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Hey guys,

So I just RMA'd something I didn't expect to get anything back for, and now have 100$ to newegg, so I figured I'd pick up a few things for my water loop.

First things first, I need some help deciding on the loop. I'm not looking for anything crazy, but I need (it feels so wrong using "need" in reference to water cooling...) to hit my i5 and my two GTX 580's (reference). I'm thinking a 360, and either a 240 or 120 in between the cpu and gpus. What would you guys recommend? I was thinking perhaps grabbing the rasa kit (RX360), replacing the pump, and picking up a 240 rad (and obviously new tubing and extra fittings and such.) Perhaps someone could start me on that build? Point me to pumps, what fittings I'd need (no thanks on compression...) and weather or not I need the 240 rad or a 120.

Also, just got that money to newegg, figured I'd grab a 6 channel fan controller so I can run push/pull on the 360. Going to use the stock fans for pull and looking for a good fan for push that I can get off newegg, any recommendations? Also, any tips on the controller? I'd like to get some blue LED fans.. but cathodes are always an easy option so its np.

Thanks,
GA
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The Lamptron FC8 is a great fan controller and high quality. You can get away with a good 360 and good fans.
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Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 Fans of bust! These are one of the best you can get, hence the reason everyone is sold out right now.

I think you really need to set a budget and post here that way people can give recommendations based on what you have budgeted.
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Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 Fans of bust! These are one of the best you can get, hence the reason everyone is sold out right now.

I think you really need to set a budget and post here that way people can give recommendations based on what you have budgeted.
Good idea, thanks mate!

So, as far as budget goes, I'd prefer to spend around $400 on the loop, not including the $110 of store credit I have at newegg.com. So my TOTAL money available for this loop would be 510 dollars, plus or minus $50.

So for anyone helping me, keep in mind I'm a first time WC'er, and custom loops and tons of 45'/90' compression fittings and other such nonsense sounds scurry, so I'd like to keep this more simple and effective than insanely powerful.

Once again to restate the goals, I wish to hit my two gtx580's (reference) and an i5-2500k with the loop. I plan to have decent/hefty overclocks on all, i5 will be pushing 4.6-5ghz, and the 580s will be high as well.

So I was checking out what they had on new egg, and saw these swiftech rads on newegg, might grab two of them.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108086
and the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108098.

So that would give me a 360 rad and a 240, planning to go P/P on both, and then where to go for the rest of the build? Pumps? Res? Fittings? Blocks?

Originally I was thinking one of the rasa kits, but I've heard such bad things about the pump and am not sure how extensive of a project it would be to swap out the pump in those res's..

Anyways, hopefully that can give you guys more of an idea of what I'm looking for.

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res is rlly personal preference and what your case has room for. and the res will dictate which pump u get, if you get a res fitted for a specific pump. blocks are the same, ur not going to see 10 degree differences between a $50block and $100 block, maybe 1-2c, so pick something that aesthetically complements ur case. Fittings, 1/2id 3/4 od for max flow. and bistpower seems the be the populr choice for fittings. im building one this fall with the xspc dual bay res fitted for a mcp655 pump cuz my df-85 isnt the roomiest case around , again personal preference.
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res is rlly personal preference and what your case has room for. and the res will dictate which pump u get, if you get a res fitted for a specific pump. blocks are the same, ur not going to see 10 degree differences between a $50block and $100 block, maybe 1-2c, so pick something that aesthetically complements ur case. Fittings, 1/2id 3/4 od for max flow. and bistpower seems the be the populr choice for fittings. im building one this fall with the xspc dual bay res fitted for a mcp655 pump cuz my df-85 isnt the roomiest case around , again personal preference.
Hey thanks for the reply!

Yeah, I really like the res's that fit into your 5.25" drive bays, they are nice for space. Perhaps you could point me towards a solid one like that and a pump combo?

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check out performance-pcs.com i just picked up a ton of stuff from their site really cheap. i highly recommend the XSPC Razor Water Blocks for the 580s. and they have yate loon fans for about $3-$4 dollars a piece with leds.
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check out performance-pcs.com i just picked up a ton of stuff from their site really cheap. i highly recommend the XSPC Razor Water Blocks for the 580s. and they have yate loon fans for about $3-$4 dollars a piece with leds.
Are those full blocks? They don't "look" like full blocks...

Thanks btw, that site is great!
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