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This is my first water cooling build. Please re-post what you would make the loop w/ pictures. (I am hoping to get just one loop with a draining method)


I can't pick a Res any help?
This one w/ the build in pump which pump?
Or this one with the pump built in
Or this one with this pump with this kit or this kit

So from what I read is it best to just use distilled water? or what..
Also can anyone recommend me some tubing I was thinking of going with 1/2 x 3/4

Am I missing anything? please post all of your suggestions and opinions. Thank you so very much.

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(did I pick out good gpu and cpu blocks?)

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post #2 of 17
my preferred loop is RES>PUMP>RAD>CPU>GPU>RES

the second bay res you picked is good and just so you know it doesnt come with the pump

MY preferred CPU block is the (Swiftech Apogee XT (rev 2) Water Block)
Your GPU block is good

my loop has 1/2 ID 5/8 OD lots of coolants flow

even distilled water will get bacteria in it over time so i went with feser aqua coolant without any added dyes
    
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For a standalone reservoir, the EK Spin is awesome, but it requires a minor case mod for an 800D to make it slide into the bays (dual bay). Build log is in my sig and I have a picture with what I did. I would do everything standalone, takes up more space but it makes troubleshooting easier. For a pump, go with a swiftech.

Munroe7 has the order as I have mine. Another for his order.

I use distilled water, PT Nuke, and a DyeBomb (which never is the color I want... I choose orange, orange in res pink in tubes, I choose pink, orange in res light pink in tubes)

The heatkiller 3.0 is my preference of CPU Block and EK blocks are good for full coverage on reference graphics cards. I have a single 360mm rad which is plenty for a the CPU and GTX 480 I own.

Don't forget your tubing on your listed parts Upgraded fittings and clamps if you want. Compression fittings look good, but I have heard they sometimes fail. Do a 3/8 ID tubing with a 1/2 Barb. Its hard to get on at first but those puppies aren't coming off.

Yet another Ninja edit of mine: Move the pump to the back side of the case, I find it makes routing the tubes a bit easier.
Edited by Chunkylad - 8/10/11 at 10:34pm
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For a standalone reservoir, the EK Spin is awesome, but it requires a minor case mod for an 800D to make it slide into the bays (dual bay). Build log is in my sig and I have a picture with what I did. I would do everything standalone, takes up more space but it makes troubleshooting easier. For a pump, go with a swiftech.

Munroe7 has the order as I have mine. Another for his order.

I use distilled water, PT Nuke, and a DyeBomb (which never is the color I want... I choose orange, orange in res pink in tubes, I choose pink, orange in res light pink in tubes)

The heatkiller 3.0 is my preference of CPU Block and EK blocks are good for full coverage on reference graphics cards. I have a single 360mm rad which is plenty for a the CPU and GTX 480 I own.

Don't forget your tubing on your listed parts Upgraded fittings and clamps if you want. Compression fittings look good, but I have heard they sometimes fail. Do a 3/8 ID tubing with a 1/2 Barb. Its hard to get on at first but those puppies aren't coming off.

Yet another Ninja edit of mine: Move the pump to the back side of the case, I find it makes routing the tubes a bit easier.
What did u do exactly to make the res fit in the bay?
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also should i have the pump push the water throught the loop or pull it?
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also should i have the pump push the water throught the loop or pull it?
Only one way really. Pump "pulls" water from reservoir & "pushes" through rest of loop.
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just go with a block you like and is aesthetically pleaseing to you and compliments your case/parts. Same with res. I'm actually putting a full cpu/gpu loop together in a couple of months, and im going with the xspc dual bay res, with a built in mount for a mcp655 pump. I have a df-85 case and not a lot of room, so it will keep the case looking clean. i also dont see your rads? make sure your getting ones with the right fpi for what you want. i personally am going with thick/dense rads and high speed fans, you might awnt a more silent approach with lower density rads and quiet fans. Not sure if your going with 1 or 2, but logically 2 makes more sense if your cooling 3 components. Lastly i think it all depends on your budget. My loop is going to run about $1000 with all the fittings, fans and other accessories. But if i were on a tigher budget, that could easily be brought down to the $5-600 range. Good luck with ur build, better make a work log!(all advice is given by a noob who has yet to actually put a loop together, lol)
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just go with a block you like and is aesthetically pleaseing to you and compliments your case/parts. Same with res. I'm actually putting a full cpu/gpu loop together in a couple of months, and im going with the xspc dual bay res, with a built in mount for a mcp655 pump. I have a df-85 case and not a lot of room, so it will keep the case looking clean. i also dont see your rads? make sure your getting ones with the right fpi for what you want. i personally am going with thick/dense rads and high speed fans, you might awnt a more silent approach with lower density rads and quiet fans. Not sure if your going with 1 or 2, but logically 2 makes more sense if your cooling 3 components. Lastly i think it all depends on your budget. My loop is going to run about $1000 with all the fittings, fans and other accessories. But if i were on a tigher budget, that could easily be brought down to the $5-600 range. Good luck with ur build, better make a work log!(all advice is given by a noob who has yet to actually put a loop together, lol)
Sorry i was planning on going with these two raids and thanks for the advice.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/53...AcJ&mv_pc=2611

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/53...AcJ&mv_pc=3804
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Don't intake air from the bottom rad. Set it to exhaust, either on it's side with vent cut-out on the back panel for air to escape, or flat and exhausting downward. Incorporate a fan at the bottom of the front panel to pull air into the rad area.

I have it set with top exhausting as well, using medium speed fans with a high speed/high cfm fan out back pulling air in.
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