massive mods to my case. That is the main reason i want to go with a 240 rad. Of course, if you all think that the 240 rad is gonna make my temps be about the same as air cooling, then i suppose i need a 360. I hear primoflex is good tubing, but some people think its too tacky, too... flexible? I know im gonna need high static pressure fans with that GTX rad, but delta is out of the question... I have a 4 fan fan controller, and i would like to get 4 fans hooked up in a push pull config. Im hoping that will be enough for just CPU, GPU and NB/SB. I also hear that compression fittings look really cool, but arent really any more leak proof than barbs, and barbs being cheaper and all sounds great to me. Res, i have no idea where to start looking, or what to get, would be nice to be able to have some plexiglass cut custom, or maybe a DIY task, dont know (need massive tips here). Also, distilled water?

Oh yeah, is it bad to use plexi-covered blocks? Would heat over time cause it to crack or fade colors? Im fine with using the acetal ones, i just thought it would be nice to be able to see if theres any air bubbles in the blocks, and it might provide some interesting entertainment while benching.

Feel free to critique my current list and offer suggestions, please fill me in if i missed something critical here. This would be my first WC loop, and could use some help picking components.

Thank you all in advance for your time.
Edited by L1ght - 8/1/11 at 11:04pm
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I've never had any trouble of out my DD plexi blocks (I rather like them). You may want to consider the the 33x. It's got a lower flow rate, but more head room. You really need as much rad as you can afford (with money, pressure, and space). A 240 won't be that significant if you are really looking to OC. Ideally you're going to want at least a 360 (at minimum). I use primoChill and like it, but that's me... it is all about finding tubing you like, since it is your build. As long as you go with one of the major companies, primoChill, Feser, Koolance, DangerDen... you are going to get good tubing. It only transports fluid anyway. For fans, scythe gentle typhoons are always good. Just go to Frozen CPU and you can look up fans by RPM, CFM and dB so that should help you look them up. Compression fittings are cool (I have them) and expensive and give you no real better performance. Barbs and zipties work just as well. Reservoirs are really up to what works best for you. If you have a bay open, those work fine, however they do have a lot of water just sitting there. If all your bays are filled then of course you have to go internal/external. I like to keep as much as I can inside the case, so I always say find somewhere to mount one of the cylindrical ones like this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13...?tl=g30c97s165 but yeah it's just about finding what works for you. Just remember.... it just holds water. And a custom one would be cool, just be carefule and thoroughly leak test it if you do that... no need to spray water all over you components. Finally distilled water is still one of the best coolants. I would still put some kill coil or PT nuke just ward off and bacteria growth. No one wants an algae pond in their computer!
    
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there is a ton of room in that case for more radiator... i would figure out a way to get at least one more 120/140mm rad in there somewhere.
    
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Yeah... I've got a 280+ (2x) 120s in my mid size case so you should be able to aaaaaaat least fit that
    
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Does anyone think there would be any benefit in using technical grade H2O instead of distilled? Also, what kind of cleaning of the rad and blocks would i have to do before putting it together? I've heard of some people running 12 rinse cycles of vinegar and water through their stuff before assembling it and filling.
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