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Hi, I am new to watercooling as this will be my first loop, but i have been researching these forums amongst others for a couple of months now.

These are the parts I have decided to more or less go with from what i've learned.
CPU: i7 2600k eventually overclocked to around 4.5ghz

I have one restriction, for various reasons, I am stuck with a single 120mm rad, can not fit anything more.

Please let me know what you guys think.

CPU Block: EK Supreme HF Full Copper Rev.2
Radiator: HW Labs GTX120
Pump: Swiftech MCP35X + Heatsink
Fans: Two Gentle Typhoon AP-15 1850RPM in Push Pull
Shrouds: Two Feser Admiral 120mm (depth:31mm) shrouds
Reservoir: not sure yet
Coolant: HPLC grade distilled water + 99.9% silver kill coil

Am I going overboard with some of the parts and not enough with others? any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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You don't need a pump that powerful unless you are planning on adding a lot to the loop in the future... You could save some money and get a different pump. Everything else looks fine.
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You don't need a pump that powerful unless you are planning on adding a lot to the loop in the future... You could save some money and get a different pump. Everything else looks fine.
what pump would you suggest?
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what pump would you suggest?
look at the mcp350 from bmaverick in the FS thread. I bought two to cool my sig rig, but at the moment am only running a single one and it provides more than enough flow. You really only need a pump that powerful if you have a lot of restriction in your loop, which you don't. the mcp350 will be more than enough for your loop, plus its from a great "local" OCN seller
http://www.overclock.net/cooling-pro...s-ddc-1-a.html

EDIT: and for reservoir, if you're tight on space, I would recommend a pump top res like these
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=22867
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=23357
Or even the swiftech microres
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=24649
Edited by morencyam - 8/3/11 at 3:53pm
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what pump would you suggest?
I would recommend what morencyam said.
Plenty of power for your loop.

Another res would be just a single 5.25" bay res... XSPC and Bitspower make nice ones.
XSPC : http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xssi5bayreab.html
Bitspower : http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/bi5bayresbla.html
( They make a white acetal bitspower one, but couldn't find it... I'll look for it )

EDIT : Here are more of the bitspower ones...
http://www.frozencpu.com/search.html...&go.x=0&go.y=0

Also Bitspower makes a 3.5" version of the one I linked above.
Black : http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/bi3bayresbla.html
White : http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/bi3bayreswha.html
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I would say get a bigger radiator or just go with the H70. Even a 240 rad was kind of disappointing for cpu cooling.
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I would say get a bigger radiator or just go with the H70. Even a 240 rad was kind of disappointing for cpu cooling.
I really do not have room for a bigger rad , do you honestly think the H70 would perform better then a fully custom loop?
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Hi, I am new to watercooling as this will be my first loop, but i have been researching these forums amongst others for a couple of months now.

These are the parts I have decided to more or less go with from what i've learned.
CPU: i7 2600k eventually overclocked to around 4.5ghz

I have one restriction, for various reasons, I am stuck with a single 120mm rad, can not fit anything more.

Please let me know what you guys think.

CPU Block: EK Supreme HF Full Copper Rev.2
Radiator: HW Labs GTX120
Pump: Swiftech MCP35X + Heatsink
Fans: Two Gentle Typhoon AP-15 1850RPM in Push Pull
Shrouds: Two Feser Admiral 120mm (depth:31mm) shrouds
Reservoir: not sure yet
Coolant: HPLC grade distilled water + 99.9% silver kill coil

Am I going overboard with some of the parts and not enough with others? any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
You don't need a 35x, will be a waste on a single 120mmm rad. A single mcp350 is more than enough. I would do a "real" MCP350 plus a Bitspower Mini Tank Plus.

Those fans are wrong for a GTX. They'll work because they're great fans, but they won't get the GTX to it's sweet spot. You need some 3000rpm fans, Ultra Kazes (which are onsale from Superbiz in the online deals forum) or AP29 or higher.
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You don't need a 35x, will be a waste on a single 120mmm rad. A single mcp350 is more than enough. I would do a "real" MCP350 plus a Bitspower Mini Tank Plus.

Those fans are wrong for a GTX. They'll work because they're great fans, but they won't get the GTX to it's sweet spot. You need some 3000rpm fans, Ultra Kazes (which are onsale from Superbiz in the online deals forum) or AP29 or higher.

ahh yeah i chose the fans because ive read they are the perfect balance between performance and noise, and i've watched some videos and i like the noise level i get from two of those, do you have a better suggestion for a rad? swiftech 120 xp maybe? xspc rx 120 ??
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The rx120 is a low speed rad... it works great in it's ideal application, but may not be enough for a high clocked 2600k. Your 2600k isn't high clocked so you'll probably be ok. Another problem with thick 120mm rads is you will run out of space inside the case to house the rad. If you don't mind you can run one fan inside the case and one outside, follow your imagination.

The MCR120 isn't quite as good as the RX120, and the MCR120XP will require the same high speed fans as the GTX... ANother thing, a GTX120 with very fast fans can dissipate a crap ton of heat, which not many other rads can do.

I dunno, for me the question comes down to your noise tolerance. High or low? That will dictate the relative performance of your loop. GTX level noise of RX level? Which is your poison?
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